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Intellectually disabled struggling to find work

February 17, 2014 • National News


This photo taken Feb. 10, 2014 show Matthew McMeekin, along with his mother, Bebe McMeekin, posing for a photograph at their home in Bethesda, Md. Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and billions spent on government programs to help them. Even when they find work, it’s often part time, in a dead-end job or for pay well below the minimum wage. McMeekin, 35, of Bethesda, Md., has spent 14 years working at Rehabilitation Opportunities Inc., a nonprofit sheltered workshop where he and other disabled workers are bused each workday to stuff envelopes, collate files or shrink-wrap products _ all for far less Login to read more

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