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All Sides with Ann Fisher

Looking at Sheltered Workshop Models and the Creative Alternatives

11 am

Sheltered workshops have given disabled individuals a chance to contribute to society through employment opportunities. But the work can often be dull and sometimes exploitative. Last summer, President Obama passed a bill that has caused some workshops to close and others to adapt. We'll  look at how some workshops are transforming into productive and creative spaces.


  • Susan Dlouhy, president of Norwich Consulting Services, co-author of “Upcycling Sheltered Workshops”
  • Patty Mitchell, artist and co-author of “Upcycling Sheltered Workshops”
  • Kurt Schmitter, ?Director of Workforce Development at Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Kathy Ditson, program manager at S&H Products