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US says R.I. and Providence wrongly segregated disabled

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The US Justice Department said Rhode Island and the city of Providence violated the rights of the developmentally disabled by unnecessarily segregating them at a city school and a state-licensed employment program. The department’s Civil Rights Division alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Harold H. Birch Vocational School and the Training Through Placement program in letters to the city and state last week. Justice Department officials said a sheltered workshop at Birch where students worked long hours doing manual labor for little or no wages served for years as a direct pipeline to the similarly segregated Training Through Placement program.

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