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In partnership with families, the Greater Richmond ARC creates life-fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Excerpt: Why Are People Trying to Take My Disabled Daughter’s Job Away?

Vice channel Broadly. recently published an account from author and mother Jane Bernstein about her experience with her daughter's employment at a sheltered workshop. The article explores the benefits this environment has provided to 31-year-old Rachel. We found it to be a compelling read and want to share it with you. You can read the full article here >>

It thrills me to see my daughter productive and content. When I mention her success at TOC, I'm often asked, to my surprise, who pays for all of this. Federal block grants go to the states, the kind of funding tax-averse politicians and their constituents rail against. The Federal money they claim is wasted on "welfare moochers" is spent on support services for children or the aged, for people with mental health, intellectual, or physical disabilities.

But these days my pleasure at seeing Rachel at work is tinged with anxiety. This kind of supported worksite is being phased out in every state. If TOC is shuttered, she will lose her job, her community, and all the steadiness and satisfaction she has found since she's begun to work here. Read more >>

ARC provides a similar workshop environment as one employment option for people with disabilities. You can see our Westwood facility and learn more about ARC Employment Services in this short video.