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1 Citizenship and Employment Rights, Responsibilities & Beyond Carol Blessing, LMSW Senior Extension Associate

2 WHAT DO WE MEAN BY ‘CITIZENSHIP’? Framing Question:

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5 Is this Man a Citizen? 5

6 The Moral Ideal of Citizenship simonduffy.blogspot.com He is a citizen – disguised as a non-citizen and our duty is to take off the disguise 6

7 Citizenship and the Role of Place Missouri AID Petitioned U.S. Senate This petition was delivered to: U.S. Senate, Dept. of Mental Health, MO House, MO Senate, President of the U.S., U.S. House Protect Sheltered Workshops People with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD), which includes mental retardation, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy, have the right to choose where they work and where they live. We believe that sheltered workshops are the only places where some individuals can work and function as productive members of the community.

8 All in Favor… zera zera Coleman CARUTHERSVILLE, MO about 1 year ago (as of April 18, 2014) Liked4 it is a dignafied way for handicapped to make themselves feel useful sherri hudgenssherri hudgens CARUTHERSVILLE, MO about 1 year ago Liked4 I think everyone should have a chance to do something with their lives. Not all individuals are made to work in the public but they should have a place to work that they feel safe going to. Brenda DoodyBrenda Doody ADRIAN, MO about 1 year ago Liked3 Everyone needs to feel needed and feel like they are serving a purpose even people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Sheltered workshops fill this need.

9 Are sheltered workshops for disabled exploitation, or a lifeline? By Bob Shaw Pioneer Press St. Paul, MN By Bob Shaw FINDING THE RIGHT FIT Weaver admits the jobs at Achieve are repetitive -- but says that's exactly what his clients want. "These jobs would drive a lot of people crazy in half an hour," he said. "But our people love them.“ Lynne Megan recalled a phone call she got recently from a warehouse. "They said: 'Our forklifts are dirty. Who would like to clean them?' " said Megan, CEO of TSE Inc., a not-for-profit company in Ramsey County that supports people who have disabilities. "My folks were jumping at that opportunity. 07/07/2012

10 SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT EXCELLENCE: LEADING THE WAY What’s this got to do with us??

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12 Place Matters WHERE people show up matters HOW people show up matters WHO people are surrounded by matters

13 Citizenship by Ideal The seeds of personal power and greatness were planted and bequeathed to human beings at birth…we are born gifted and with purpose Everyone has a right to discover and reach for their purpose through access to equal opportunity and experience Everyone has a responsibility to actively engage and to contribute these gifts for the good of humanity

14 Gifts of the mind Gifts of the heart Gifts of meaning Gifts of the spirit Gifts of the hands Adapted from the work of Aristotle Bancale

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17 Cracker-Barrel: 3 Questions and a Turn-Around 1.How are we standing on what we are trying to lift? 2.Where have we become complacent in our expectations about people with disabilities and employment/citizenship? 3.How do you invite another’s higher purpose to show up and find expression? Turnaround: How will I activate the concept of citizenship in my work/life/community roles?


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