PuddingPlease yeah I have similar thoughts to you. I have worked alongside people with intellectual disabilities, and I’ve also looked after residents who used to work in these factories. Not everyone is suited to both, so I wasn’t a fan of the person in the article saying we need to move away from having these places seperate. The factory absolutely gives these individuals a purpose, which is absolutely the most important thing! If they do away with these type of factories, it will isolate a lot of people who would otherwise not cope in a mainstream workplace. If they do end up all in mainstream workplaces, some people would need a carer, and what business (especially a smaller business) is going to employ a carer and pay a full wage for the employee? And for some individuals, the work will be ‘busywork’, ie not really a role that actually needs doing, so the employer could decide to just not have the hassle and the expense. Anyway that’s just my experiences!
I didn’t realise they were getting paid that low though, it’s a wonder that that’s allowed IMO.