Description of The Unseen Minority: A Social History of Blindness in the United States: 14. The Workshops
The modern sheltered workshop derives from an 1840 innovation by Samuel Gridley Howe at the Perkins Institute in Massachusetts. This chapter discusses subsequent attempts to overcome the isolation of individuals of workshops and efforts to protect them from the competition of prisoner and other labor. The World Wars and New Deal legislation have had a significant impact on the workshops, which today are most important in the lives of people with multiple disabilities.