WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) released the following statement today in reaction to the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement that it has entered into a statewide settlement agreement that will resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for approximately 3,250 Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities:

“The settlement agreement announced today is an important step forward.  This 10-year plan will help put an end to segregated settings and foster a more inclusive workplace.  It will give more individuals with disabilities the opportunity to live independently, work at a fair wage, and contribute their considerable talents to the community.  I am pleased the state and federal government are working in partnership to proactively ensure individuals with disabilities and their families have the support they need to transition to the workforce and be fully included in all facets of society.”