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MASWM Names Its First Executive Director – Disability services veteran Katie Jones has been named as MASWM’s first executive director.

District 8 Meeting Open to All – The active workshops of Area 8 are holding another meeting Sept. 17 to brainstorm on challenges facing workshops. All managers are invited!

The MASWM Fall Meeting will be Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 at the Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center in Branson.

2019 Missouri Day Successes! – Employment choice and other messages clearly made their way to Washington, D.C. and the nation's leaders.

Project In New Partnership for Added Services – The St. Louis area workshop is collaborating with Challenge Unlimited.

Melonie Nevels Steps Up for District V Post Melonie Nevels is the new District V Director. Executive Director and CEO of 2 Rivers Industries in Hannibal, she has helped rebuild that workshop after previously serving on the board of directors there.

Missouri Workshops Emphasize Choice
And Opportunity for People with Disabilities

The Missouri Association of Sheltered Workshop Managers is dedicated to enhancing Missouri's extended employment sheltered workshops, programs for the people we serve and the business services we provide.

Founded by parents and others deeply concerned with the wellbeing and opportunities available for Missourians with disabilities, the association is a leader in the field of disability awareness through education, advocacy and creation of opportunities for people with disabilities.

Workshops were founded by parents and others concerned with safe and sustainable opportunities for adult children with disabilities. Their drive to maximize real-world choice and involvement continues today.

Many of Missouri's workshops operate robust community programs, both for employment opportunities and to increase involvement. Work skills, socializing and other learning are important, along with a sense of contributing to the community.

Businesses nationwide utilize Missouri's workshop services for businesses that range from packaging to custom assembly. Many of Missouri's workshops are the proud custodians of highway rest areas, operate recycling programs, retail shops and other visible efforts that improve their communities and the state of Missouri. Still other workshops manufacture their own original products, helping expand the business opportunities that in turn provide a majority of workshop funding.

MASWM proudly supports our friends, the Dignity Has A Voice campaign and A Team Missouri.

Dignity Has A Voice, powered by the self-advocacy organization A Team Missouri, was created to tell the real story of people with the most significant disabilities and their families, who choose employment in sheltered workshops. 
Please visit www.dignityhasavoice.org to learn more.


MASWM The Missouri Association of Sheltered Workshop Managers
If you have questions, please contact: President Aaron Martin – (816) 796-7070 or amartin@jobonekc.org;
or Legislative Chair Brian Hogan – (816) 483-1620 or bhogan@bvinds.org