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MASWM News

Board Conference Includes WIOA Training, Grants & More – Bimonthly work session covers busy agenda.

Missouri Announces Workshop Grant Program – DESE will have $4 million to help workshops deal with the impact of COVID-19.

DED Launches Small Business Grants – The Department of Economic Development has opened a new program for small businesses.

Board Addresses Workshop Challenges – The latest bimonthly meeting involved everything from the state budget to workshops' "new normal."

PPEs For Hearing Impairments, Supporters – The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has equipment like clear face masks.

Info, Resources on Coronavirus in Missouri – We're collecting information to help managers deal with some of the many issues brought by the COVID-19.

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 Rob Libera – (636) 227-5666 or rlibera@lafayetteindustries.com
or Legislative Chair Kit Brewer – (314) 647-3300 or cbrewer@cuinc.org