Mentally retarded

@k15682 (301)
United States
March 1, 2010 6:09am CST
Should mentally retarded work, either in a workshop setting or in the public? My views on this are that most if not all mentally retarded people can do something in a work setting. I am not talking a minimum wage job, I am talking anything that earns them a paycheck. If you have ever seen a $.10 paycheck that was worthy of framing you know what I mean! So, what are your views on this? Thanks
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@phoenix8606 (4978)
1 Mar 10
hi! mentally retarded people should not work in some public places, not because they are dangerous or something like that, but just the people can be dangerous for them. there are many different people and also people who don't like or even like to insult mentally retarded, and that's why they should not work on public places
@k15682 (301)
• United States
1 Mar 10
Thanks for your response but I think their feeling of accomplishment is no more important than yours or mine. There are many public places for mentally retarded people to work.
@k15682 (301)
• United States
1 Mar 10
I meant no LESS important or just as important. oops
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
1 Mar 10
Regardless of the handicap be it mental or physical, I think that if a person is capable and WANTS to work then yes they most certainly should..I mean why not? They are ppl too and they have desires and ACTUALLY working can be extremely beneficial for them in regards to things like their self esteem and such..
@k15682 (301)
• United States
1 Mar 10
Many times with mentally retarded people their WANTS have to be encouraged, which I think we should be doing as a society.
• Estonia
1 Mar 10
I think that mentally retarded people should be given an ability to earn some money for themselves or to just express themselves through painting, singing or whatever else. They are humans too, they need to feel somehow accomplished, to feel they have achieved something. I've seen a documentary about some kind of cafe, I think it was somewhere in Germany. The waiters and waitresses there were people with down syndrome. This cafe was very popular and all the customers praised the staff for pleasant service.
• United States
1 Mar 10
I think it depends on the person & how debilitated they are & what duties the job would entail. We have some people with various disabilites at my work. However, it is a minimum wage job for even ME! But like them work is work no matter how much you are paid especially in this recession. There's one guy I haven't seen in a while he's deaf and he's a hoot to talk to! He always makes me laugh with the things he says.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
1 Mar 10
I believe the job should suit their abilities. If a person is social, chatty, friendly, then a more public position. If crowds make them nervous or they are more introverted then they should work in a shop. I think that the disgustingly low pay that companies will pay people with disabilities is embarrassing. A lot of these people are outstanding employees and should be compensated as such.