We used to have factories that may have given her an opportunity to do some work in a safe environment.
The government closed them.
Remploy factories shut up shop – the end of an era for disabled workers
After 67 years, the government has called time on employment for people with disabilities in state-run sheltered factories
Disabled workers at Remploy’s bookbinding factory in 2000. Photograph: Don McPhee for the Guardian
Wednesday 30 October 2013 09.00 GMT
First published on Wednesday 30 October 2013 09.00 GMT
The last Remploy factories close on Thursday, ending 67 years of state-run sheltered factory employment for disabled people in the UK. For some, it represents a long overdue progression from paternalist attitudes towards disability and work; for others, an unforgivable betrayal.
Closure of Remploy's remaining three furniture factories in Blackburn, Sheffield and Neath, south Wales, will draw a line under an issue that has riven the disability movement and caused huge difficulties for successive governments. Recriminations are likely to continue for many years, but there will be no return to the concept, part of the welfare state settlement, of a protected workspace for disabled people, operated and subsidised by the taxpayer.