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Orange Grove could lose funding for on-site job program due to state policy changes

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State policy changes in Tennessee could eliminate jobs for people with disabilities at local facilities, including the Orange Grove Center.

The facility is in danger of losing funding for its on-site job program due to a new stance adopted by the state.

Tennessee's Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is now saying that individuals with disabilities should not be segregated from the rest of the workforce.

Earlier this week, Orange Grove's Executive Director sent a letter to all families, staff, and volunteers that alerts them of the "serious threat" to the center's day services program.

The center's on-site job program -- which employs 400 people -- is funded by the state.

Orange Grove will be holding a meeting about the future of their day job services on Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m.

State officials will be on hand to answer questions in the cafeteria at the main campus, which is located on Derby Street in Chattanooga.

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