It is in a lot of cases and yet, I’ve also seen where it’s a godsend.
I used to work with kids that have autism, cerebral palsy and downs syndrome in my early 20s. Some had extreme special needs.
Yet clearly bright and intelligent. Many non-verbal but could communicate with fingerboards and modified computer inputs.
For a straight case of Downs Syndrome, I see no excuse for a subminimum wage. Whatever jobs they can do should be paid at regular rates.
But severe autism and cerebral palsy and with some other issues, I could justify an extended but limited subminimum wage for training.
But the companies should be monitored closely for abuse as one ‘trick’ they pull is switching jobs so the workers always operate at a level of incompetence, which they use as justification for continuing subminimum wage.
Being productive and earning is a pride that can be good. I’ve seen the benefits.
But such encouragements don’t justify extended exploitation labor.