Use of Section 14(c) certificates and observed trends

Literacy as a very necessary work skill

Very few adults with intellectual disabilities can read, as special education classes nationwide have traditionally focused on daily living skills rather than academics. If the 14c sub minimum wage scale allowance is abandoned, there is no way in hell that the entire adult population of individuals with ID will possibly be able to compete in the general marketplace for "ordinary" jobs by being twice ostracized: disabled and illiterate. Oddly enough, so many in this population have the capacity for becoming literate, even as adults (as they for the most part possess that necessary pre-requisite: being able to carry on a give and take two way conversation with another), but through 17 years of special education schooling were never afforded the opportunities for direct one on one tutoring of literacy skill acquisition to help them become independent readers.

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