Not all individuals with disabilities are able to work in an individual placement environment, earning minimum wage. My son, who is autistic, and is now 37 years old, worked for many years in a warehouse setting, Work Activity Program. He worked hard, thrived, and finally was able to work with a job coach in the community, making sub-minimum wage. Through time-studies he was finally able to reach minimum wage...but this took years to accomplish!
You MUST WATCH the video below of my son, as he talks about the importance of working...some of his comments are: "I value my job. This is the best job ever. At first I wasn't working fast enough, but they gave me a second chance. I am glad they did. My job coach makes sure I do everything right. I like getting a paycheck and buying my own things. I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'D BE DOING IF I DIDN'T HAVE A JOB TO GO TO EVERYDAY! I NEVER WANT TO TAKE MY JOB FOR GRANTED." Words from a young man who would not be doing what he is today, if it were not for sheltered workshops, affording individuals the opportunity to work, thrive, socialize, earn money, gain confidence and grow into the best they can be! These individuals do not care HOW MUCH MONEY they make, they care that they are being productive in their own way...and if that means earning minimum wage...then we don't have the right to take that away from them!
WE CANNOT ALLOW Section 14(c) to be REPEALED! I cannot imagine all the individuals that would end up at home doing nothing because they could not transition to an individual placement opportunity in the community. Workshops offer THE BEST SOLUTION for many individuals with disabilities!