Experiences transitioning from the use of Section 14(c) certificates

Negatives of transitioning out of 14(c)

Let's talk transition! The place I work used to have a student to work transition where students from 18-22 could work in a 14(c), earn a wage, and have jigs built to assist with independence of completing a job task. Now, due to the law that option is no longer available to transition students in school. I interact with teachers daily who have concerns about students who cannot handle working more than 1-2 hours at a time. Some students do need jigs to complete job tasks and community employers are not always willing to accommodate with assistive technology/jigs needed. Teachers have concern about some students who are lower functioning and cannot do more than 1-2 jobs tasks. I believe everyone should work but should have to the option to work where they want. If people with disabilities want to work in the community let them take that route. If they want to work in a 14(c) let them. Why are we taking away this service for them? Living in a rural area, I worked with consumers who paid more to have transportation to their community employment than they got paid at their job. Rural areas have limited jobs, community members still have negative opinions about employing people with disabilities and are unwilling to discuss employment options. I don't understand why this country is trying to fade out a good service and opportunity to people with disabilities. Again everyone should have their choice of where they want to work. If a person with a disability wants to work in a 14(c) facility why are we trying to take that right away from them?

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