I am the mother of a 24 year old daughter with significant developmental disabilities. We live in Oceanside, CA.
In California, the American Community Survey reports that in 2017, the employment rate of working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities living in the community in California was 36.8 percent compared to 77.3 percent of working-aged people without disabilities living in the community. In 2016, the California Department of Developmental Services reports that only 14.2 percent of people with developmental disabilities who are receiving services through the Regional Centers for Developmenatal Disabilities are working.
I believe that all policies at the state and federal level must set expectations for a living wage, integrated employment, microenterprise training, and self-employment.
I also strongly believe subminimum wages further negatively impacts the quality of life and the ability of people with developmental disabilities to support themselves.