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Doing away with Section 41(c) trending idea

I believe that Section 14(c) is a disservice to individuals with disabilities and it should be eliminated or at least amended to require equal pay that other workers receive. These individuals should be paid equitable wages just like any other employed worker. I am a family member of multiple individuals who have constantly been faced with challenges of not being able to show what they are capable of accomplishing.... more »

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Easy to Say End 14c When it Doesn't Affect You or Your Family

I'm really disheartened to see all of the comments about how evil 14C is from people who have no skin in the game. It's easy to sit there and say everyone should be paid equally when you don't have a severe disability, or a family member with one, or own your own business that provides lots of jobs at equal pay for people with severe disabilities.

My brother has a 1st grade reading level, poor eye-hand coordination,... more »

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Retain 14(c) as an Option

Section 14(c) is an open door for many in the community. I work for a CRP that strives to create jobs for adults with disabilities in our community. Many of our clients struggle to find robust, sustainable, and fulfilling work within the community at minimum wage. The jobs that are available for many of them only have enough work for a few hours a week, for a short period of time, or are not a good fit for the clients... more »

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Use of 14(c) in New York

I've noted that the vast list of subminimum wage certificate holders in New York has largely if not completely requested renewed certificates. I find it troubling that these organizations, which "employ" hundreds of people with disabilities across the State are not making plans to transition voluntarily into paying at least the same minimum wage paid to nondisabled people. While I'd like to see legislation move forward... more »

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Minimum wage protections for all workers!

Skookum supports minimum wage protections for all workers, including those workers who have disabilities. Skookum is a nonprofit employing over 1200 people with diverse abilities. All Skookum employees are paid prevailing wages with full benefits. Many have come from jobs that paid sub-minimum wages and they are now in living wage career jobs with potential for advancement within or external to Skookum. We are committed... more »

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Disability Law Center

Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments through the 14(c) National Online Dialogue. The Disability Law Center ("DLC") is Utah's designated Protection & Advocacy ("P&A") Agency – part of a nationwide network of Protection and Advocacy Agencies that work to protect the legal rights of people with disabilities.

As the P&A for the State of Utah, we have played an integral role in the implementation of the Home... more »

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Not So "Good" Will

Years ago, when I was working in post acute brain injury rehab, I sometimes accompanied clients to vocational rehabilitation appointments. I was employed as a therapist through Goodwill Industries, there were job developers available through Goodwill Industries, and those of us who cared about our clients would never encourage them to use our job developers if they wanted to work anywhere other than Goodwill Industries.... more »

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Section 14(c) One Option for Individuals with Disabilities

I work for a CRP that offers a full range of employment services and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Section 14(c) is one of our options that can provide employment opportunities for those with the most significant disabilities. Let's not reduce an individual's options for choice. Each individual is unique and all types of opportunities for work should be available for their... more »

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14C Negates Competitive Integrated Employment

14c certificates are not creating real work opportunities for disabled workers. As a sibling of a person with Intellectual Disability and advocate, I have seen firsthand how disabled workers are shortchanged by providers with 14c certificates. There is little creativity for supporting disabled workers to build their skill set and I have yet to see a provider that aims to get disabled workers to GRADUATE with skills from... more »

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People deserve to make their OWN choice

In observing and speaking with differently abled people and their families, some do not feel safe out in the community or having their family member left to fend for themselves in an environment that doesn't understand their needs. The choice should be theirs and theirs alone to make. Wage differentiation allows them to have work they otherwise wouldn't get hired for and have a level of self worth to earn and spend their... more »

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14c isn't right for everybody, but it's important for many

You're going to hear from a lot of people that defend 14c and want to keep it available as an option to ensure continued work opportunities, and you will also hear from a lot of people that say 14c is exploitative and everybody deserves minimum wage. How do you figure out what's right? Here's my experience - I've worked at a DD provider for 34 years, as CEO for the last twelve years. I'm also a CPA, so I understand... more »

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People deserve better

I have worked in behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 20 years and while I respect people's choices I have never met a person who had real options provided with multiple experiences that matched their skills, interests and talents that are working in segregated, sub-minimum wage settings. I have been involved in multiple instances where people were not getting opportunities to make... more »

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14c exploits my sister's labor

My sister has a great memory, is resourceful, great with kids and animals, thoughtful, determined to learn, helpful, responsible, and kind. I can think of many jobs she would be good at - pet care, child care, working at a library, tour guide at a historical site, receptionist, advocate for people with disabilities, or even working at a clothing store. If my sister were truly supported to explore jobs, I'm sure we could... more »

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Everyone deserve a fair living wage and to work in the community

End subminimum wage and segregated employment. Integration into the community including jobs is essential to end dependence on benefits and meet the intent of the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Act (improving the quality of lives of people with disabilities), Ticket to Work Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
Subminimum wage is an outdated concept that has long... more »

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