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IF WE COULD EXPAND THE PEOPLE ABLE TO WORK UNDER 14(C)

WE WOULD HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORK AND AS THEY USUALLY REQUIRE MORE HELP TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR JOBS. WE WOULD BE INCREASING THE WORK FORCE OF STAFF AND GIVING PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABLITIES AND FIND HOW REWARDING THIS CAN BE. PLUS HELPED SO MANY TO ADD VALUE TO THEIR LIFE. THEY ARE SO PROUD AND THANKFUL FOR THEIR OPPORTUNITIES.

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Support Competitive, Integrated Employment

We have years of experience and evidenced based practices which clearly demonstrate that everyone has talent and everyone can work. Nevertheless, we are too concerned about protecting outdated models of segregation to invest properly in human capital and development of people with disabilities.
We know how to place people into competitive wage, integrated jobs. Employers that pay competitive wages. We are no longer... more »

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Save sheltered workshops

We are parents of a 38 year old son with mental disabilities as well as fine motor control problems
Whe he graduated from High School Voc Rehab assessed his ability to become engaged in regular employment but were unable to provide any suggestions for this. They referred us to Knox County ARC Sunshine Industries and he has been
served by them since that time both in its Sheltered Workshop and employment enclaves. We... more »

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Submitted on behalf of Sonya: 14 (c) amendment suggestion

The 14 (c) suggested amendment as follows:

- Implement a bus transport service geared to rural areas to access job sites

- Build more manufacturing plants in Pennsylvania & Virginia to produce essential goods for USA

Benefits~

1st - This would allow plants in rural areas to also expand in Logistics, through services and goods.

2nd - Through these steps this equals, job creation, job training/coaching, and job... more »

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14 (c) Provides Choice and Opportunity

14 ( c ) Provides Choice and Opportunity
Opportunities to work for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are limited. In the broader community, it is not a level playing field. Many of these individuals simply cannot compete for the same jobs. We are part of a community that gives more opportunities than most, and our focus is employment first. Few of these positions are full time. The vast... more »

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What should ODEP conclude from dialogue?

As the parent of an intellectually disabled son, I have been closely following the comments of self-advocates and their parents and family members. To me, these are the only commentators who have "standing." These are the commentators that are directly affected by government policy on disability employment. I have observed that many tell their stories of how Competitive Integrated Employment has benefited them, and... more »

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KEEP 14(C). IT IS A VIABLE OPTION

Many individuals with significant disabilities would not be successful in a competitive job environment where minimum wage (and minimum skills) are required. My nephew is one.

I have observed one sub-minimum-wage workshop. The participants were happy and enthusiastic. There was great camaraderie - and joy. The workshop is a wonderful option for these individuals. They were essentially being paid for... more »

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A Road Less Travelled But Rewarding in My State

Our daughter's educational entitlement ended during the height of the 2009 recession. Despite a handful number of successful job training experiences in the community and a paid junior camp counselor position at our local Y for two summers while in high school, she exited school with neither a job nor a plan for life after school.

At the recommendation of our daughter's high school's transition team, we visited three... more »

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One solution does not fit all

There are a number of disabled individuals that can and should be paid a competitive wage and there are many employers that are willing to support such programs, but there are also many disabled persons (like my daughter) that can work but will never be competitive and will be dependent on specialized/custom employment where such employers are effectively subsidizing the workforce. Such a national policy will be fine... more »

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Does someone tell you were you have to work?

As someone who works for an agency that has 14(c) certificates and an employment department, there is great value to having both programs. Some people who work at our workshop have worked here for many years. This is their job. They gain the same things from their job here as you and I do from our jobs. They have a sense of purpose, belonging, and value. They have co-workers, some of which have become their friends... more »

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NASDDDS: Data on use of 14(c) in State IDD Systems

The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) represents the nation's state agencies in 50 states and the District of Columbia providing services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. NASDDDS promotes visionary leadership, systems innovation, and the development of national policies that support home and community-based... more »

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14c a Bridge to Community Employment

I currently work in Supported Employment services. I understand the need to always work to improve services for individuals served. With this goal in mind more options are better than eliminating choices. All individuals served would benefit from organizations offering work under 14c to also be required to have a Supported Employment service with staff who are certified Employment Support professionals. These professionals... more »

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Continue the exemption

I am posting on behalf of: M. and R.

She wants to continue the exemption.

Trying to force the organizations who are taking care of them to pay 10 dollars an hour rather than 2 dollars an hour is a bad idea.

If the 14c certificates are taken away, the individuals being paid under these certificates will have no place to live.

The point of their employment is to make them feel worthy. They are interacting with people.... more »

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Vital need for keeping 14(c) in place

14c is a great program it helps me and my peers greatly here at Rainbow Omega . it provides us with a sense of accomplishment and vital lessons of learning job skills and being paid for completing jobs . By terminating 14c I feel it would hurt and negatively impact us and the lessons that the job training we receive would be meaningless.

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