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

Transitioning - It Can Be Done

Over my career I have worked with many 14(c) providers on their efforts to transform their service. The strategies to do this have been well documented under many federally funded initiatives including some funded by ODEP, which I would suggest taking a close look at. What is clear, is that this is very much possible, and that in the end more individuals are working in the community at better pay, and are leading much... more »

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Transformation

Our organization made the decision to discontinue the use of the 14(c) and closed all of our workshops over the past few years. While we heard all of the same reasons to maintain the status quo and all of the stories of those 'left behind' the transformation has been nothing but a success. Those who truly wanted to be employed are now working in competitive integrated employment. Those who were in the workshops for... more »

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The disabled should have a choice

It has been my observation while walking through sheltered workshops that these precious individuals are happy and they take such pride in their work. Some can only manage to put together a handful of 5 "widgets" together in an hour, but they feel they have accomplished something and you can see it in their faces. They have a sense of purpose coming in everyday...a reason to get up and get going!! It saddens me to think... more »

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Feedback from Disability Rights Maryland

Disability Rights Maryland (DRM), formerly Maryland Disability Law Center, is Maryland's federally-mandated Protection & Advocacy (P&A) agency and a member of the National Disability Rights Network. As such, DRM is part of a nationwide network of organizations working to advance the rights of people with disabilities. In 2016, DRM supported the passage of the Maryland's Ken Capone Equal Employment Act (EEA), which made... more »

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Severely disabled need the sheltered workshop

I oppose getting rid of section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. I am the mother, guardian, and caregiver of my 23 year old son with severe autism and epilepsy. He is essentially non-verbal, has had violent outbursts and is unemployable elsewhere in the community. We have tried community employment three times. We live in a very rural area. He has been working in a sheltered workshop for the past 2.5 years. He... more »

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My observations

Our family loves our sheltered workshop for our family member who has a cognitive disability. He thrives at this workshop because of the guidance and pace of work. There is do much support! He has friends and coworkers that engage. So important for brain stimulation. The workshop is safe which is very important. He has a full life and a reason to get up every morning. It is a major plus to our community and society!... more »

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The Need for Continuation of 14C

My son is is employed in a workshop. In a workshop setting, individuals have close supervision and transportation services. These jobs provide opportunities for individuals to work while benefiting from support services. This work environment helps build self-confidence, friendships and independence. Everyone deserves to have those things in their life. If a workshop is closed many would not find other employment... more »

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Job Coaching and Development extended based on individual need

We need an array of supports to assist individuals with developmental disabilities to reach there path to employment. That array should include at least a year follow along and Job development from state Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Many states such as Ohio limit that support to 90 day and that simple is not enough time for many folks with developmental disabilities. While on the other hand some state extent... more »

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Less Reliance on 14c Leads to More Competitive Integrated Jobs

Despite federal laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that provide a civil right to community inclusion, hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities across the United States still spend their days isolated from the community. Individuals with disabilities have historically been viewed as incapable of being productive members of society. Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act is rooted in this... more »

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A Person's Success Should be the Barometer, Not the Idea

My son, Daniel, is now 29. He has been in the workforce for 9 years, transitioning his last year in high school. We chose a workshop for him based on his needs and skills, and at one point we decided to expand his work environment (due somewhat to a push from the state) to include the enclave (the business that provides the piecework he does) 6 miles south of us. So, every Monday morning he worked there; but after... more »

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More resources

More resources and supports are need to transition from 14c, and even 14c should remain an option. Many are not able to do other work than 14c. Let's make 14c an option for people, and not view it as a temporary stepping stone. Many people in our Ohio programs which pay under 14c are very happy. Most, via employment first have tried community jobs and it has not worked. Or they use it as stability in between jobs. The... more »

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Works for Some, Not All

My brother has worked in a sheltered program all his life. But my former employer had several employees with disabilities. Both the employer and the supportive professionals did an exceptional job assisting these employees. For some, it worked reasonably well. For others, it was exceptionally difficult for all involved, particularly when the disabled person was unable to self-protect in an unsupervised setting involving... more »

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My Community Job is Important To Me

I am 40 years old. I have Down syndrome. I want to tell you about my job and how important it is to me.
After graduation from high school, I began working at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. First I worked as a kitchen assistant at their Senior Adult Day Center.Now I work in the Health Club as a Courtesy Assistant. I have many important duties: I check the clients in and have learned how to use the computer;... more »

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People with disabilities want fair treatment and respect

As a disability advocacy and services organization, over the course of many years we have had community members with I/DD share their sheltered workshop experiences with us on a regular basis. They have shared their desire to be paid a living wage; their anger at the fact that those who employ them make far more than they do, and their desire to be part of a workplace just like anyone else. The FLSA's 14(c) is based on... more »

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Its not always easy but things worth doing usually are not

The agency I work for discontinued its certificate years ago and are glad that we did. We realized it did not hold true with our mission and vision. The transition was not easy. There were many conversations a head of time with supported individuals, businesses, families, staff and support teams. Most we just started paying minimum wage, a few businesses choose to let people go, so a few people ended up not having a job... more »

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