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

Section 14C not helpful to my sister with disabilities

My adult sister has worked at low functioning jobs in the community. These jobs are available for her because she can work at low-functioning activities, given to her at a lower income. Working in the community brings her "purpose" and happiness.

I do hope SECTION 14C is NOT repealed so that adults like my sister can continue to work and be part of the community with lower-waged services all her own.

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Hardships for Employers

Transitioning away from 14c sounds great, until you are the employer trying to get the most production for your money spent and you have 3 guys at 50% productivity for full wages. The employer can't survive financially and eventually everyone looses out. It would be helpful if more employers were open to hiring individuals with disabilities and helped carve out jobs that they could be successful at.

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There decision, There Rights

I work with people with disabilities, I also have a Niece and a stepbrother in law who have disabilities. They are very happy to work but there production doesn't warrant them the amount of money that everyone else gets and it shouldn't. They produce below 50% and some below 7%. What the government is doing is taking their option to work in a facility out of the equation. 14C gives them the option to work as all... more »

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Parent and advocate

The current requirements on customized employment set by our state VR office indicate any individuals in a day habilitation program or in a sheltered work situation are eligible to receive customized employment services. Unfortunately, many people with very mild disabilities are often served in those programs if a provider has not been aggressive in seeking employment outside of that setting. As a result, most of the... more »

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Thousands left unemployed is not progress

As the leader of a venerable nonprofit agency, I have had the privilege of serving adults with Intellectual Disabilities for 15 years. Literally, hundreds of those we have served have benefited from the 14 (C) Certificate Program over the years and continue to do so today. When I say that they have benefited, to be clear; they are now earning competitive wages in the communities in which they live at a variety of employers.... more »

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Transition with the time

14 (c) came about in a time when America's economy was based on manufacturing. The 14 (c) were about paying people based on their productivity. Since then assembly lines have been replaced with technology. 14 (c)s need to also transition with the time. According to the ADA and the Olmstead Decision the most integrated setting is defined as a setting that enables individuals with disabilities to interact with non-disabled... more »

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Keep Shelter workshops

This population needs to feel like they have a purpose. You cannot imagine the pride and happiness when they receive their paychecks. I am so amazed at many of them when they learn a job skill. They are focus and very diligent in completing their tasks. We cannot take jobs away from them. No matter how little the check amount might be. It was earned by them and many will say to me " No work No Pay!

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Mother of a 25-year-old

I am the other of a 25-year-old woman with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is a person considered high acuity by professionals. When she was growing up, my husband and I thought a position at a sheltered workshop was the best-case scenario. Today, I am embarrassed that we sold our daughter short. She has been working for 4 years as an office assistant. She earns the minimum wage for are area,... more »

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Stop Looking Through Rose Colored Glasses

As a service provider in Maryland, where 14c is being eradicated by state law, things are not so rosy. We had 3 or 4 contracts with companies who needed work done, and several individuals who we support did their work every day and got a paycheck for it. When we approached these companies about bringing our persons served to their locations to do the work (even with job coaches) or paying minimum wage (even if it meant... more »

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Believing Is Seeing

KFI, a 58 year old non-profit service provider headquartered in northern Maine, which began as a segregated school and developed center-based, segregated programs – including a sheltered workshop - over the first 20 or so years of its existence.

In the early 1980's many of us at KFI had the great fortune to learn about supported employment from disability leaders who told stories about people with disabilities working... more »

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14c Certificates

I have worked with individuals under the 14c certificate that both made below minimum wage and some made above. Finding employers that will employ the disabled population is still very challenging; especially when the company can hire 1 individual that may take 2 or more disabled individuals to do the same job. The 14c enables service providers to gain contracts for work that a lower functioning individual can do and... more »

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Stop Building Alternative Worlds

I was fortunate to be the executive director of a local chapter of The Arc in Danville Virginia through the transition from segregated programs to fully inclusive supports. In 2012 when we started our transition, the sheltered workshop had about 130 people with developmental disabilities working under the 14c certificate. And while at the time you could ask any person there if they were happy there, and the answer would... more »

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those with significant intellectual disabilityies need 14(c)

his name is Jose and he leaves with his mother and he works in a place that offers 14(c) he is happy to work with them because he feels use full and if he looses his job he is going to get the press and feel like nobody needs him because he is mentality disable he can not get a job by him self or spreased him self because he can not speak a lot or splaind him self. Thats why is is working were they offer 14(c) to help... more »

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