kudos icon +

Use of Section 14(c) certificates and observed trends

Do not repeal or phase out

I believe that 14(c) is very important for our community of developmental disabilities and it should be continued, our residents look forward to come to work every morning and afternoon, they love to get their checks even though it may not be a lot but to the means it means a lot, they like to feel useful. Our community needs this!

Voting

Awaiting Votes
kudos icon +

Use of Section 14(c) certificates and observed trends

My whole big family

Hi my name is Ashlee I work in a sheltered workshop. It's a lot better to work with people who are like me. I dont get taken advantage of at work and I have a lot of fun and friends. If you take the right the right away to not get paid you are taken my whole life away to feel included. Please dont take may whole big family at work.

Voting

Awaiting Votes
kudos icon +

Use of Section 14(c) certificates and observed trends

Those with Significant Intellectual Disabilities Need 14(c)

I have worked in both a competitive employment and a 14(c) environment. I do understand the benefits of working competitive employment, however, I think it also has its' downfalls. While in competitive employment, individuals can feel a sense of "normalcy". They can feel like they are fitting in with individuals who do not have disabilities. If these same individual participate in a 14(c) environment, they still will... more »

Voting

Awaiting Votes
kudos icon +

Use of Section 14(c) certificates and observed trends

Keep 14(c) certification

I work with some amazing people at a sheltered workshop- if we didn't have the 14(c) certification, these great people wouldn't have the opportunity to work. They enjoy being a part of a work family, building these relationships, and gaining experience in the work place. If we lost this certification, we wouldn't be able to support as many clients to work and that would be a tragedy. Keep this as an option.

Voting

Awaiting Votes
kudos icon +

Use of Section 14(c) certificates and observed trends

Freedom and choices for friends/family members with disabilities

I have a cousin who is currently living at a facility that participates within the 14(c) parameters. I have visited this facility and every time I visit or hear from my cousin/aunt I am more and more impressed with the level of care and options that are provided for my cousin and the other members who reside at this facility.

My cousin is a female, 32 years of age, and lives full time at her facility in Alabama. My aunt... more »

Voting

Awaiting Votes
kudos icon +

Use of Section 14(c) certificates and observed trends

Choice and Opportuntity Includes 14(c)

For 27 years, I have worked for a company that supports people with I/DD. The consumers we work for have choices and opportunity to work with production contracts and employment services. The personal flexibility of each individual's schedule is key of the success and high rate of satisfaction shared by our consumers. The idea to phase out 14(c) gives me great pause and does not speak to the needs of the people I know... more »

Voting

Awaiting Votes
kudos icon +

Use of Section 14(c) certificates and observed trends

DO NOT PHASE OUT 14(c)

having the privilege of working with many individuals with disabilities I see the importance to NOT phase out 14(c). these very same individuals would lose their abilities to obtain employment due to the limitations set upon them. the pride and dignity of holding a job would no longer exist for many due to being unable to work in the community. the one size fits all is not a solution for people who have INDIVIDUAL disabilities.... more »

Voting

Awaiting Votes
kudos icon +

Use of Section 14(c) certificates and observed trends

Those with intellectual disabilities

I have worked in a sheltered workshop for 15 years and know that my clients love coming to work. My clients enjoy the company of their peers and enjoy being able to work around people just like them. They are not judge or rushed they are able to work at their own pace. My clients have had DHS come to their workshop and asked if they wanted to get jobs out in the community and have stated no. They have gotten upset with... more »

Voting

Awaiting Votes
kudos icon +

Use of Section 14(c) certificates and observed trends

My son works in a sheltered workshop

I have a 25 year old son with autism that attends a sheltered workshop to work. We have attempted community based employment and there was not a good fit for him. He did not handle working with the public even as a stocker or custodian because he didn't understand the customer service needs and would get frustrated if they go in his way or asked him a question. He would walk away from jobs when he got bored or needed... more »

Voting

Awaiting Votes
kudos icon +

Use of Section 14(c) certificates and observed trends

14C Gives My Son a Full Rewarding Life

Let me start out saying that I am against the elminating of the 14C.

My son, M., lives in Moosic, Pa with his family and has worked at Allied Vocational Services in Scranton for approximately 13 years. He has moderate Down Syndrome. He can read and write, but he doesn't fully comprehend what he reads. He cannot tell time or how to count money. He sometimes can become stubborn and gives staff a hard time, but with... more »

Voting

Awaiting Votes
kudos icon +

Use of Section 14(c) certificates and observed trends

Stop an Outdated System!

I am disabled and have many friends who are disabled. I am a college student and subminimum wage is an outdated, ableist system that needs to end. No one deserves that pay. Independent living is a goal all should be able to achieve and no one can pay for independent living on subminimum wage. The government will actually spend less on disabled clients if they change from 14c certificates. I know some parents are afraid... more »

Voting

Awaiting Votes
kudos icon +

Use of Section 14(c) certificates and observed trends

Individuals with Significant Intellectual Disabilities need 14c

Through many years of working with Individuals with Significant Intellectual Disabilities, I have seen the absolute necessity for the opportunities provided by Section 14(c). Although I am an advocate for inclusion and opportunities in all areas of living and employment, there are some individuals who have difficulty maintaining employment in the community due to significant physical, behavioral, and cognitive limitations.... more »

Voting

Awaiting Votes
kudos icon +

Use of Section 14(c) certificates and observed trends

Integrated, not sheltered, employment experiences

People with disabilities can and do make valuable contributions to the workplace. Like all people, they deserve to be paid a minimum wage (or more). That's why it's called "minimum" wage. Lower wages convey sub-minimum value, and no human being in America is "sub-minimum." Integrated work environments are the next logical step. Building on inclusive education, which is a standard, integrating the workplace is the next... more »

Voting

Awaiting Votes