On November 15, 2019, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held a public briefing to discuss the law that enables Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs)) to pay a Special Minimum Wage Provision 14(c) to people with disabilities in work training.
For more information:
- US Commission on Civil Rights Briefing notice: https://www.usccr.gov/calendar/2019/11-04- Sunshine-Act-Notice-Subminimum-Wages.pdf
- A-Team Members Comment at Public Hearing : https://drive.google.com/open?id=1X_7M2clEHsYvMBtQ9bZxNpLjnsOBnJZ5
- The Special Minimum Wage Provision 14c of the law is a vital tool that enables CRPs to offer work training programs for individuals with significant disabilities who choose to work in an environment where they have friendships, support and purposeful
- Hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities benefit from work training
- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Hearing did not present the Special Minimum Wage Provision 14c and work training programs in a fair and balanced manner. Of the 20 professionals on the panel, only 2 supported the importance of work training programs.
- A report will follow this Hearing and it is feared the Commission will recommend elimination of work training programs that use the Special Minimum Wage Provision
- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is accepting comments on this issue by email or letter. Comments are due by December 15,
- If you value work training CHOICE offered by your local CRP, it is vital to SPEAK UP!
- Family members, friends, self-advocates all must
- Consider the following simple statements:
- I work at (name of CRP) and I support 14(c)”
- “I am a parent/ family member/caregiver/friend of an individual who works at a CRP, and I fully support 14(c).
- Add your personal story!
- Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org , CC email@example.com
- Send letters to OCRE/Public Comments, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 1150, Washington, D.C. 20425