Letter to the President about subminimum wage and supported employment

Dear Mr. President: 

The purpose of this letter is to provide comments on behalf of ACCSES members and the people with the most significant disabilities we serve and employ regarding the National Council on Disability’s (NCD) Report on Subminimum Wage and Supported Employment (August 23, 2012).

...We support several statements of policy included in the introduction regarding the need to apply the vision of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the need to eliminate discrimination. We also support many of the recommendations included in the report as part of a “comprehensive system of supports” [page 6]that reflect a consensus position, including support for expanded and improved integrated benefits planning and assistance [pages 9-10]; peer support for families and individuals with disabilities [pages 10-11]; opportunities to explore and discover (notification of services) competitive, integrated employment [page 11]; and modernization of state infrastructures to facilitate the expansion of supported employment such as including incentives to encourage competitive, integrated employment outcomes. [page 14]

However, we strongly disagree with assertions regarding the alleged “propagation of injustices” under the current system, which relies on section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (Section 14(c)).

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