National Down Syndrome Society Update on Employment

On November 15, NDSS cohosted a briefing with the National Council on Disability (NCD) and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) on the issue of special wage certificates under Sec. 14c of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), under which individuals with disabilities may be employed at subminimum wage rates. Participants included Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS), sponsor of the Transition to Integrated, Meaningful Employment (TIME) Act (H.R. 1377); Neil Romano, a member of the NCD and former Assistance Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy; and Allison Wohl of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) National. Larysa Kautz of Melwood and Christopher Christian of Vadis discussed how their companies voluntarily got rid of their Sec. 14c certificates and began paying their employees with disabilities a fair wage. They explained the positive impact of removing subminimum wages, not only on the individual employee but on the organization as a whole. There was an increase in morale across the board at both of their companies! We will soon post the video of the briefing. You can watch this clip of John Anton, who gave opening remarks for the briefing about how subminimum wage affected him.

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