Voice of the Nation's Blind

The Blog of the National Federation of the Blind
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Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities

Blog Date: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

From the 2012 Annual Report of the National Federation of the Blind

What Remains Unsaid About the Minimum Wage

Blog Date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

By Marc Maurer, President
National Federation of the Blind


What about Workers with Disabilities Being Paid Three Cents an Hour?

Blog Date: 
Monday, January 7, 2013

The New York Times recently published an editorial calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage. The article noted that the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has not increased since 2009, and that the federal minimum wage for waiters and waitresses and other tipped workers has been $2.13 since 1991. The article did not note that federal law has allowed workers with disabilities employed by certain entities to be paid less than the federal minimum wage since 1938, and that this discriminatory policy has not been reconsidered since that time, even as more progressive disability laws like the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act have come into force.

Amazon Kindle Letter Writing and Video Campaign

Blog Date: 
Monday, November 12, 2012

Dear Friends:

We’re Not Giving Up

Blog Date: 
Thursday, November 1, 2012

The National Federation of the Blind, as well as every other disability advocacy group in America, has always believed that our problems are not related to our disabilities, but to society’s misconceptions and attitudes about them. The issue is really low expectations. Most people with disabilities are unemployed or underemployed not because we cannot work, but because society does not believe that we can work, or believes that we cannot do so productively, or believes that accommodating our needs in the workplace would be too troublesome, or believes some combination of all of these things. At some time in our lives, many of us have believed these things ourselves; we are, after all, part of society, and we absorbed society’s low expectations for us.

Legislative Alert on CRPD

Blog Date: 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

By Jesse Hartle


Fellow Federationists:


We have been working to build support for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  Ratification of the CRPD would solidify the United States as a global leader on disability rights, and protect Americans with disabilities who travel, work, study, or serve abroad.    The opposition has stated that the disability community is uninformed and does not really support the disability rights treaty.   The National Federation of the Blind must take action to urge our Senators to support this important initiative.  We believe that the Senate will take a vote on this treaty after the elections, and we are now partnering with over 250 disability groups to maximize the push for ratification of the CRPD treaty.