Submitted by jessicawichmann on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 09:51
Friday, January 24, 2014
By: Rose Sloan
More than four-hundred thousand people with disabilities are being paid subminimum wages—and it’s legal! Under current law, Special Wage Certificates are granted to nonprofit agencies that run “sheltered workshops” to employ people with disabilities. The Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2013 (HR 831) will phase out the practice of paying people with disabilities subminimum wages over a three-year period. The top ten reasons why you (and your member of Congress) should support the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act are:
Today, the U.S. Department of Labor will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) with an all-day program. There will be a host of presentations on various wage and workplace achievements. However, a significant topic will not be discussed: Section 14(c) of the FLSA.
Submitted by mriccobono on Wed, 10/30/2013 - 08:22
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has been engaged in every aspect of the publishing marketplace to ensure that we continue to move toward the standard of "same book, same time, same price!" In other words our vision for the future is that a blind person (or anyone else requiring specific design features is a digital book to gain access to the content) will be able to buy the same digital copy of the book at the same time as everyone else and for the same price. At the 2013 NFB National Convention in Orlando, Thomas H.
Submitted by jessicawichmann on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 14:15
Thursday, October 10, 2013
By Nicky Gacos, President National Association of Blind Merchants
Since its inception in 1936, the federal Randolph-Sheppard program has become the most effective government employment program for the blind. Today some one thousand blind entrepreneurs operate businesses on federal property throughout the United States, ranging from full-service restaurants and cafeterias to vending machine stocking and maintenance operations. All of these businessmen and women are now adversely affected by the shutdown of the federal government, which has been in place for over a week now.
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) reauthorization, S. 1356, has been reported favorably out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and may go to the Senate floor in the fall for a vote. As constituents and vested stakeholders in the reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act, which is being considered as part of the WIA reauthorization, we seek to #FIXWIA so that it will best serve the millions of people with disabilities reliant on this vital piece of legislation. To that end, we respectfully request members of the U.S. Senate to offer and support the following two amendments to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA):