Allow disabled individuals to continue working on subminimum wages
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The Department of Labor has decided that all individuals, including the disabled, must be paid minimum wages. The organizations who service the disabled formerly were allowed to pay subminimum wages, which were based on the individuals ability to produce work. These organizations cannot afford to pay minimum wages because not all disabled can produce enough work to warrant minimum wage. As a result most of the disabled, including my daughter who has Downs Syndrome, have lost their jobs. This is a devastating blow to them, they thrive on being productive, being a part of the community and feeling included in society. It does not matter to them if they receive $.50 an hour or $11.00 an hour. They are now being segregated from the community because now instead of being out there they are sitting in Day Hab facilities training for the outside world which they are now not included in. There are many local businesses who provided work for these people, so it is affecting entire communities, not to mention the dedicated caring people who work to include them in the community.
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