One in five Americans lives with a disability, yet many labor protections (including the minimum wage) do not apply to disabled workers, and benefits for the disabled are woefully insufficient. Massive structural relief for individuals with disabilities is way past due.
1. TIME Act
Pass the TIME Act. While that Fair Labor Standards Act created better wages and working conditions for most Americans, it contained a provision that excluded people with disabilities from its protections, especially the minimum wage. Nearly 80 years later, the law still contains that provision, known as Section 14(c). The Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment Act, or TIME Act, will phase out Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) over a three year period.
2. Expand SSDI
Protect and expand the Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI). Remove barriers to individuals who can’t afford a lawyer to help them apply for SSDI.
3. Education & Jobs
Increase employment and educational opportunities for persons with disabilities - In the year 2019, it is unacceptable that over 80 percent of adults with disabilities are unemployed. Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and vocational education programs. Expand funding for Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), which aim to provide “one-stop shopping” for information on long-term services and support.
4. Guarantee Care at Home
Guarantee long-term care at home as a right to all Americans. Nobody should have to leave their home to receive long-term, necessary care. A modern healthcare system preserves the dignity of the people it treats.
5. Ratify CRPD
Fight for the U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
6. Marriage Equality
Establish federal marriage equality for individuals with disabilities.
7. Pay Equity
End all exceptions in wage laws and workplace protections for individuals with disabilities (beyond the reach of the TIME Act). Federally guarantee pay equity to all people, regardless of ability.