People with disabilities live better lives when we are included in our local communities. That’s just as true when it comes to work as it is for education and housing. With the right supports, people with all kinds of disabilities and support needs can have good jobs that pay us well — but too many of us are still warehoused at dead-end, segregated workshops that pay pennies on the dollar. The Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act (TCIEA) would end the discriminatory practice of subminimum wage, and give states and service providers the resources they need to create better employment support programs. Now is the time to take action and let your members of Congress know you support TCIEA and will be watching as they make the choice to advance this bill, recognize our rights, and build the infrastructure we need to exercise them.
People with disabilities deserve real work for real pay. Here’s how YOU can take action to make that happen:
If you also want to call your members of Congress, you can use our Elected Officials Lookup and script:
My name is [your full name], and I am from [city]. I’m calling to ask the [Senator/Representative] to support the Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act. This bill would make sure that people with disabilities get to work in our communities for fair pay. With the right supports, people with all kinds of disabilities and support needs can succeed in integrated employment, and TCIEA would give states and service providers the resources they need to provide those supports. Can I count on the [Senator/Representative] to support the Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act?
You can learn more about employment policy with ASAN’s Easy Read toolkit.
It’s long past time for people with disabilities to have equal opportunities and equal pay. With every action you take, you bring us closer to making that a reality.