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Submit Comments about 14(c) and Subminimum Wage to the
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is preparing a report for recommendations regarding the civil rights implications of the continued use of subminimum wage for people with disabilities.
Written comments can be sent to


DEADLINE: December 15, 2019

On November 15, 2019, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held a hearing to examine the impact of the subminimum wage and use of 14(c) certificates on people with disabilities. Advocates, civil society organizations, academic and legal experts were invited to provide testimony.

Julie Christensen, APSE's Director of Policy and Advocacy, presented on a panel about strategies and successes for transitioning to competitive, integrated employment. You can read APSE's testimony here.

Testimony was also provided by APSE members, John Butterworth (Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston), Teresa Grossi (Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University) and Bryan Dague (College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont). Additionally, Jenny Stonemeier, APSE's Executive Director, provided a statement during the public comment period at the end of the hearing.

The full meeting agenda, meeting materials and submitted testimonies are available for down load on the USCCR website.

What can YOU do?

Advocacy in Action

Every day is an opportunity to engage in policy and advocacy and promote Employment First!

Ways to engage:

  • Call your state legislators and/or members of Congress (U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or Google the phone number for your local office)
    • Provide your name and city/state where you live
    • Briefly share your thoughts on the issues that matter to you
    • Share your personal stories
    • Additional talking points on the policy priorities of APSE are available on our website.
  • Send a Tweet or a Facebook Message to your members.

Advocacy in Action

Read below to learn about APSE's latest accomplishments surrounding public policy and advocacy. 

National APSE Director of Policy and Advocacy Invited to Testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

November 20, 2019

National APSE Director of Policy and Advocacy Invited to Testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about 14(c) and Subminimum Wage for People with…

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Call to Phase Out 14(c) and Subminimum Wage by 2022

April 18, 2019

As the only national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to Employment First – a vision that all people with disabilities have a right to competitive employment…

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E1 Executive Order Signed in NC

March 29, 2019

On March 28, 2019, Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 92 – “Employment First for North Carolinians with Disabilities.” The EO can be viewed…

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Washington State Looks to End Subminimum Wage

February 27, 2019

Advocates in Washington State have been working to end Subminimum wage for people with disabilities by helping create and supporting legislation in the 2019 Washington…

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