Action Alerts


Share Your Thoughts TODAY to Support Equal Pay for People with Disabilities!

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor launched the Section 14(c) National Online Dialogue on a website designed to collect and document feedback nationwide. The purpose of the National Dialogue is to garner comments from the public about the impact of paying subminimum wages (special wages) to people with disabilities under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act.


We need your help in getting the word out and encouraging a robust response from all stakeholders – including people with disabilities.


National APSE has created a tutorial that will guide you step-by-step to submit your comments to the Section 14(c) National Online Dialogue website.
Click here to view the tutorial:


Ideas to Include in your comments:

  • If you are a person with a disability or a family member of a person with a disability, talk about why a community job at fair pay is important to you and/or your family. Think about relationships with co-workers, how you and/or your family member have grown in your job position, and opportunities to go into the broader community.
  • If you and/or your family member have ever been paid subminimum wages, talk about how that made you feel and about your transition from sheltered work to Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE).
  • If you are an employment provider, talk about how you support people with disabilities in competitive integrated employment. If you are a provider who has transitioned away from using 14(c) certificates, talk about that experience.
  • If you are an employer, talk about your experience with employees with disabilities. Think about their contributions to your workplace and how you have been able to ensure their success.
  • If you are an advocate familiar with disability employment trends in your state, share information about that progress. Think about which policies have advanced CIE and how your state may be moving away from using sheltered workshops.
For more information, see APSE’s recommendations for the successful phase out of 14(c) and subminimum wage are available for download.


The time is NOW to urge the U.S. Department of Labor to continue the progress towards ending this outdated and discriminatory practice.


Remember, we only have until June 21st to make our voices heard.


Read 14(c) Commentary from the APSE Community

Advocacy in Action

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

Call to Phase Out 14(c) and Sub-Minimum 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

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February 27, 2019

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Subminimum Wage Hearing in Oregon

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