Michael Bailey on Employment: Part 2 of 3

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Lesson title

Michael Bailey on Employment: Part 2 of 3

Video title, link and release date;

Michael Bailey on Employment: Part 2 of 3; March 18, 2013

Video Length

Eleven minutes and thirty-two seconds.

Grade Level

High School & Above

Video Summary

  • There are many institutions and issues involved in the employment of adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Section 14-C of the Fair Labor Standards Act allows for government subsidized pre-vocational work for people with developmental disabilities in private businesses.
  • The businesses who partake in this pre-vocational work subsidy for people with disabilities are not required to pay these workers minimum wage.
  • The “pre-vocational” training of 14-C, which was intended to last a few months, has proven to be a permanent arrangement that has allowed the private businesses to exploit the people with developmental disabilities for free/cheap labor.
  • Michael Bailey and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) are pursuing legislation to make it illegal to segregate people with disabilities in the workplace.

Review Questions:

What types of tasks do “pre-vocational” workers perform under 14-C? What example does Bailey give?

What exploitation does Bailey discuss in Iowa?

What former court case does NDRN argue use as a precedent in its new lawsuit?

Freewriting “Journal” Prompt:

What about this report do you have questions about?

What part of this report was most surprising or shocking to you? Why?

What do you want to know more about?


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