Michael Bailey on the Disability Rights Movement’s Future: Part 3 of 3

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Lesson Title

Michael Bailey on the Disability Rights Movement’s Future: Part 3 of 3

Video title, link and release date;

Michael Bailey on the Disability Movement’s Future: Part 3 of 3; March 18, 2013

Video Length

Six minutes and two seconds

Grade Level

High School & Above

Video Summary

  • NDRN president Michael Bailey discusses the current state and the future of the disability rights movement.
  • Bailey sees the passage of leadership from the veteran advocates to a new set of young, activist leaders as a crucial transition that the disability rights movement faces in the coming years.
  • Bailey believes that upcoming young leaders in the disability rights movement have far higher expectations than the older generation.
  • Bailey advises Disability Rights Galaxy and organizations like it to keep a clear eye on what actually is happening to people with disabilities and what people with disabilities want — oftentimes, truth gets distorted by public policy makers and other interest groups.

Review Questions:

What kinds of expectations does Bailey’s daughter have for herself that prior generations would find remarkable?

What belief about disability does Bailey deem a myth?

Freewriting “Journal” Prompt:

What about this report do you have questions about?

How do you see disability handled in American culture? Do you think that people with disabilities are accepted into the “Great American Melting Pot”?

What do you want to know more about?


Will is the editor for the Galaxy Awareness and History pages as well as one of our pollsters. He is a sophomore at Seattle University majoring in philosophy. His home is La Crosse Wisconsin.

One response to “Michael Bailey on the Disability Rights Movement’s Future: Part 3 of 3

  1. I just watched Mr. Bailey’s 3 videos and thought them to be an excellent overview of the state of people with developmental disabilities in America. I agree 100% with everything he advocates except for one important item. That is eliminating subminimum wage. Finding jobs in the community, for people with developmental disabilities, is one of the hardest tasks providers have. Sheltered workshops are clearly taking advantage of people and they need to change or go out of business but putting them out of business by eliminating subminimum wage has the potential to hurt people who are not in sheltered workshops as well as those who will be coming out of them looking for employment in the community. People with developmental disabilities can meet the full job requirements of some jobs but cannot meet requirements of others. Subminimum wage is a tool to help get jobs that an employer can afford to pay for reduce productivity. I believe there are two things that can be done to correct this situation first sheltered workshops are not meeting the requirements of Section 14(C) an audit of their practices would reveal that quickly and their certificates could be revoked. Second rather then eliminate subminimum wage a floor should be established as a percent of the current minimum wage, I think that is in the range of 30% to 50%, so that no one could be paid less. That would make sheltered workshops non-competitive putting them out of business. I to have daughter with a developmental disability she has not worked for 4 years because her provider is unable to find her a job. At the same time the provider several excellent programs for their clients who have higher level abilities than my daughter, they are getting jobs. Subminimum wage is a tool to help find jobs treated in that light it can benefit people.

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