Washington, D.C. (October 14, 2016) – The Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD) held a briefing yesterday in response to the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID)’s report on integrated competitive employment for youth and adults with disabilities and subminimum wage. The event addressed the Advisory Committee’s recommendations on practices and policies for reforming employment infrastructure for people with significant disabilities.

“CPSD strongly supports the recommendations in the ACICIEID Report, and urges the Congress and the next Administration to work aggressively toward its implementation,” said Barb Trader, Executive Director of CPSD. “Yesterday’s highly productive and robust conversation highlighted many of the economic challenges of our day facing the disability community due to inequities within our employment structure. Swift implementation is not only the right thing to do, it is imperative for the health and well-being of our society. We cannot afford one more generation of people with disabilities living in poverty as a result of massive unemployment.”

The briefing represented a critical first step in overhauling an antiquated, unequal system. To learn more about determining priority areas and strategies for driving implementation of the Advisory Committee recommendations, contact Julia Bascom at jbascom@autisticadvocacy.org.

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