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The 115th Congress has just been sworn in and NOW is the time to act!  Tell Congress to say NO to the Time Act. Tell your Representative and Senators that the Time Act would bring harm to your communities.

The House version of the Time Act is H.R. 188. It has picked up three additional co-sponsors in the past week. The Senate version of the Time Act is S. 2001.

CLICK HERE to tell your Representatives to NOT push the TIME Act. Call your Senators, call your Representatives, e-mail them, tweet them. Ask your members and employees and their families to do the same.


How to TAKE ACTION on Accses Website:




Ask Me!…about what is the MOST IMPORTANT part of my job.

A Federal Committee formed to evaluate employment opportunities is preparing to submit a recommendation to the president to eliminate the 14 C option (payment of subminimum wages). This recommendation has the potential to dramatically impact, perhaps eliminate the viability of sheltered workshops/Community Programs throughout the country. Community Programs provide vocational training and work to individuals with disabilities who have shown a strong desire to remain in these programs where they can have the satisfaction of earning a paycheck in a work environment of their choosing.

Recently a group of parents and supporters formed a group, Friends of the OTC, to protect their loved ones who work in a sheltered workshop program and to raise awareness of this attempt by a federal committee to bypass existing law and force their sons, daughters and friends out of work, denying them employment in a setting especially designed for their specific needs and abilities. Many people who do not have a family member or friend with a disabilities may not know how important CP’s are to people with disabilities. CPs provide more than employment – they provide individuals with the satisfaction and pride of earning a paycheck.

If you would like to learn more about this issue, please write to [email protected]
Or visit www.AskMeCampaign.org where individuals with disabilities explain in detail why these workshops are so important to them. These individuals with disabilities ask a most important question to the members of this committee, why don’t you Ask Me before making any change.

There is also a wonderful video from the very individuals who stand to lose their employment if this legislation is passed. Please take a moment and view– the video is short but summarizes this issue much more than words possibly can.