Oh…. I’m so betwixt and between about the topic of minimum wage. I just read a blog where the writer did not agree with the justification of minimum wage for the disabled. Specifically, she discovered that Goodwill pays 22 cents an hour. There are aspects of her post that I agree. But to be honest, this is not a black and white issue. When you dig a little deeper, you start to see the gray areas.
My daughter works in an occupational training center (OTC) and she is paid by the piece. You will find a wide spectrum of abilities with the adults who work there. This is a place where someone begins to learn basic skills. As skills and independence grow, there is opportunity for these men and women to work outside of the OTC. However, not everyone is going to be able to make this transition. Jessie gets jobs that fit her skill set. In the case of my daughter, it was by the good grace of this OTC to even accept her in their program. They did this because they felt that she was capable of more than what would be expected of her in an adult day care setting. However, the reality was that she didn’t have enough skills to be in the OTC. The reasons for this are many. Jess could not sit still, was highly distractible and she was not a good worker. She had no skills. Over the course of the year, she went from “sitting and observing” to being part of an assembly line which produced over 200 pieces of product. [Read more…] about Minimum wage; not black and white