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Monday, June 25, is the 80th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act. As members of the National Federation of the Blind, we stand against Section 14(c), a provision that allows segregated workshops, like some of those operated by Goodwill Industries, to obtain a Special Wage Certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor that allows them to legally pay workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage. We know that this antiquated practice traps workers with disabilities in low-paying, menial work and that a minimum wage should apply to everyone. That’s why we support the Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment (TIME) Act.

 

On Monday, we, along with other advocacy groups, will be taking to social media to educate people about this issue. We will be using the hashtags #timeforTIME and #14CIsNotForMe, and we need you to help raise awareness. Below are some sample tweets you can use, or you can feel free to post something you write yourself.

 

As we mark the 80th birthday of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the benefits it provides working Americans, it is important to remember that it excludes workers with disabilities. #timeforTIME #14CIsNotForMe

 

Over the last 80 years, working conditions have improved. But people with disabilities can still be segregated and paid less than the minimum wage. #timeforTIME #14CIsNotForMe

 

I believe that people with disabilities deserve fair treatment and fair pay. #timeforTIME #14CIsNotForMe

 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at kanderson@nfb.org or 410 659-9314, extension 2243.

 


Apply now for the Missouri BELL Academy

BELL Academy -  BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning) Academy is a 2 week program during the summer that provides blind and visually impaired children ages 4-12 with intense Braille instruction through fun, hands-on learning activities. 

Now in two great locations.

Location

4800 NW 88th. Street

Kansas City, MO  64154

1750 S. Big Bend Blvd.

St. Louis, MO  63117

Dates/Times: 6/18/18 - 6/29/18, 9:00 am - 3:45 pm 7/23/18 - 8/3/18, 9:00 am - 3:45 pm
Registration Fee: $50.00 $50.00
Lunch: Student brings their own lunch. Student brings their own lunch.
Transportation: Parents transport. Parents Transport
Program Coordinator:

Debbie Wunder

(573) 268-6989

nfbmissouribell@gmail.com

Jenny Carmack

(314) 239-9776

jcarmack314@gmail.com

 

For more information about BELL Academy.    Click here

To register for BELL Academy.     Click here

Become a Missouri BELL Volunteer

Click here for the Online Volunteer Form

or contact

Debbie Wunder (573) 268-6989 or Jenny Carmack (314) 239-9776

 


The National Federation of the Blind of Missouri

2018 Annual Float Trip

Sponsored by the Sports and Recreation Committee

 

Come join a weekend of FUN rafting, socializing and much more!  There
will also be canoeing, kayaking, as well as horse back riding all on
the waters of the Courtois, Huzzah, and the upper Meramec River in
wonderful Steelville, MO.

 

When: August 17-19, 2018

 

Where: Bass River Resort – Steelville, MO - www.bassresort.com

 

Three meals on Saturday and light breakfast on Sunday is $20 per person and $50 for a family.

Cabin:  approximate cost of $115 for two nights per 1 person.  The more people attending the less the cost!!

Canoe: $50 per canoe and $25 for additional person

Rafting: $35 per person

Camping: $12 per person per night family area and 15 per person per night in the loud area per night

Kayaking: $34 single kayak

Other activities will need to be checked on at request.

We need to sign up by June 16, 2018 and a down payment will be required
by July 1, 2018 and final payment will be due by August 1, 2018.
Please send an email to Amy Wilson to reserve your spot for this
awesome weekend of fun!  Amy Wilson’s and Christopher Tisdal's email
and phone numbers are listed below if you have any questions.

Amy Wilson
Phone: 660-441-1907
email: olddrumnfb@gmail.com
Christopher Tisdal
Phone: 314-440-1684
email: cktisdal@gmail.com

 


The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.