[nfbwatlk] letter regarding opposing section 511

Gary Mackenstadt mackenstadt1948 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 19 21:56:53 CDT 2011


Good job Humberto
Gary

On Monday, July 18, 2011, Gloria Whipple <ladygloria at webband.com> wrote:
> I thought so also.
>
>
> Gloria Whipple
> Corresponding Secretary
> Inland Empire chapter
> nfb of WA
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> Cell: 509-475-4993
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of Julie Warrington
> Sent: Monday, July 18, 2011 09:17
> To: NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] letter regarding opposing section 511
>
> Well written. great job!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Humberto Avila" <avila.bert.humberto2 at gmail.com>
> To: <nfbWaTlk at nfbNet.org>
> Sent: Sunday, July 17, 2011 9:38 PM
> Subject: [nfbwatlk] letter regarding opposing section 511
>
>
>> Hello everyone,
>>
>> I've just written to Senator Patty Murray about opposing section 511
>> legislation. I am sending my letter here also just in case. If you want
>> you
>> can work with it as a sample so you can write your own letter and yes, of
>> course you may replace the information provided.
>>
>> letter:
>>
>> Dear Senator Patty Murray:
>>
>>
>>
>> Currently there is a bill working its way through the United States Senate
>> to reauthorize the rehabilitation act as amended.  I am a beneficiary of
>> this contract America has made with her blind citizens.  You and other
>> Americans taught me the special skills necessary to function as a person
>> who
>> is blind.  You then bought me special equipment and provided me a high
>> school education.  I have been working ever since to fulfill my part of
>> the
>> contract, having attended Eisenhower High School in Yakima, WA since the
>> year 2006, and being able to obtain a high school diploma this year. Now I
>> am headed out to college and want to fulfill my American dream of becoming
>> employed full time in a career job that I actually like and will benefit
>> from.
>>
>>
>>
>> Currently the proposed reauthorization contains Section 511, which would
>> sanction the payment of sub-minimum wages to people who are blind or
>> otherwise disabled.  There is no place in the rehabilitation act of 1973
>> for
>> this kind of provision.  The emphasis in the rehabilitation act is to
>> train
>> people for competitive employment, to forbid discrimination against
>> qualified applicants, and to commit the federal government to buying
>> technology, which has nonvisual access built into it.  This latter
>> provision
>> has served to provide a powerful incentive for companies to make their
>> products accessible nonvisually. Everything about the rehabilitation act
>> is
>> progressive.  Sanctioning the sub minimum wage in this act is completely
>> out
>> of character with the reason for its creation.  There is already language
>> in
>> the Fair Labor Standards Act, which allows the payment of sub minimum
>> wage.
>> It was passed in 1938 and should be repealed, but the statement the sub
>> minimum wage makes about blind and otherwise disabled people is completely
>> incompatible with the thrust of the rehabilitation act and I urge that
>> section 511 of the Workforce Investment Act be removed.
>>
>>
>>
>> Please feel free to write or call me if I can answer questions you have
>> about this legislation.  My telephone number is (509) 823-8370, and you
>> may
>> use the e-mail address, which is avila.bert.humberto2 at gmail.com.
>>
>>
>>
>> Respectfully,
>>
>> Humberto Avila
>>
>>
>>
>> end of letter
>>
>>
>>
>> I didn't provide contact information except for email and phone as I wrote
>> this letter in the online form.
>>
>>
>>                  --
>> Humberto Avila
>> Please consider the environment Before Printing this email.
>>
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