Front of Athens Messenger, Ohio News:  “Disabiities Board Eliminates Sub-minimal wage at ATCO”

“No matter who you are, you can do anything that anybody else can do. You just may have to do it a different way,” said ATCO worker Glenda Murray .”  (Like tie your own shoelaces?)
“It is important that the Athens County Board of DD and ATCO make this step of paying all their workers minimum wage to show and support the philosophical shift that individuals with disabilities  should receive the same value for the  work they perform as anyone else would, said .”  director of the board.
Remember when residents of “asylums” were taken from their jobs, which they loved and were part of the structure of their lives because they had to be paid so much for their time?   How could the board itself  do this to their charges? They are either misguided or hypocrites or fulfilling some hidden agenda which is NOT in the best interest of their charges.  Can’t they envision that the workload contracted out to ATCO will dry up if they’re expected to pay  equal for the simplest kind of small jobs that take much, much longer?
Didn’t anyone ever hear of “piecework?”  The hypocrisy of it all!  There’s a hungry shark infesting the waters of this movement, and the most innocent are the ones being sacrificed.  By the bye, I’m not anti-disabled. My daughter is included.
Nan Mykel

About Nan Mykel

At 79, I was just about to stop keeping a journal, but that felt like accepting that growth was finished. I don't want to be finished, yet! I'm 80 now, and struggling to communicate with you, if you'll come and set awhile. P.S. My how time flies! I'm 83 now.
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