2 results for tag: Developmental Disabilities


Report: Low pay makes disability caregivers a ‘workforce in crisis’

By Christopher Scragg/Cronkite News February 17, 2020 Arizona fared relatively well in a national report card on its level of care for people with developmental disabilities, but advocates fear those services are being threatened by low pay and high turnover rates for caregivers. And Arizona is not alone. The 2020 edition of “Case for Inclusion” said states across the country face a caregiver “workforce in crisis,” with turnover rates just under 70% in one state. Those problems are aggravated in Arizona, which had the smallest gap between the median wage for caregivers and the state’s minimum wage in 2017, the last year for which ...

Lawmakers Grapple With Sub-Minimum Wages For Workers With Disabilities

By HANNAH COLTON | September 13, 2019 People with intellectual and developmental disabilities often get individualized support in order to hold a job. Many work for regular pay, but a nearly century-old federal labor law allows some employers to pay these workers less than minimum wage. Lawmakers called a task force to study this issue earlier this year. The Legislative Health and Human Services' Disabilities Concerns Subcommittee heard arguments Wednesday for and against the controversial practice. The U.S. Department of Labor program allows employers to adjust wages based on how a person’s disability affects their work productivity. ...