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MPAS' Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

July 2 marks the 50th Anniversary of the historic signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  This momentous piece of legislation instilled the principles of equality and opportunity, absent of discrimination, for all Americans.  While no one can deny the historical significance of the Civil Rights Act, and the progress that has been made in its wake, too often we are still witnessing Americans with disabilities not being afforded those basic rights.     

MPAS views the deplorable state of employment opportunities for people with disabilities in our country (including segregated work environments and being paid sub-minimum wage) to be in stark contrast to the intent of the Civil Rights Act. The Department of Labor said it best today:

"But the struggle for the Civil Rights Act was about more than simply ending discrimination. It was about ending economic injustice and fighting for fair and equal access to good jobs and decent wages. It was about fighting for the opportunity to strive for the American Dream, without unjust barriers."

Please take a moment to look at MPAS' position statement on employment for people with disabilities.  MPAS continues to supports the development of policies which aim to increase the number of people with disabilities earning competitive, prevailing wages in integrated settings located in the community.   

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July 02, 2014