National Council on Disability releases report about parents with disabilities and their children

The National Council on Disability (NCD) released a report entitled, Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and their Children.  The report made 20 Findings and numerous recommendations.  Among the findings: removal rates of children where parents have an intellectual disability ranges from 40% – 80%; two-thirds of the states have dependency laws that allow the court to determine that a parent is unfit on the basis of the parent’s disability; every state allows the parent’s disability to be considered in determining the best interest of a child in custody considerations.  NCD reported that “people with disabilities are the only distinct group that struggles to maintain custody of its children.”  NCD recommended that states amend their laws to remove discriminatory language and that all professionals involved in Family Court matters receive training about parents with disabilities.  Finally, the report highlights programs that provide parenting support to people with disabilities to prevent unnecessary removal of children from their families.

National Council on Disability Report on Subminimum Wage and Supported Employment

The National Council on Disability (NCD) has issued a report, Subminimum Wage and Supported Employment. The report is the result of a review over the last year by NCD of the use of the subminimum wage for persons with disabilities, authorized under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. In its report, NCD recommends phasing out the subminimum wage and makes other policy recommendations designed to increase opportunities for integrated employment at or above the minimum wage for people with disabilities. NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.

National Council on Disability Offers Recommendations to the President and Congress

The National Council on Disability (NCD) offered the report, National Disability Policy: A Progress Report, to President Obama and Congressional leadership. This report assesses the current state of people with disabilities in America and how emerging trends are affecting their lives. To view the report visit the NCD website.