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Bottom Dollars and 40th Anniversary Celebration!!

DRWV is celebrating 40 years as our state’s P&A!  To celebrate, we will be hosting an event on September 22, 2017 from 3:30PM to approx. 8PM @ the Embassy Suites in Charleston.  To view a flyer for this event, please click here.

The showing of Bottom Dollars, which is a Rooted in Rights film, has been approved for 2 hours of Social Work CEU credits. Go to http://drwv40anniv.eventbrite.com to register.  The cost is $10 for Social Work CEU and $15 for the Dinner/Celebration.  We do have limited free seating for the Bottom Dollars Screening if you don’t need the CEU credit but wish to watch it, however, you still need to register online so we can have an accurate account of people. (Due to funding restrictions, we must sell the Bottom Dollars tickets separate from the dinner, however, we encourage you to register for both. You won’t want to miss either!)

Also, stipend funds are being made available to people with developmental disabilities and family members of people with developmental disabilities through funds from the WV Developmental Disability Council.

The schedule of events is as follows:

3:30-5:30 PM Screening of Bottom Dollars with panel discussion immediately following.

5:30-6PM Mingling and cash bar

6-8PM DRWV History Celebration Dinner and a premiere of “DRWV: A Video History”

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About the Film

When the Fair Labor Standards Act passed in 1938, it included a revolutionary civil rights protection: a minimum wage. American workers could no longer be exploited for their hard work – with one huge exception. Section 14(c) of the Act included an exemption allowing some workers, people with disabilities, to be paid less than minimum wage.

This provision was originally designed to persuade employers to hire people with disabilities and open up opportunities. Instead, people with disabilities were often employed in “sheltered workshops,” segregated workplaces away from their communities, earning sub-minimum wage.  78 years later, 14(c) remains in effect.

In 2016, nearly 250,000 people are legally paid less than the minimum wage, on average, less than $2 an hour.  “Bottom Dollars” is an hour long documentary that exposes the exploitation of people with disabilities through personal stories and expert interviews. It also presents clear employment alternatives with competitive wages and community inclusion. 

Do we want all people to have a shot at a job for fair pay in their own communities, or do we want some people to be separated, exploited and robbed of their chance to seize the American dream for themselves?