Kentucky Rehabilitation Association
"Promoting Ethical and State of the Art Practice in Rehabilitation"

Governmental Affairs Information

Consistent with the Kentuckyl Rehabilitation Association's mission statement "The Kentucky Rehabilitation Association (KRA) is a member organization that promotes ethical and state of the art practice in rehabilitation with the goal of the personal and economic independence of persons with disabilities", the Governmental Affairs Program offers our members the opportunity to participate meaningfully in shaping vocational rehabilitation policy at the State and Federal levels.

Being the longest-serving and one of the strongest organizations in providing advocacy and awareness on behalf of individuals with disabilities, the Kentucky Rehabilitation Association's Governmental Affairs professionals are committed to communicating the importance of informed grassroots advocacy and enhanced outreach to every level of government to ensure the continuation of evidence-based rehabilitation practices and policies.

09/11/13 Action Required!

Today we are asking everyone to make phone calls and send e-mails to our Senators to stop Section 511 from putting more individuals at risk for subminimum-wage employment! As you may know, Senate Bill S. 1356 has been introduced to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). This reauthorization includes two policy changes which threaten to take us backwards in our efforts to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to obtain competitive, integrated employment.

There are two primary concerns with the legislation: 1) the proposed language in Section 511 contains a statement that individuals served by Vocational Rehabilitation can earn sub-minimum wage. While this language is intended to reduce use of sub-minimum wage, Section 511 will have the opposite impact, and will codify the use of sub-minimum wage within the Rehabilitation Act; and 2) the bill proposes to transfer the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) from the Department of Education to the Department of Labor (DOL). RSA serves individuals from childhood to adulthood; there is concern that movement of RSA into DOL, will diminish RSA’s comprehensive scope.

Please call or email your Senator to share the following requests:

I am a voting constituent living in your state and I am respectfully requesting that the WIA reauthorization be amended to:

1)    Remove Section 511 of the Rehabilitation Act.

2)    Remove the language transferring RSA to the Department of Labor.
Also, please ask if there has been a cost analysis for the move of RSA to DOL and whether additional costs are prudent during a time of sequestration.

We understand this is short notice but we are strongly encouraging everyone to contact their respective Senators by the end of the day. Use the information below to send e-mails and to call your particular Senator’s office.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
(202) 224-4343

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
(202) 224-2541



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