[Nfbmo] Let's Tweet - #FixWIA Wednesday and Twitter Chat Thursday

Shelia Wright sbwright95 at att.net
Tue Feb 25 00:04:38 UTC 2014

Below is an announcement about this Wednesday being another #FixWIA Day.
Please send out tweets and invite your friends to do so too. You do not have
to be blind or have a disability to care about what is the right thing to


Our Missouri Senators are at:




The message below has some sample tweets. Just remember simple short
statements are all it takes. 


Also, find out about the Twitter Chat on Thursday.


Thanks for your help. Let's keep this event growing!

Shelia Wright

NFB of Missouri




From: Nfb-legislative-directors
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Subject: [Nfb-legislative-directors] #FixWIA Wednesday and Twitter Chat

Fellow Federationists:


This Wednesday, Feb. 26, we will host another #FixWIA Wednesday. A few weeks
ago, we had our best campaign yet-we, with the help of TASH and APSE,
generated over 600 tweets with the hashtag #FixWIA! Unfortunately, our
Senators still do not understand our concerns with WIA. 


As you know, we are concerned with two aspects of the Senate's version of
the reauthorization of Workforce Investment Act (WIA). First, Section 511 of
Title V brings the payment of subminimum wages to people with disabilities
into the Rehabilitation Act for the first time. Second, Rehabilitation
Services Administration (RSA) will be transferred from the Department of
Education to the Department of Labor. No research shows that this move will
improve services for people with disabilities, and we fear that services
will be less effective. If you would like more information about our
concerns with WIA, please see our blog post at:


Participating in #FixWIA Wednesday is simple! All you have to do is generate
a few tweets expressing your concerns with WIA by tagging your senators and
using the hashtag #FixWIA. You can find your Senators' handles here:
<http://govsm.com/w/Senate> http://govsm.com/w/Senate. Feel free to
customize the below tweets with your Senators' handles. 


@SenatorDurbin, will you #FixWIA? Please #Strike511 and keep RSA in the
@usedgov. Americans with Disabilities are counting on you.


@SenatorBarb Section 14(c) is discriminatory. Don't ease it, end it.
#Strike511. #fixwia.


@SenJohnsonSD, Quality education and rehabilitation lead to competitive
integrated employment. Keep RSA in @usedgov. #fixwia.


@SenJohnBarrasso, Shaking up the #rehabact without data & research could
adversely affect millions of PWDs. #fixwia. Keep RSA in @usedgov.


@SenFeinstein, Sec. 511 puts subminimum wages of Sec 14(c) of the FLSA into
the #rehabact. Please #fixwia. #Strike511.


@StabenowPress, do you support equal pay for people with disabilities?
#FixWIA. #Strike511.


Last time, the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE)
activated their membership to help us reach 600 tweets. They have the same
concerns with WIA that we do. In fact, APSE and the NFB will be hosting a
Twitter Chat on Thursday Feb. 27 from 1-2 PM Eastern about subminimum wages
and President Obama's recent Executive Order. I encourage anyone who can to
please participate in the chat by tweeting questions and concerns about
subminimum wages. The hashtag for this event is #EmploymentFirst. 


Thank you to everyone who participated in our previous #FixWIA campaigns. I
know the more #FixWIA Wednesdays we do, the more tweets we will be able to
generate. The more tweets we generate, the more our Senators will become
aware of our concerns. Once Senators understand our concerns, change will
happen. Let your concerns be heard! Through our efforts, we can ensure that
fewer people with disabilities are subjected to detrimental subminimum wage
sheltered employment. 


If you have any questions about #FixWIA Wednesday or the twitter chat, feel
free to reach out to me at  <mailto:rsloan at nfb.org> rsloan at nfb.org or by
calling 410-659-9314 extension 2441. 


Thanks everyone,





Rose Sloan

Government Affairs Specialist



200 East Wells Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Phone: (410)-659-9314 ext. 2441

E-mail: rsloan at nfb.org <mailto:rsloan at nfb.org> 

Twitter: @RoseSloan8


"Eliminating Subminimum Wages for People with Disabilities" 



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