Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act was intended to encourage companies to hire disabled veterans returning from war. But 14(c) has become a way for companies to pay employees with disabilities less than minimum wage. In this episode, Michael and Holly discuss subminimum wage with Serena Lowe and Sunny Cefaratti. Sunny gives her personal account of the eight years she spent in a sheltered workshop making less than minimum wage. Serena talks about what is being done to eliminate this practice.

People should be able to receive care from the ones who know them best - and those caregivers should be paid for the work they do. Join Michael and Holly as they talk with Melissa Schlemmer, blogger for and caregiver to her son, Christopher. Together they’ll discuss what being the caregiver for someone with a disability entails. And they will also talk about the many people who provide care for a loved one but are unable to be paid for it.

Language is important, and how you talk to and about a person with a disability matters. Join Holly and Michael as they talk with Liz Weintraub, Senior Advocacy Specialist with AUCD. Together they’ll discuss hurtful, outdated, and improper language they’ve heard in their everyday lives. And they’ll give words or phrases they’d rather hear instead.

What do you do when your child will die without an organ transplant, but the hospital decides they are ineligible due to their disability? Michael and Holly talk with Crystal Gallagher, mother of a child with a disability, about being denied a transplant. They discuss how discrimination in transplants is still legal in many states, and offer solutions to change this practice.

“If I need help going to the bathroom, and I can’t get it, it’s just like there is no bathroom.”

Judy Heumann joins Michael and Holly to discuss personal assistance services. In this episode, you'll get the history of the independent living movement from someone who helped shape it. You'll also learn how in-home care is different from nursing homes and adult foster care. Listen in as Judy offers insight and advice for future generations of advocates.

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Welcome to the Disability Garrison podcast! Meet our hosts, Holly Carmichael and Michael Murray, and hear a quick overview of how the show works. You’ll also learn why the idea of a garrison is a powerful analogy to the disability rights movement. Finally, Michael and Holly will share their goals for the Disability Garrison and talk about how they’re excited to connect with you–and other powerful advocates–through this podcast.

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