Disabled deserve fair wages [Letter]

June 18, 2014

After reading the article, "On the job (and under the radar" (June 15), regarding the "sub-minimum" wage offered disabled workers, it's clear why people with disabilities are unemployed or underemployed. A culture of low expectations and low pay — not to mention transportation needs — keep people with disabilities from the workforce.

If half-pay for half-productivity is such a great idea, I wonder why we reserve this practice only for people with disabilities. What if teachers who take twice as long to grade papers only earned half their pay? What if surgeons who took twice as long to complete a procedure only earned half their pay? And what if politicians who only showed up for half of their votes only received half of their salaries?

Kim Willard, Hereford

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