TVS team members rallied together to purchase a whopping 114 pair of boxer/briefs to donate to a Sharing House underwear drive. During a recent visit to Sharing House by Nancy Stricker, TVS Community Relations representative, she learned of the dire need to shore up their stock of underwear to give to those in need. Nancy shared this need with Emily Owens, Training & Development Specialist, who jumped at the chance to inspire TVS team members to be part of the underwear drive. Emily posted fun signs around the building and gave regular nudges to contribute to the cause. Another example of TVS being dedicated to all people in our community.
Today, April 16th, is a National Day of Choice. This day of advocacy recognizes that within the past few years new laws and regulations have limited the choices that individuals with significant disabilities have regarding where they are allowed to work, live, or receive training. Current their right to work is protected by section 14C of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The Congressional “Raise the Wage Act of 2019” proposes increases to the federal minimum wage, yet also abolishes section 14C completely. We are asking Congress to vote NO” to this bill. National advocates hope that failure of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 will lead revision of the bill, to still SUPPORT CHOICE for individuals with significant disabilities. Pressure from families and communities to protect and guarantee person-centered choice for people with disabilities is our goal.
Below you will see a statement that you can copy and paste into an email to our Congressional Delegation. The attached flyer includes email addresses and phone numbers for our Congressional delegation. We welcome your support in having the voices of those with significant disabilities heard and respected on this National Day of Choice. Thank you.
“Please protect the choice of individuals with significant disabilities to work where they choose, by preserving Section 14c of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Voting NO on the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 will show your communities and constituents your commitment guarantee the right to work for individuals with disabilities. Let’s not punish people whose choices are already limited by enacting regulations and laws which further restrict their lives”.
The INTERACT group from TVS (Transylvania Vocational Services) invites the public to attend a closing reception for their “Art Through the Universe” exhibit on Thursday February 28, from 4:30 – 6:00, at the Transylvania Arts Council at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. The group’s artwork has been on display throughout the month of February and the show has enjoyed great attendance as well as sales.
In addition to the opportunity to meet the artists and purchase final pieces or art, jewelry and more, guests of the closing reception will be treated to a very special event. The INTERACT group will offer a sign language performance that celebrates their core philosophy of “never giving up”. This inspiring performance has been presented to grateful audiences at more than a dozen regional locations, including Mountain Sun Community School, Anchor Baptist Church, Brevard Little Theater, Koala Adult Center, and the Transylvania County Jail. For more information about the reception, contact Jeanette Wayne at firstname.lastname@example.org