My favorite part of my recent trip to Washington D.C. was the Buddy Walk on Capitol Hill. We visited Congress and senators’ offices. I had the opportunity to be a part of this event for the second year in a row.

We spoke with Congress and Senators on the passing of the Marriage Access Law. As the law is today, when two people with Down syndrome marry, we lose a percentage of our benefits. Their reasoning behind this is that two people can live together for less money than two individuals each living by themselves. This is not fair at all. We should be allowed to keep our full benefits.

The Transformation To Competitive Employment Act (HR 873/S260) is the second issue we are concerned about this spring. This law will phase out subminimum wage and provide grants for technical assistance and funding to help states and 14(c) businesses to ensure more integrated and innovative approaches to disability employment. We just spent a day on Capitol Hill imploring our congressmen to do something about these extremely unfair practices. We want to be treated equally in the workplace, earning the same fair wages as our typical peers.

Please join us in our battle for fairness for all individuals with disabilities.  It only takes a few minutes to contact your senator on our behalf and ask for their support of these two bills. It’s the right and fair thing to do.