Community Feedback

Community Conversations

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is committed to engaging the I/DD community in its work to guarantee the successful implementation of SB 639 (Durazo). In order to reach as many community members and stakeholders as possible, the Council held twelve (12) virtual community conversations (in English, Spanish, ASL, and Vietnamese, with live captioning available) during March and April of 2022. Meetings were scheduled strategically during day, evening and weekend hours. SCDD’s goal in hosting several community conversations was to ensure that people with disabilities and those who support them had the opportunity to share thoughts, insights and innovations to improve the working lives of people with disabilities statewide. These opportunities were advertised regionally as well as statewide.  We invite you to explore the outcomes of these conversations as summarized in the attached reports.


Letter-writing Campaign

California passed a law that will stop the practice of paying sub-minimum wages and require employers to pay fair wages for work. This change will not happen immediately; people with disabilities and those who serve and support them are working to put together a plan to make these changes happen during the next few years.

The California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) has been working to gather stakeholder feedback on these important employment and wage-related concerns by holding Community Conversations and sponsoring a letter-writing project. SCDD is now asking people with disabilities, their family members, professionals, service providers, coalitions and others to share their information, thoughts and/or concerns about sub-minimum wages and how to make sure that people with disabilities are paid fair wages for their work.

To share your input with the Council, please use the link below to send a letter or statement about these issues. The Council will use this information in putting together a report to the state’s Legislature, which is due in January 2023. SCDD will continue to collect information and input through the end of November 2021. Thank you for your important contribution to this effort.

Click here to share your input to the Council.

Self-Advocate Employment Stories

Self-Advocate Employment Stories Needed! 

State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) wants to highlight your story as a part of our efforts to phase out subminimum wage. Tell us: 

  • What is your experience working in a sheltered workshop and/or for subminimum wage? 

  • Why is employment important to you?

  • What does employment look like to you? 

  • What is your career goal(s)? 

Submit your story (here) or connect with us on social media #CACIEDream