Dignity in Pay Act

Developed through extensive discussions with the disability community, including providers of sheltered workshops, the proposed Dignity in Pay Act (House Bill 793 HA1) aims to ensure fair compensation for individuals with disabilities.

Contrary to common misconceptions, the Dignity in Pay Act will not close sheltered workshops, but mandates that all workers in these environments receive at least minimum wage, supported by a Transition Fund to facilitate this shift. 

Additionally, the Act promotes economic empowerment by addressing fair pay as both a civil rights and economic issue, enabling individuals with disabilities to earn a living wage. 

Be part of the change

The Employment and Economic Opportunities for People with Disabilities (EEOPD) Taskforce has been assigned the responsibility of formulating the transition plan for the gradual elimination of subminimum wage. 

Established by the General Assembly in 2009 (20 ILCS 4095/), the taskforce examines state programs and policies to identify necessary changes for removing barriers to competitive employment and economic opportunity for individuals with disabilities. This includes assessing obstacles like transportation, housing, program accessibility, and benefit structure. 

Several workgroups exist within the EEOPD Taskforce, including a Dignity in Pay workgroup. Contact SWTCIE Illinois project manager Robyn Lewis, Ph.D., to learn how to get involved with the EEOPD Taskforce workgroups.