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Host A Screening of the Bottom Dollars Premier!

Sparking discussion and encouraging action on important issues is the goal of the new documentary, Bottom Dollars, produced by Rooted in Rights. The film exposes the sub-minimum wages and segregated work environments for people with disabilities through personal stories and expert interviews. It also presents clear employment alternatives with competitive wages and community inclusion.

The film is now available for free for Centers for Independent Living that wish to host screenings and hold panel discussions to help raise awareness and educate audiences about this important topic.

“I can’t say enough as to the importance of Centers for Independent Living screening the film, Bottom Dollars. For our staff it was a revelation as to the dirty secret that is sub-minimum wage. For our community, it was an awakening that despite the ADA and other prominent federal laws, people with disabilities are legally being deprived their right to earn pay commensurate with their work. Truly the film is a call to action.”

– Anastasia Baciagalupo, Westside Center for Independent Living, Los Angeles, CA

We encourage Centers for Independent Living across the country to host screenings of Bottom Dollars, and panel discussions to further the effort in transitioning to community-based employment and fair wages for ALL people.

To host a screening, fill out the form at to receive a free DVD.

You can also contact for more information.

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