Casting Call for MTSTCIL's Abilities Fair Fashion Show this Saturday, May 16th at 1 PM at the Huntington Mall.

The WV Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Partnership in Policymaking (PIP) Class.  For more information see their announcement (pdf) and application (pdf).

Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE): Ticket to Work for People Who Have a Mental Illness: Support on Your Journey to Employment ( is a webinar on May 27th from 3 to 4:30 Eastern.

West Virginia Advocates’ Priorities and Objectives
Fiscal Year 2016 (October 2015 thru September 2016)

West Virginia Advocates is asking for comments from the public on its Fiscal Year 2016 Priorities and Objectives from May 10, 2015 through June 24, 2015. You may find our current (Fiscal Year 2015) Priorities and Objectives on our website

You may submit comments by:

Public Meeting

You are invited to attend a meeting for the purpose of providing comments on West Virginia Advocates’ Fiscal Year 2016 Priorities and Objectives.

When: May 18, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.


Best Western Plus Bridgeport Inn
100 Lodgeville Rd
Bridgeport, WV 26330
(304) 842–5411

From I–79, take exit 119 and turn onto US–50 East then turn left at the second traffic light onto Lodgeville Road. BEST WESTERN PLUS Bridgeport Inn is located on the right beside Walgreens.

A continental breakfast will be provided.

Do you have a group of people that would like to provide comments but cannot make it to Clarksburg, WV? Contact Clarice Hausch at (800) 950–5250 and request a meeting at your location.

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FSN's Annual Community Sale, May 9th

Posted: April 29, 2015

The Fair Shake Network (FSN) will be having its Annual Community Sale in conjunction with the Old Colony East End Yard Sale on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Board of Education Parking Lot on Elizabeth Street in Charleston, WV.

How can you help?

  1. Donate any non-clothing items to the FSN. You can do this by dropping off your items at the FSN office in Institute, WV, Monday – Friday from 10:00am – 3:00pm, or drop them off on the day of the sale at the selling site. If you choose to drop them off at the sale you must have them there by 6:30am.  Please, pre-price your items.
  2. Volunteer to help on the day of the sale. FSN is in need of volunteers to work during the sale. If you would like to volunteer for at least a one 2 hour slot. Please email with your name and the slot you would like to work.
    • 6:00am – 9:00am
    • 9:00am – 11:00am
    • 11:00am – 1:00pm
    • 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  3. Stop by FSN's booth on the day of sale purchase some great merchandise at a great price!

If you have any questions contact FSN at, 304-766-0061 or 1-800-497-4746.

The Mountain State Centers for Independent Living's Job Fair / Abilities Fair will be at the Huntington Mall.

The Job Fair is on Friday, June 19, 2015, and the Abilities Fair is on Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21, 2015.  There will be a casting call for models Saturday, May 16th at 1 PM.

For more information and links the registration forms visit their page at:

The Karla Smith Foundation's Dial-In Mental Illness Support Group is every 2nd and 4th Monday at 7PM Central.

WV Leadership Academy Training

Posted: April 21, 2015

WV Leadership Academy has upcoming trainings on May 20-22 and September 2-4.  More information can be found in this flyer (doc).

The West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council is offering scholarships (rtf) for young adults with disabilities to attend the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Annual Conference in Washington, DC July 26-30, 2015.

Camp Mend-A-Heart, June 27th

Posted: April 15, 2015

Camp Mend-A-Heart (pdf) is a free one-day summer camp for kids 5 to 15 who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Registration deadline is June 25th.

The Kanawha Putnam Emergency Planning Committee is having a high rise fire exercise on June 6, 2015. They need many volunteers to help with this event. You need to be 12 years old and older. Church groups, youth organizations, civic groups are encouraged to join us for this event. They also would like to have 6-10 people with disabilities to come out and participate. This will allow first responders to receive more realistic training to better serve this population during emergency situations.

Information on how to register can be found here.

WV Leadership Academy Events

Posted: April 10, 2015

The West Virginia Leadership Academy has scheduled for events this year.  For more information see their press release (DOCX).

Are you or someone you know in need of a suit for job interviews, work, or other events?  KISRA, thanks to Men's Wearhouse, will be giving men's suits away to those in need!  Various sizes and styles are available.

When:  Thursday, April 2nd, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.  
Where:  KISRA's Headquarters, 131 Perkins Avenue, Dunbar, WV  

Free Assistance Preparing Your Tax Returns from an emailing from

Free Assistance Preparing Your Tax Returns

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers free tax preparation help through two programs. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA program, is usually limited to people who make $53,000 or less, individuals with disabilities and the elderly, and people who speak limited English. Trained volunteers can help you prepare your tax returns and help you find out if you may be eligible for special credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit or Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. In addition, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older. This program specializes in tax issues like retirement and pensions that are unique to seniors.

For more information be sure to check out this post on Disability.Blog, "Services at the IRS for People with Disabilities."

Who: Parents, siblings, guardians, caregivers and other interested community members
What: Disability Networking and Support Group Meeting
When: April 8, 2015
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
RSVP: Lunch will be provided!  Call or email by April 6th!
Where: Judge Black Annex at 315 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV

For more information see their flyer (PDF).

WVU Work Opportunities Job Fair

Posted: March 25, 2015

On April 21, 2015, WVU is having a job fair from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, WV. For more information see their flyer (PDF).

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