Save the Date - April 15-16, 2015
Wrightslaw - Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp
Holiday Inn in South Charleston, WV

WVUCED is looking for members for its Center Advisory Committee.

WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities Advisory Committee

The Center Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Center for Excellence in Disabilities at WVU is seeking new members. The Committee needs more members who have developmental and other disabilities and family members of people with such disabilities.

The Center Advisory Committee is a 16 member organization that is established by the CED under the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (P.L. 106–402). The Committee’s work is to advise the WVU CED regarding civil rights, needs and services for people with disabilities that help assure their full inclusion in their communities. More specifically, the Committee advises the Center on the development and progress on its five (5) year plan and to inform the Center on the needs of people with disabilities and the services provided by the Center.

Attached is the Application form and instructions for submitting it. Please share with others who may be interested in applying, especially individuals with disabilities or their families.

Applications are due September 10, 2014.

Questions may be directed to Steve Wiseman, Nominating Committee Chair, at (304) 558–0418 or

WVUCED Center Advisory Committee Application (DOC)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules requiring text messaging providers to allow Americans to send a text to 911 to get help during an emergency. The rules ensure that all wireless carriers and text application providers are prepared to support text-to-911 by the end of 2014. Text-to-911 can provide a lifesaving alternative for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have a speech disability. For more information:

June 22-26, 2015
Charleston Marriott
Charleston, WV

Plans Include:

  • Focus on Youth June 22-23rd
  • State and National Speakers
  • Policy Issues for West Virginians with Disabilities
  • Hands on Strategy development and implementation
  • Sessions on:
    • Leadership
    • Influencing Policy
    • Roles you can play
  • ADA 25 National Tour Stop
  • ADA Celebration
  • Caucus Awards

Watch for more info

Public Comments are being accepted until September 30th on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to require movie theaters to provide closed movie captioning and audio description.

Summary from the NPRM:

28 CFR Part 36
[CRT Docket No. 126; AG Order No. 3449–2014]
RIN 1190–AA63

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations—Movie Theaters; Movie Captioning and Audio Description

AGENCY: Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

SUMMARY: The Department of Justice (Department) is issuing this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in order to propose amendments to its regulation for title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which covers public accommodations and commercial facilities, including movie theaters. The Department is proposing to explicitly require movie theaters to exhibit movies with closed captioning and audio description at all times and for all showings whenever movies are produced, distributed, or otherwise made available with captioning and audio description unless to do so would result in an undue burden or fundamental alteration. The Department is also proposing to require movie theaters to have a certain number of individual closed captioning and audio description devices unless to do so would result in an undue burden or fundamental alteration. The Department is proposing a six-month compliance date for movie theaters’ digital movie screens and is seeking public comment on whether it should adopt a four-year compliance date for movie theaters’ analog movie screens or should defer rulemaking on analog screens until a later date.

DATES: The Department invites written comments from members of the public. Written comments must be postmarked and electronic comments must be submitted on or before September 30, 2014. Comments received by mail will be considered timely if they are postmarked on or before that date. The electronic Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) will accept comments until midnight Eastern Time at the end of that day.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 1190–AA63, by any one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Web site: Follow the Web site’s instructions for submitting comments. The Docket ID is DOJ–CRT–126.
  • Regular U.S. mail: Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, P.O. Box 2885, Fairfax, VA 22031–0885.
  • Overnight, courier, or hand delivery: Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1425 New York Avenue NW., Suite 4039, Washington, DC 20005.

Save the Date!

Mountain State Centers for Independent Living's (MTSCIL) Walk / Run for Independence 2015 will be held on July 4, 2015 at Ritter Park in Huntington, WV.

People First of WV's Notice for their 21st Annual People First of WV Conference:

21st Annual People First of WV Conference
"Now is the Time to Advocate... For Our Rights and For Our Lives!"
September 3-5, 2014
Jackson's Mill, Jane Lew, WV

You won't want to miss this exciting opportunity that will include sessions on self-protection and safety, employment, relationships, independent living, personal choice... just to name a few!

This year's conference keynote speakers will be Ricardo and Donna Thornton from Washington, D.C.  Ricardo and his wife Donna have broken barriers throughout their lives through marriage, independent living, parenting, and employment.

The film "Profoundly Normal" chronicles the true life stories of Ricardo and Donna, beginning with their time at an institution and describing their lives as self-advocates. Ricardo has been employed by the Martin Luther King, Jr., Library for over 30 years while Donna has dedicated more than 20 years of service to her job at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Ricardo campaigns for the rights of individuals with disabilities on Capitol Hill and is active in a variety of boards and organizations.

Registration forms are now available! Call or email today for more information!

A limited number of stipends will be available from funds provided through the WV Developmental Disabilities Council. Therefore, early registration is important!

People First of West Virginia
912 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101

Voting Rights Video

Posted: April 10, 2014

2014 is an election year, check out our Voting Rights video on youtube.

Beacon Barn Summer Group Program

Posted: April 9, 2014

Beacon Barn will be providing a summer group program for kids and teens beginning in June. The cost is $35 per week, or $25 if registered by May 16th. This includes one group session plus one parent support group session, weekly. The purpose of this program is to provide a safe, therapeutic and fun environment for children who may be struggling with emotional and/or behavioral problems that is negatively impacting their home, school and/or social lives. Group goals will include developing effective communication skills by learning how to identify and express emotions and utilizing appropriate coping skills. Therapeutic activities will be combined with group projects, gardening and the opportunity to interact with companion/therapy animals, both domestic and farm animals.

USDA's Summer Food Service Program

Posted: March 31, 2014

The SFSP is a feeding program established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free, nutritious meals are provided to all children at feeding sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children during school vacations, primarily in the summer months.

USDA's WebPage on SFSP (

USDA's Summer Food Service Program Flyer (SFSP) (PDF)