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.

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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.

New Posting

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  

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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).

New Posting

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).

The Aged and Disabled Waiver Quality Improvement Council is seeking applicants for the Quality Council. New members would begin serving at the July, 2015 meeting and would serve for 3 years on the Council. The Council will have a total of five openings. Applicant representatives should be  ADW providers, ADW members or their legal representatives, advocates or other stakeholders.

Once completed, please submit the application (DOCX) to the attention of Cecilia Brown at the following:
Fax: 304-558-6647

The West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council is offering scholarships for young adults with disabilities to attend the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Annual Conference (RTF) in Washington, DC July 26-30, 2015 and they want you to apply!

Young adults with disabilities (ANY disability) ages 18 to 26 are eligible to apply for a scholarship to cover conference registration, travel, lodging, and meals for this premier national conference.  

NCIL’s Annual Conference draws individuals of all ages and disabilities from all 50 states and the territories. In recent years, the NCIL conference has hosted nearly 1,000 individuals, including grassroots advocates, CIL and SILC leadership, and representatives from other major organizations that work for justice and equity for people with disabilities. In 2015, over 1,000 community members, leaders, and advocates are expected to unite in our nation’s capital to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA.  NCIL will honor the past and catalyze the future as we rise up to learn from young advocates that have grown up in the 25 years since that momentous legislative victory.

The 2015 NCIL Annual Conference will feature the following workshop tracks:

  • SILC Track: Workshops covering best practices and innovation in operations and programs of Statewide Independent Living Councils;
  • ILA Track: Workshops for CILs or SILCs related to the IL Program’s transition to the Independent Living Administration at the US Department of HHS;
  • Youth Track: Workshops related to youth leadership, outreach, and movement building;
  • Orientation Track: Workshops aimed at orienting young advocates and new attendees to NCIL, disability rights advocacy, and federal legislation;
  • General Track: Workshops for staff, consumers, and other advocates in the Independent Living Movement that do not fit the other four categories.

For more information on NCIL and the Conference visit

New Posting

MSCIL Open House

Posted: March 23, 2015

Mountain State Centers for Independent Living (MSCIL) Open House

Thursday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.   
821 Fourth Avenue
Huntington, WV

The WVDHHR is seeking public comments on the Intellectual/Developmental Disability Waiver's five year renewal application (PDF).

Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on April 22, 2015.

Comments can be made by:

  • Email:
  • Mail: WVDHHR BMS HCBS Unit, 350 Capitol Street, Room 251, Charleston, WV 25301

If you do not have access to the internet or need accessible formats of the draft application please call 1-304-356-4892 or 1-304-356-4853.

The Fifth Annual Lose the Training Wheels Camp hosted by Marshall University Kinesiology will be held at Huntington High School July 14th-18th, 2014. The Lose the Training Wheels Camp is offered in cooperation with ICan Shine a non-profit charity that travels the country teaching physical activity skills to children with special needs (such as Autism or Down Syndrome). The Lose the Training Wheels Camp teaches children how to independently ride a two-wheel bike. Through the use of their adapted bicycles and specialized training, the Lose the Training Wheels has an average success rate of over 80% by the end of the week.

New Posting

Tap to Talk for First Responders

Posted: March 23, 2015

TaptoTalk program for First Responders (PDF) is a smartphone/tablet app that allows communications between first responders and people who do not speak English fluently.

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The 2015 WV Disability Caucus is open for registration.  More information can be found in their registration packet (DOC).

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