Exclaimation A little more than a year ago, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule that extended minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers The effective date for the home care final rule, is January 1, 2015. However the Department of Labor announced on 10-7-1 4 that they are implementing a time-limited, non-enforcement policy with respect to the requirements under the rule.

The DOL has adopted the following a time-limited non-enforcement policy: For six months, from January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015, the department will not bring enforcement actions against any employer who fails to comply with a Fair Labor Standards Act obligation newly imposed by the rule.

During the subsequent six months, from July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, the DOL will exercise its discretion in determining whether to bring enforcement actions, giving strong consideration to the extent to which states and other entities have made good faith efforts to bring their home care programs into FLSA compliance. Throughout 2015, DOL will continue to provide robust compliance and technical assistance. For further information, including the Federal Register Notice regarding the non-enforcement policy, visit www.dol.gov/whd/homecare. Questions can be directed to homecare@dol.gov.

New Posting

General Election, 2014

Posted: October 9, 2014

The last day to register to vote in the general election is October 14, 2014.

For more information and dates on the election check out our Voting Guide for the 2014 General Election.


New Posting

Family Youth Engagement Skills Training

Posted: October 9, 2014

Legal Aid of West Virginia’s Family Advocacy, Support and Training (FAST) Program will be offering Family Youth Engagement Skills training (PDF) in various locations across the state.  This training is sponsored by the WV System of Care and will teach professionals practical tips to implement into daily practice to better engage families.

The SILC Executive Committee is recruiting for new Ron Yost Personal Assistance Services (RYPAS) Board members. The application (RTF) is due Friday, October 24, 2014.

New Posting

FY 2015 Priorities and Objectives

Posted: October 6, 2014

WV Advocates has published our Fiscal Year 2015 Priorities and Objectives.  Our Fiscal Year runs from October through September.

You have the right to disagree with the school about your child's needs, appropriate services, educational placements, and other issues.

Learn the steps to take if you disagree with the school. Use the IEP Pop-Up: Resolving Parent-School Disputes.


The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities is asking your help in connecting with individuals who have physical disabilities. Specifically, we are interested in talking with individuals who have physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, arthritis, muscular dystrophy, spina Bifida, or a physical disability due to a traumatic brain injury or other neurological impairment. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 64 are encouraged to participate! RRTC is specifically interested in finding transition age youth between the ages of 18 years and 24 to participate.

More Details

RRTC is conducting focus groups about people with physical disabilities' work experiences including what has helped them find or keep a job as well as advance in careers. These focus groups will be held over the telephone. Participants will receive a toll free number and the information shared with the RRTC will be confidential! Participants will also receive a $50 gift card that can be used at a location of their choice.

RRTC is asking for your help to connect with individuals who would be interested in sharing their efforts to become employed as well as their work experiences. Please pass this information on to your networks. Grant Revell will assist individuals in signing up to participate. Individuals can contact him at: wgrevell@vcu.edu or by phone at: 804-828-6989.

Save the Date: 2015 Disability Caucus
June 22-26, 2015
Charleston Marriott

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

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: http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-adopts-rules-promote-widespread-text-911-availability

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 www.wvsilc.org

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.

Voting Rights Video

Posted: April 10, 2014

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