Did you know that the FDA is moving to ban electric shock devices used on people with developmental disabilities? These devices are currently used by the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Massachusetts to modify the behavior of children with developmental disabilities. A ban by the FDA on the use of these devices would be an important step forward in the protection of the rights of people with disabilities.

The full article written by Michelle Diament in Disability Scoop on April 22, 2016.

Northern WV Center for Independent Living (NWCIL) Presents: Different Voices And Common Experiences Arts Exhibit held at the Monongalia Arts Center from August 5th thru August 27th, 2016

"Different Voices and Common Experiences" is an exhibit featuring artists who have been affected by mental health issues. DVCE supports positive mental health awareness, community wellness, and inclusivity.

How to submit: Artists will be chosen on a first-come basis until the gallery space is full. You must submit photographs of your art pieces (limit 3 per artist) with your completed application. Call Paulette: 844-212-3464 or email plivengood@nwvcil.org to request an application or for more info. Deadline for submission: June 10th.

There will be a free public reception on Friday, August 5th, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Participating artists and the community are encouraged to attend to enjoy visual and performance arts. Refreshments will be available.

Different Voices And Common Experiences Arts Exhibit Application (doc)

New Posting

Candidates Forum

Posted: April 14, 2016

The Fair Shake Network along with Statewide Independent Living Council, WV Developmental Disabilities Council, The Arc, WV Advocates, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities, Mountain State Centers for Independent Living are hosting a Candidates Forum on Thursday, April 28th at 6:00PM (facebook.com). The event will be held at the Labelle Theater in South Charleston, WV. We have invited all candidates in the state races for Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Justice of Supreme Court of Appeals.

The Disability Community is very interested to learn more about the views and goals of individuals running to serve our community with regard to disability issues. The information provided will be most useful to voters with disabilities, their families, advocates, and friends as they make their choices on Election Day.

This event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.

New Posting

Primary Election Dates

Posted: April 7, 2016

WVA wants you to be aware of the following upcoming Primary Election Deadlines:

  • April 19, 2016 – Deadline to register to vote.
  • February 16, 2016 – May 4, 2016 ~ All eligible voters may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail.
  • April 27, 2016 – May 7, 2016 ~ Early Voting is open during regular business hours at each county courthouse or courthouse annex. Early Voting is also available each Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  • May 3, 2016 to May 10, 2016 – Eligible citizens, who are registered to vote, may request an emergency absentee ballot until noon on Election Day.
  • May 10, 2016 – Primary Election Day, Polls are open from 6:30am to 7:30pm.

If you have questions about registering to vote, or would like help registering to vote, please call WVA at 800-950-5250.

From the Social Security Administration:

Ticket to Work: Choosing a Service Provider That's Right for You!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 3:00 - 4:30 PM, ET

If you receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support that you need!

Join us on April 27, 2016, for the latest WISE webinar. We will be presenting information on Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you, such as:

  • Ticket to Work and Work Incentives;
  • How to choose a service provider that’s right for you; and
  • The importance of receiving long-term employment supports after you start working.

Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder. Registration information will also be available online the day of the webinar.

The Arc of WV Workshops

Posted: April 4, 2016

The Arc of WV is having two workshops on April 28th: Sexuality & Intimacy for People With Disabilities and Preventing & Addressing Abuse and Neglect (constantcontact.com) at Coonskin Park in Charleston, WV.

April is Autism Awareness Month

Posted: April 1, 2016

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Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration Press Release: FRAUD ADVISORY: Inspector General Warns Public About "Disability Services" Phone Calls (oig.ssa.gov)

Free workshop for people who are deaf or hard of hearing regarding SSDI and employment on May 21, 2016

Check out the FREE workshop that will be offered to Deaf and Hard of Hearing community members about SSDI and...

Posted by West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on Friday, March 11, 2016

From the Social Security Administration:

Make It Happen: The Ticket to Financial Freedom

Goal Setting, Work Incentives and Financial Independence

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 3:00 - 4:30 PM, EDT

If you receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support that you need.

Join our webinar on March 23, 2016 to learn from experts about financial independence. You will learn how Ticket to Work and other work incentives can help you reach your financial goals. Presenters will share tips, tools, and resources that can help you:

  • Gain basic financial knowledge such as budgeting and expense tracking;
  • Understand tax benefits that may apply to you; and
  • Learn about asset building and how it can help you.

Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder. Registration information will also be available online the day of the webinar.

Check out WVA's flyer: Temporary Accessibility Solutions for Election Day for information on how to make a polling place accessible.

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