West Virginia Advocates is asking for comments from the public on our Fiscal Year 2017 (October 2016 thru September 2017) Priorities and Objectives from May 11, 2016 through June 24, 2016.

You may find our current (Fiscal Year 2016) Priorities and Objectives on our website at http://wvadvocates.org/services/information/po/po-fy16/. Please, provide any comments on our existing priorities and objectives, or suggest new priorities and objectives.

You may submit comments by:

Do you have a meeting scheduled?

If you have a meeting scheduled with a group of people who would like to provide public comment, contact Jodi Calissie at (800) 950–5250 and request a member of WVA’s staff to attend your meeting and take your comments.

The West Virginia Bureau for Medial Services (BMS) has now posted the Draft Personal Care Services Policy Manual for Public Comment (wv.gov). Public Comments are to be submitted on the website and will be taken until June 22, 2016.

From the Social Security Administration:

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 May 25, 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;
  • Reasonable accommodations for people with a mental illness and how to ask for them; and
  • Some advantages of working that you may not have considered.

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.

  • Were you able to get into your polling place?
  • Were the poll workers able to help you?
  • Did you use the polling machine?
  • Did you have any problems when voting, or were unable to vote?

Call WVA at 800-950-5250 if you have any questions about voting.

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)

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.

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)

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