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.

On September 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a Federal Register Notice soliciting nominations for the Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for People with Disabilities. The Committee is established under the new Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Nominations for individuals to serve on the Committee must be received by October 14, 2014.

The purpose of the Committee is to study and prepare findings, conclusions and recommendations for the Secretary of Labor on:

  1. ways to increase employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other individuals with significant disabilities in competitive, integrated employment;
  2. the use of the certificate program carried out under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 214(c)); and (3) ways to improve oversight of the use of such certificates.

To access the Federal Register Notice, go to: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/09/12/2014-21834/advisory-committee-on-increasing-competitive-integrated-employment-for-individuals-with-disabilities

Background

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

New Posting

FSN Movie Night, October 16, 2014

Posted: September 22, 2014

The Fair Shake Network (FSN) in partnership with WV State University presents Inclusive Education Film Event at WV State University on October 16th from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.  For more information and to register, please see the Inclusive Film Event Flyer (PDF).

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.

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.