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

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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:

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

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Public Comments are being accepted until September 30th on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to require movie theaters to provide closed movie captioning and audio description.

Summary from the NPRM:

28 CFR Part 36
[CRT Docket No. 126; AG Order No. 3449–2014]
RIN 1190–AA63

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations—Movie Theaters; Movie Captioning and Audio Description

AGENCY: Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

SUMMARY: The Department of Justice (Department) is issuing this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in order to propose amendments to its regulation for title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which covers public accommodations and commercial facilities, including movie theaters. The Department is proposing to explicitly require movie theaters to exhibit movies with closed captioning and audio description at all times and for all showings whenever movies are produced, distributed, or otherwise made available with captioning and audio description unless to do so would result in an undue burden or fundamental alteration. The Department is also proposing to require movie theaters to have a certain number of individual closed captioning and audio description devices unless to do so would result in an undue burden or fundamental alteration. The Department is proposing a six-month compliance date for movie theaters’ digital movie screens and is seeking public comment on whether it should adopt a four-year compliance date for movie theaters’ analog movie screens or should defer rulemaking on analog screens until a later date.

DATES: The Department invites written comments from members of the public. Written comments must be postmarked and electronic comments must be submitted on or before September 30, 2014. Comments received by mail will be considered timely if they are postmarked on or before that date. The electronic Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) will accept comments until midnight Eastern Time at the end of that day.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 1190–AA63, by any one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Web site: Follow the Web site’s instructions for submitting comments. The Docket ID is DOJ–CRT–126.
  • Regular U.S. mail: Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, P.O. Box 2885, Fairfax, VA 22031–0885.
  • Overnight, courier, or hand delivery: Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1425 New York Avenue NW., Suite 4039, Washington, DC 20005.

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.