Disability Awareness Day, October 6, 2015

A Proclamation

WHEREAS, Mountain State Centers for Independent Living, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, is dedicating this year's Disability Awareness Day to all those who have committed to make progress according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

WHEREAS, Today we honor the Huntington Mall as a community space that is accessible and welcoming to all people, a dominant example of the intention of the Americans with Disability Act.

WHEREAS, In recognition of National Employment of People with Disabilities Month, we believe that Americans with disabilities lead thriving businesses, teach our children, and serve our Nation; they are innovators and pioneers of technology.  

WHEREAS, In urban centers and rural communities, Americans with disabilities carry forward our Nation's legacy of hard work, responsibility, and sacrifice.

WHEREAS, Their contributions strengthen our economy and remind us that all Americans deserve the opportunity to participate fully in society.  

WHEREAS, During Disability Awareness Day we celebrate the Americans living with disabilities, including significant disabilities, who enrich our country, and

WHEREAS, We reaffirm the simple truth that each of us has something to give to the American story, and we know that in the end, we are all more alike than we are different.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Chris Tatum, Mayor of the Village of Barboursville, do declare today, October 6, 2015 to be Mountain State Centers for Independent Living's Disability Awareness Day.

Mayor Chris Tatum

The Draft I/DD Waiver policy manual (dhhr.wv.gov) is posted for a public comment period until November 1, 2015 at 5pm.

Please note that the limits and amounts of services will not be changed due to public comments; however BMS welcomes any comments to help the program operate more efficiently

Dear West Virginia High School Seniors:

The Disability History Contest Committee is proud to announce the 2015 Disability History Essay Contest in West Virginia!  This contest is designed to provide you with an opportunity to showcase your writing skills, share what you have learned about the Disability Rights Movement, use your ability to form and express opinions, and perhaps to earn some money to help you into your future!

This contest is a collaborative effort of the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, the Statewide Independent Living Council and the State Rehabilitation Council, with cooperation from the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.

All high school seniors are invited to submit an entry.  Contest rules are located on the bottom of the included entry form.  All entries must include the completed entry form and must comply with all contest rules.  July 26, 2015 marked the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and in recognition of that anniversary, the essay topic this year is:  

“How have the first 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act changed America?”

The top award will be presented to the state winner, and awards may be presented to first-place and second-place entries from six Districts of our state.  The awards are as follows:

State Winner.................................... $3,000
District First Place (6)........................ $1,500
District Second Place (6)...................... $750

Funding for all awards is provided through a generous grant from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services.

All entries must be postmarked, faxed, or emailed by October 31, 2015 and be submitted to:

WV Statewide Independent Living Council
PO Box 625
Institute, WV 25112-0625
ATTN:  Essay Contest

E-mail:  kathi.young@wvsilc.org
Fax:  304-766-4721

Essay Application (rtf)

Mission WV is providing a free Relatives as Parents Workshop (pdf) on November 5th, 2015 at Northgate Baptist Church in Beckley, WV.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Thomas Health System has events scheduled (pdf).

New Posting

Free Smoke Alarm Through the Red Cross

Posted: September 30, 2015

The American Red Cross West Virginia Region can install free smoke alarms in your home.  For more information call them at 1-844-216-8286.

On October 6th from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Huntington Mall, Mountain State Centers for Independent Living is holding Disability Awareness Day: Celebrating Progress for People with Disabilities (mtstcil.org).

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (PDF) under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.  They are seeking comments until November 6, 2015

New Posting

New Ticket to Work Video

Posted: September 14, 2015

An email from Social Security's Ticket to Work program:

A common myth about working and receiving Social Security disability benefits is that you will immediately lose your cash benefits and Medicare or Medicaid if you work. This actually is not the case.

Social Security has work incentives that allow you to explore work options and still have access to your Medicare or Medicaid and some cash benefits. These work incentives, which include the Ticket to Work program, are available to support Social Security disability beneficiaries on their path to a financially independent future.

In this new Ticket to Work video, Michele Boardman shares her story. Michele used work incentives to help pay for her education and vehicle modifications. Later, her knowledge of work incentives led her to a job as a Community Work Incentives Coordinator at AHEDD, an Employment Network (EN) which provides employment services to people with disabilities.

Watch or read her story here.

New Posting

We Are Seeking Advocates

Posted: September 14, 2015

West Virginia Advocates, the federally mandated advocacy system serving people with disabilities in West Virginia, is hiring Advocates for our federal and state funded programs.

Must have at least a Bachelor’s degree and one year disability services experience. Advocacy experience with mental health, developmental disabilities or special education services preferred. 

These are full time positions with generous benefits in our Charleston and Clarksburg offices.

Submit resume to: jobs@wvadvocates.org or fax to 304-346-0867.

Ticket to Work: Free Employment Support for Young Adults with Disabilities

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. EDT

If you are a Social Security disability beneficiary and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support you need to transition to financial independence.

The September 16 national WISE webinar will present information about Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you! Join the webinar to learn about Ticket to Work & Work Incentives, frequently asked questions, and where to find more information. You will hear from Ticket to Work and Work Incentives experts about resources especially for young adults in transition:

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

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