The Mountain State Centers for Independent Living (MTSTCIL) is holding an event called Kids ADA: 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Huntingtion Mall on Saturday, July 26th from 2 to 4 P.M. at the Healthy Kids Play Zone near Cinemark and Elder Berman.

Kids will enjoy coloring and story time as they learn about people with disabilities, how to act around a guide dog, using assistive technology and more.
 
Special Guests:  There will be two special guests: the Coral Princess and Heather with her guide dog. Heather will be demonstrating basket weaving and she will have some of her beautiful baskets with her.
 
Win Prizes!  Every child who participates will win a prize and take home a sticker.

WISE Webinar on July 22nd

Posted: July 1, 2015

On July 22, 2015 there will be a webinar from Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) called More Jobs for People with Disabilities: What New Regulations Can Mean for You (chooseworkttw.net).

MTSTCIL's Walk / Run for Independence 2015 (mtstcil.org) is this Saturday, July 4th, starting at 7:30 A.M. beginning at the fountain at Ritter Park, Huntington, WV.

Wrigthslaw's Special Ed Advocate is doing a six part series for parent advocates called Summer School 2015.

Wrightslaw Special Ed Advocate Intro to the Summer School Series (wrightslaw.com)

Save the Date, the 2015 Annual Families Conference will be at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, WV on November 6 - 8, 2015.

"Section 8" Scams Cheat People Looking for Housing Assistance (ftc.gov)

People looking for Housing Choice Voucher Program ("Section 8") (hud.gov) housing assistance should know that scammers sometimes use websites that claim to offer registration for public housing (hud.gov) waiting lists. The sites may ask you to pay a fee, when no fee is actually required to apply for the Housing Choice Voucher (benefits.gov) program. Some of these fake websites even ask you to pay the first month's rent up front. Apply for housing assistance through your local U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Public Housing Agency (hud.gov).

Need help finding affordable housing or want to learn more about your housing rights? Check out Disability.gov's Housing Guide (disability.gov).

On July 21, 2015 from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the University of Charleston, People First of WV will be holding its 2015 WV Youth Self-Advocacy Conference (constantcontact.com).

It is for students in grades 7 thru 12 and 2015 high school graduates with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities.  There is no cost for students to attend.

The Southwest ADA Center's Tax Incentives Supporting the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (southwestada.org) is a six-page bulletin that provides valuable federal tax incentive information that businesses, employers and consumers that can be used to support an inclusive market and workforce.

Mary Hartley, lead consultant for 21 and Able, recently penned a guest post at the LEAD Center Blog titled "Transition to Employment for Young Adults with Disabilities: What We (as Parents and Community Supporters) Can Do to Ensure Success.(leadcenter.org)" Hartley discussed how parents and supporters of young adults with disabilities can assist in the process of transition to employment. She stressed that parents and supporters themselves should make a transition - from educating themselves on issues for children to learning about issues for adults with disabilities - and should encourage community inclusion and work experience for the transition-age youth they support.

PATHS Assistive Device Grants

Posted: June 16, 2015

Partnerships in Assistive TecHnologieS (PATHS) has grants available to fund assistive devices.  See their flyer (PDF) for more information.

FSN is Seeking a Director

Posted: June 16, 2015

Fair Shake Network, a cross-disability grassroots advocacy organization, is seeking a personable individual to serve as Director to administer activities, funding & budgeting, planning, assist board, annual fund development, resource development, increase membership, supervise staff and FSN operations.  Part-time position – may develop to full-time.  Salary Range $20,000 – 25,000.  Master’s degree plus 5 years or equivalent experience, commitment to disability rights, strong organizing skills, public policy experience, and ability to travel.  Personal experience with a disability a plus.  FSN is an equal opportunity employer.  Resumes’ with references accepted until June 30th at PO Box 354, Institute, WV 25112-0354 or jnylknz@suddenlink.net

Monthly meeting of peers of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
34 Franklin Street, Buckhannon
Monday, June 8 at 6:30

Open to those who suffer from mood disorders and their family.

Celebrate Pittsburgh | Heinz Hall
Saturday, June 27 at 2:30 p.m.

 

Huntington

Thursday, June 4th, 2015
Location: Enslow Park Presbyterian Church
1338 Enslow Blvd.
Huntington WV
Social time beginning at 5:00 P.M., Meeting 5:30 - 7:00 P.M.

 

Please be courteous and let us know of your attendance. It is important that we have an accurate count....so even if you are not coming we would like to hear from you. If you have never attended a group meeting before please email debbie@messagesforhope.com or (304) 389-8558 for more information.

The only requirement for the meeting is that you have been personally touched by a suicide.

Messages For Hope.... To inspire hope and encourage healing for the survivors of suicide loss, to prevent suicide through education, and to develop mental health and wellness programs in our communities.

Charleston

Meeting this Thursday, June 4th, 2015.
Location: SE Church of the Nazarene
5102 MacCorkle Ave. SE (Kanawha City)
Charleston, WV
Social at 5:30 P.M., Meeting at 6:00 P.M.

Parkersburg

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
Location: Christ Memorial Episcopal Church
409 Columbia Ave
Williamstown, WV
Social time beginning at 6:00 P.M., Meeting 6:30-8:00 P.M.

 

The only requirement for the meeting is that you have been personally touched by a suicide. If this is your first meeting you should email debbie@messagesforhope.com.

Messages For Hope.... To inspire hope and encourage healing for the survivors of suicide loss, to prevent suicide through education, and to develop mental health and wellness programs in our communities.

Register by June 4th for a conference: Alzheimer's & Dementia University for Families & Professionals on June 3th.  See the flyer (pdf) for more information.

Google.org is looking for your biggest and best ideas for how technology can expand opportunity and independence for people with disabilities.  Google is committing USD 20 million in grant funding toward this goal, some of which may be awarded to organizations identified through this call for ideas.  Ideas will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to submit whenever you are ready.  Ideas will be accepted until September 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time.  For more information visit the link: g.co/OpenCallDisabilities.

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