New Posting

WV DDC 2015 Public Meetings

Posted: August 21, 2015

The WV Developmental Disabilities Council is seeking input (pdf) from the public about their upcoming five year plan. 

The combined draft Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Block Grant application (pdf) for 2016 – 2017 is now available for review and comment through August 27th at 5:00 PM.  Please submit all comments and questions to:

This is your opportunity (doc) to talk about what you/people with disabilities need and what should be included in the next State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).  The SPIL governs how federal and state independent living funds are spent.

If you need a sign language interpreter or other accommodation in order to participate in this public meeting, please contact Kathi Young in the SILC office by Sept 17, 2015 at:  304-766-4624 or 1-855-855-9743 or

For more information about the SPIL and what it is required to include, visit

New Posting

West Virginia Family Grief Center

Posted: August 20, 2015

The West Virginia Family Grief Center provides free Grief Peer Support Groups to children aged 3-18 and their families.

They are currently accepting new families for their 2015-2016 Nights of Service. Enrollment to the Grief Center is ongoing through the year. The first Night of Service will be September 3, 2015.

The Grief Center meets on Thursday nights in Morgantown from 6:00 until 7:30 with a free dinner provided.

For more information, to register or to make a referral please call Michelle Lewis at 304-282-4935 or email at

New Posting

West Virginia State Autism Conference

Posted: August 18, 2015

The West Virginia State Autism Conference (pdf) is being held on September 26, 2015 at the Bridgeport Conference Center.

Taste of Appalachia
Uptown Beckley, Main and Neville Streets
Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m.

A block party showcasing the flavor and music of Appalachia in Beckley's Historic District. Taste local cuisine sold by local restaurants and organizations. Enjoy performances by Chris Oxley Quartet, 2 Johns, and Piney Creek Canyon Band.

Mountain State Centers for Independent Living (MTSTCIL) in Beckley will have a table and will be selling water, soda and homemade desserts. Proceeds from sales go to the Mountain State Centers for Independent Living Freedom Fund.

Ticket to Work: You Asked, We Answer
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
3:00 - 4:30 PM, 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 August 26 national WISE webinar will present answers to some of your most frequently asked questions like, “What if I’m ready to work?” and “What happens when I succeed at work?” You’ll learn from a Ticket to Work & Work Incentives expert about special Social Security considerations that may apply to you including:

  • Timely Progress Review
  • Continuing Disability Reviews and Ticket to Work
  • Answers to your other questions!

Register online at or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

On September 24, PATHS will sponsor "Pathways to Funding" at the Schoenbaum Center in Charleston.

Have you or someone you work with ever filled out an application for funding or for services and been denied? If so, the "Pathways to Funding" workshop on September 24 at the Schoenbaum Center in Charleston is for you! It will address three main issues:

  • Who has the money
  • How to complete an application
  • What to do if you are denied

Panel members from several funding and service agencies including representatives from the DHHR, WVDE, TBI, Family Support and others, will provide information and answer your questions. In addition, you will get information on denial letters and appeal processes including the most common reasons applications are denied, and how to file an appeal.

There is a registration fee of $30 but scholarships and registration waivers are available to eligible participants. Please contact PATHS at 800-841-8436 to ask about this option.

For more information or to register, visit the PATHS website at or call 800-841-8436. Registration deadline is September 11.

PATHS flyer (pdf)

The George Washington University is conducting research about how adults with physical disabilities think about and prepare for disasters.

To take part in the study, adults must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Live in the United States
  • Self-identify as a person with a physical disability

Participants are invited to complete a survey online or by telephone. The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes when completed online and approximately 40 minutes when completed by telephone.

For more information see attached flyer (pdf), send an email to or call 202-994-1887.

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 (

MTSTCIL's Walk / Run for Independence 2015 ( 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 (

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 (

People looking for Housing Choice Voucher Program ("Section 8") ( housing assistance should know that scammers sometimes use websites that claim to offer registration for public housing ( waiting lists. The sites may ask you to pay a fee, when no fee is actually required to apply for the Housing Choice Voucher ( 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 (

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

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 (

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.

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