Who: Parents, siblings, guardians, caregivers and other interested community members
What: Disability Networking and Support Group Meeting
When: April 8, 2015
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
RSVP: Lunch will be provided!  Call or email by April 6th!
Where: Judge Black Annex at 315 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV

For more information see their flyer (PDF).

New Posting

WVU Work Opportunities Job Fair

Posted: March 25, 2015

On April 21, 2015, WVU is having a job fair from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, WV. For more information see their flyer (PDF).

The Aged and Disabled Waiver Quality Improvement Council is seeking applicants for the Quality Council. New members would begin serving at the July, 2015 meeting and would serve for 3 years on the Council. The Council will have a total of five openings. Applicant representatives should be  ADW providers, ADW members or their legal representatives, advocates or other stakeholders.

Once completed, please submit the application (DOCX) to the attention of Cecilia Brown at the following:

Fax: 304-558-6647

The West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council is offering scholarships for young adults with disabilities to attend the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Annual Conference (RTF) in Washington, DC July 26-30, 2015 and they want you to apply!

Young adults with disabilities (ANY disability) ages 18 to 26 are eligible to apply for a scholarship to cover conference registration, travel, lodging, and meals for this premier national conference.  

NCIL’s Annual Conference draws individuals of all ages and disabilities from all 50 states and the territories. In recent years, the NCIL conference has hosted nearly 1,000 individuals, including grassroots advocates, CIL and SILC leadership, and representatives from other major organizations that work for justice and equity for people with disabilities. In 2015, over 1,000 community members, leaders, and advocates are expected to unite in our nation’s capital to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA.  NCIL will honor the past and catalyze the future as we rise up to learn from young advocates that have grown up in the 25 years since that momentous legislative victory.

The 2015 NCIL Annual Conference will feature the following workshop tracks:

  • SILC Track: Workshops covering best practices and innovation in operations and programs of Statewide Independent Living Councils;
  • ILA Track: Workshops for CILs or SILCs related to the IL Program’s transition to the Independent Living Administration at the US Department of HHS;
  • Youth Track: Workshops related to youth leadership, outreach, and movement building;
  • Orientation Track: Workshops aimed at orienting young advocates and new attendees to NCIL, disability rights advocacy, and federal legislation;
  • General Track: Workshops for staff, consumers, and other advocates in the Independent Living Movement that do not fit the other four categories.

For more information on NCIL and the Conference visit www.ncil.org

New Posting

MSCIL Open House

Posted: March 23, 2015

Mountain State Centers for Independent Living (MSCIL) Open House

Thursday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.   
821 Fourth Avenue
Huntington, WV

The WVDHHR is seeking public comments on the Intellectual/Developmental Disability Waiver's five year renewal application (PDF).

Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on April 22, 2015.

Comments can be made by:

  • Email: IDDWComment@wv.gov
  • Mail: WVDHHR BMS HCBS Unit, 350 Capitol Street, Room 251, Charleston, WV 25301

If you do not have access to the internet or need accessible formats of the draft application please call 1-304-356-4892 or 1-304-356-4853.

The Fifth Annual Lose the Training Wheels Camp hosted by Marshall University Kinesiology will be held at Huntington High School July 14th-18th, 2014. The Lose the Training Wheels Camp is offered in cooperation with ICan Shine a non-profit charity that travels the country teaching physical activity skills to children with special needs (such as Autism or Down Syndrome). The Lose the Training Wheels Camp teaches children how to independently ride a two-wheel bike. Through the use of their adapted bicycles and specialized training, the Lose the Training Wheels has an average success rate of over 80% by the end of the week.

New Posting

Tap to Talk for First Responders

Posted: March 23, 2015

TaptoTalk program for First Responders (PDF) is a smartphone/tablet app that allows communications between first responders and people who do not speak English fluently.

This Project was a Collaboration

The 2015 WV Disability Caucus is open for registration.  More information can be found in their registration packet (DOC).

The WVDHHR is seeking public comments on the West Virginia Aged and Disabled Waiver's five year
renewal application (PDF).

Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on April 17, 2015.

Comments can be made by:

  • Email: ADWComment@wv.gov
  • Mail: WVDHHR BMS HCBS Unit, 350 Capitol Street, Room 251, Charleston, WV 25301

If you do not have access to the internet or need accessible formats of the draft application please call 1-304-356-4892 or 1-304-356-4924

The WVDHHR is seeking public comments for the West Virginia Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver's five year renewal application (PDF).

Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on April 17, 2015.

Comments can be made by:

  • Email: TBIWComment@wv.gov
  • Mail: WVDHHR BMS HCBS Unit, 350 Capitol Street, Room 251, Charleston, WV 25301

If you do not have access to the internet or need accessible formats of the draft application please call 1-304-356-4892 or 1-304-356-4924

The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) announced it will distribute free currency readers to eligible blind and low-vision individuals, a preemptive solution to the Federal Reserve’s tactile-enhancement of currency notes. Originally announced in the form of a July 2014 press release, the BEP and National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress (NLS) are collaborating through their U.S. Currency Reader Program to promote access to paper currency. This serves as a BEP initiative, which is also realized through the BEP’s assistance when developing the Wireless RERC-funded IDEAL Currency Reader®.

The pilot of the U.S. Currency Reader Program began in September where approximately 12,000 were pre-ordered and delivered. The national rollout of the program allows all U.S. citizens, or legal residents in the U.S. who are blind or visually impaired, access to the iBill® Currency Identifier. The iBill® “identifies all denominations of U.S. paper currency by either voice announcement, tone pattern, or vibration pattern.”

Currency Readers are currently available and may be requested by submitting the U.S. Currency Reader application form to: U.S. Currency Reader Program, 14th & C Streets, S.W., Washington, DC 20228. The form is available in English and Spanish, and may be accessed here. Additional information is also available by contacting BEP at meaningful.access@bep.gov or (844) 815-9388.

Source: Technology and Disability Policy Highlights

New Posting

MSCIL's Walk-A-Thon on March 14, 2015

Posted: March 10, 2015

As part of the year-long celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, Mountain State Centers for Independent Living is partnering with the Huntington Mall to have a Five Mile Walk-a-Thon - or as far as you want to walk the mall!

Everyone who participates in the Walk-a-Thon will receive a duffle bag goody bag filled with gifts and coupons to use at the Huntington Mall including a bottle of water, a water bottle and lots of other fun things. Bring your shoes to donate and come walk on Saturday, March 14, registration starting 9 a.m.

Bring a pair of gently used or new shoes (or as many as you like!) to donate as your entrance fee to the Walk-a-Thon. The shoes are part of a fundraiser for the Walk / Run for Independence on July 4, 2015 at Ritter Park. 

Registration for the Walk-a-Thon starts at 9 a.m., on Saturday, March 14, and the Walk starts at 10 a.m. Each lap around the Mall is one mile. Stay to receive your goody bag, meet the Easter Bunny and for the spring Fashion Show - and to spend your Shoe Carnival coupon!

When you bring shoes to donate on March 14, Shoe Carnival will give you a $10 coupon toward the purchase of a pair of Easter shoes. Be sure to go shopping while you are at the Mall!

And any day you are shopping at the Huntington Mall, Bring Your Shoes!

New Posting

MSPCAN's 2015 Youth Conference

Posted: March 10, 2015

MSPCAN (Mountain State Parent Child Adolescent Network) Presents the 2015 Youth Conference at Comfort Suites in Mineral Wells, WV Youth Conference "Empowering Parents and Youth"

Ages 3-18

April 10-12

For families and children dealing with behavioral, emotional and mental health issues Fun workshops pertaining to self-esteem and the importance of play which is related to sensory issues will be offered to the children. Two classes in the morning of April 11 and two in the afternoon are offered to parents. Professional speakers present issues like surfing the net and the hazards, self-esteem, and positive behavior support.

CALL 304-428-0365 for more information and to register.

The WV Developmental Disabilities Council is soliciting applications (PDF) from qualified individuals who would be interested in serving as a Council Member.  The Council will have limited vacancies in all categories, including one vacancy for an At-Large representative.  The Council evaluates applicants based on the Council’s need for geographic, gender, disability type, and racial/ethnic diversity, along with a mix of individuals with developmental disabilities and family members.  Applications that meet the Council’s requirements in these areas are submitted to the Governor for appointment of terms of up to four years.

  • Starting in April 2015, the Bureau for Medical Services (BMS) will no longer be printing monthly Medicaid cards. Members will receive a yearly card.
  • The cost savings is estimated to be around $2.5 million per year. This savings includes the cost of the paper, printing, and postage.
  • For the first year, the Medical Card will be on paper much like it is today. BMS and the Office of Management Information Services are looking into alternative formats for the cards.
  • In future years the yearly Medicaid care will be issued in January.
  • If a member loses his/her card they can receive a duplicate card by:
    • Contacting their case worker at the local Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) office;
    • Contacting the DHHR Customer Service Center at 1-877-716-1212; or
    • Going to www.wvmmis.com, which is the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) site to get a Letter of Creditable Coverage. This letter is good for the day it is printed only. Plans are that in the future they will be go into this site and print out a copy of their card, if they need to do so.
  • If a Medicaid members comes into a physician’s office without their card the office can check on their coverage by:
    • Going online to the provider portal section of the MMIS; or
    • Calling MMIS at 888-483-0793 and using the voice recognition system.
  • If a member is found ineligible for Medicaid one month and then a couple of months later is found eligible once again, a new card will not be reissued unless the member requests a new card.

WV DHHR's notification letter (PDF)

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