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House passes changes to Americans With Disabilities Act over activists’ objections

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, and Public Awareness

The House on Thursday passed legislation that would amend the Americans With Disabilities Act over objections from disability rights advocates and Democratic leaders, who warned that the bill would remove incentives for businesses to comply with the law.

The ADA Education and Reform Act passed on a 225-to-192 vote, with 12 Democrats joining all but 19 Republicans to approve a bill that proponents say is aimed at curbing unscrupulous lawyers who seek profit by threatening businesses with litigation without actually seeking to improve access for the disabled.

See more at The Washington Post

WV ABLE Website

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, and Public Awareness

WV ABLE’s website is live! Please visit the link below for more information. If you have questions, feel free to contact the WV State Treasurer’s Office at 1-800-439-1653 or the NWVCIL at 304-296-6091.

https://wvable.com/

What is a STABLE Account?

A STABLE Account is an investment account available to eligible individuals with disabilities. STABLE Accounts are made possible by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act. STABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain public benefits programs, like Medicaid or SSI. Earnings in your STABLE Account are not subject to federal income tax, so long as you spend them on “Qualified Disability Expenses.”

STABLE Accounts have some similar features to normal bank accounts, but they are not checking or savings accounts. STABLE Accounts are investment accounts, similar to 529 college savings accounts or 401(k) retirement accounts. When you deposit money into your STABLE Account, your money will be invested in different options that you choose. While you can still withdraw and spend your money whenever you need it, a STABLE Account also allows you to grow your money and to save long-term for disability expenses.

WVABLE is West Virginia’s ABLE plan.  The West Virginia Treasurer’s Office has partnered with STABLE Accounts and the Ohio Treasurer’s Office to offer this program to West Virginians with disabilities. Although STABLE Accounts are available nationwide, WVABLE is only available to West Virginia residents. Through WVABLE, West Virginians are able to open STABLE Accounts at discounted rates.

From https://wvable.com/stable-account/

SILC Open for Applications

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, and Public Awareness

January 3, 2018

Interested Persons:

Are you a person with a disability who wants to get involved and make a difference? Do you have a family member with a disability or do you work to improve life for people with disabilities? The West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council (the Council) is recruiting new members to fill vacancies for terms beginning July 1, 2018 and you should apply!

This federally mandated Council works closely with the Centers for Independent Living and monitors, reviews, and evaluates the implementation of the State Plan for Independent Living.

The Council seeks to maintain diversity of representation including disability, age, ethnicity, and life experiences. If you or someone you know would like to apply for membership on the Council, please return a completed application form (enclosed) by February 9, 2018.

Please feel free to duplicate this notice and the application form and share them with as many individuals as you wish. This information is also available on the SILC Web site at: www.wvsilc.org

Please review the responsibilities carefully and apply only if you are willing to fulfill them.

All applications will be reviewed and considered. Nominations selected by the Council will be submitted for appointment by Governor Jim Justice. This process can be lengthy and new members are not always appointed before the terms begin in July. We appreciate your patience. If you have questions or need further information or assistance, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Ann Watts McDaniel

Executive Director

WVABLE Launching Soon

Posted in Disability, and Public Awareness

In February 2018, the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office will launch WVABLE, a program designed to give people with disabilities more independence and financial security.

WVABLE is made possible by the Achieving a Better Life Experience in West Virginia Act, also known as the West Virginia ABLE Act. Once the program is launched in early 2018, individuals with disabilities will be able to save and invest up to $15,000 per year without losing eligibility for public benefit programs such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Individuals who developed disabilities before the age of 26 may be eligible to open an account.

For questions!

If you have questions please contact us at WVABLE@wvsto.com or 304-340-5050.  Please see http://www.wvtreasury.com/Savings-Programs/WVABLE

NWVCIL’s Youth Club!

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, Group, Outreach, and Public Awareness

Starting January 29, 2018 from 6 pm – 8 pm @ the CIL and will continue every fourth Friday of the month! This will serve youth with disabilities, ages 18-24 in the Morgantown and surrounding area. This club will offer: Peer Support Independent Living Skills Training Build Relationships And… The opportunity for ownership over the club…. which means, YOU plan activities on what YOU want to learn, see & do! For more information please contact Riley Freeland @ 304-296-6091 or rfreeland@nwvcil.org