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House Judiciary Committee Approved H.R. 620

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee held a markup of H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017. The bill was voted out of committee along party lines and will now go to the full House for a vote. All of the amendments proposed by democrats were voted down, also along party lines.

“…The bill would weaken the protections afforded us under the Americans with Disabilities Act and make it even harder to enforce our rights under the ADA. Twenty seven years after the passage of the ADA, the fact that Congress is working to make it easier to discriminate against people with disabilities is shameful.”

Read more: The Advocacy Monitor.

Beware of Those Trying to Take Advantage of WVa Disaster Survivors

Posted in Outreach, and Public Awareness

Charleston, W.Va. – Disasters attract a few trying to help themselves rather than those who suffered losses. Precautions can help those affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides of July 28-29, 2017 avoid being victimized.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) never charges for any of its disaster recovery services, nor does it endorse any commercial businesses, products or services.
West Virginia has a price gouging law that forbids businesses and contractors from raising their prices more than 10 percent above pre-disaster levels. It is enforced by the state’s Attorney General.

State and FEMA officials offer these consumer tips:

 When hiring a contractor, ask for proof that the contractor has current general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance. Ask for references and check them before signing a contract.
 Don’t pay in advance for more than half the repair costs. Don’t make the final payment until you are satisfied with the completed work.
 Verify solicitations for disaster relief agencies by asking for the charity’s exact name, street address, phone number and web address. Phone the charity directly and confirm that the person asking for funds is an employee or an authorized volunteer.
 Request a receipt.

Also:

 FEMA and the U. S. Small Business Administration deal only with the homeowner or renter, not with an intermediary.
 State and federal workers do not solicit or accept money from applicants for disaster assistance.
 FEMA inspectors present photo identification. They are assigned to specific properties and have the applicant’s nine-digit FEMA registration number. They make appointments
to meet the applicant at the property. A FEMA inspector’s job is to verify the extent of eligible disaster-related damage. They don’t seek banking or other personal information, nor do they recommend contractors.

If you suspect fraud, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721. If you are the victim of a home repair scam or price gouging, call the Office of the West Virginia Attorney
General at 800-368-8808.

FEMA News Release

Posted in Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

West Virginia Residents Urged to Register with FEMA

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia disaster survivors in Harrison, Marion, Marshall and Wetzel counties are urged to register for federal disaster assistance with FEMA.

Individuals and business owners in the designated counties who had severe storm or flood damage may register for assistance the following ways:

• Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
• By calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

o People who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585.
o For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
o These toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Assistance provided by FEMA for homeowners and renters can include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repairs to their primary residences, as well as other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs.

Introducing Our Lives: Safe and Strong Program

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

Do you want to feel safer and more secure in your daily life?  Would you like to learn how to reduce your risk of being exposed to possible harm in various areas of your life?  If you answered, “Yes,” we are excited to tell you we are offering the Our Lives: Safe and Strong Program as part of our services here at Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living. If you join us in the Our Lives Program, you will work in direct one-on-one partnership with a specially trained Our Lives NWVCIL advocate to identify areas of vulnerability you might have in your life now, and to develop safety plans and strategies to reduce your harm profile and increase your ability to live as Safe and Strong as you can.  The “Our Lives: Safe and Strong Program” is a collaborative project with Portland State University. For more information or to enroll with the Morgantown office, please contact Paulette or Dustin at 304-296-6091. To enroll with the Elkins office, please contact Brenda or Tiffany at 304-636-0143.
Do you want to feel safer and more secure in your daily life? Would you like to learn how to reduce your risk of being exposed to possible harm in various areas of your life? If you answered, “Yes,” we are excited to tell you we are offering the Our Lives: Safe and Strong Program as part of our services here at Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living. If you join us in the Our Lives Program, you will work in direct one-on-one partnership with a specially trained Our Lives NWVCIL advocate to identify areas of vulnerability you might have in your life now, and to develop safety plans and strategies to reduce your harm profile and increase your ability to live as Safe and Strong as you can. The “Our Lives: Safe and Strong Program” is a collaborative project with Portland State University. For more information or to enroll with the Morgantown office, please contact Paulette or Dustin at 304-296-6091. To enroll with the Elkins office, please contact Brenda or Tiffany at 304-636-0143.