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Author: Paulette Southerly

Independent Living Resource Specialist Job Opening in Elkins, WV

Posted in Outreach, and Public Awareness

NWVCIL is hiring an Independent Living Resource Specialist in Elkins, WV! A full job listing and additional information can be found on idealist.org.

The ILRS provides consumer-directed independent living skills training and peer and supportive counseling. Shares responsibility with other program staff for case finding (outreach), individual and systems advocacy and community education.

Essential functions:  

1.        Ability to travel.

2.        Ability to occasionally work long hours and/or weekends.

Duties:

1.        Provide information and short-term assistance to NWVCIL consumers;

2.        Complete intake of consumers consistent with NWVCIL program services policies and procedures;

3.        Conduct functional assessments for prospective and current consumers;

4.        Provide training to individual consumers consistent with the NWVCIL’s priorities and selection criteria including the development and implementation of all phases of their self-directed independent services plan;

5.        Collaborate with NWVCIL staff in the development of systemic activities as appropriate;

6.        Assist in the planning and development of the program priorities; and

7.        Compile information and prepare activities reports.

8.        Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

1.        Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a human service field.

2.        One to three years of experience working with people with disabilities.

Required Skills

1.        Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with or without reasonable accommodation.

2.        Demonstrated ability to identify facts and develop creative solutions.

3.        Familiarity in using computers for work processing, data collection and communication.

4.        Familiarity with social services for people with disabilities.

Desired Attributes

1. Understanding of the Independent Living philosophy.

2. Interest in disability issues.

3. Ability to organize and prioritize complex tasks.

4. Commitment to the civil rights of all people.

5. Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

6. Experience working with and/or sensitivity to people with disabilities.

7. Ability to work with a minimum of supervision.

Please submit resume and cover letter as email attachment to Paulette Southerly at psoutherly@nwvcil.org. Please put “ILRS” in the subject line of the email. Note: this job is located in Elkins, WV.

NWVCIL is an equal opportunity employer, and actively encourages candidates from all races, national origin, ethnicities, genders, religion, ages, sexual orientation, abilities, and life experiences to apply.

IMPROVE Act

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, and Public Awareness

Reminder: IMPROVE Act Passed the House – Now Call Your Senators!

The House of Representatives has passed the IMPROVE Act (H.R. 7217) with a vote of 400-11. Now the bill moves to the Senate where a vote is expected as early as this week!
Call your Senators today and tell them to vote YES on the IMPROVE Act! It is critical they hear that extending Money Follows the Person (MFP) by passing this bill is a priority to their constituents! All Senators can be reached by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY).

About the IMPROVE Act (H.R. 7217): MFP has helped free over 88,000 people from institutions, and its 3-month renewal is a key provision in the IMPROVE Act. In addition, H.R. 7217 also includes an extension of protections for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) recipients against spousal impoverishment, a permanent exemption from competitive bidding for CRT manual wheelchairs, and an 18-month suspension in Medicare’s application of competitive bidding rates to CRT manual wheelchair accessories.

2018 Election SABE GoVoter Experience Survey

Posted in Uncategorized

The SABE GoVoter Project is investigating issues around voting for people with disabilities.  We are asking these questions about the November 6, 2018 government elections; not your advocacy group’s or organization’s elections. You do not have to complete this survey or answer any questions. If you choose to answer, it will help us to learn about your voting experience and how we can make it better.

We do not ask for your name so no one else will know what you said on the survey.  In our report we will only share the city and state you live in.  If you have more questions about your privacy, please contact Essie Pederson at essie.pederson@gmail.com.  

You can call a SABE GoVoter team member and ask them to help you with the survey.  Contact Teresa Moore at mooreadvocacy@hotmail.com or (602) 725-3117.

The survey deadline is January 1, 2019.  Just as it is important to know that YOUR VOTE COUNTS, we need to know that you have the accessibility you need to MAKE IT COUNT!

Thank you, the SABE GoVoter Team

To visit the survey, go to this link

City of Morgantown survey

Posted in Disability, Public Awareness, and Research

The City of Morgantown, West Virginia is preparing its Five Year Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, and its Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.  As part of the planning process, the City is conducting a survey to identify residents’ needs in the community, ideas on how the residents would like to see funds under the CDBG Program spent, and fair housing concerns, such as acts of discrimination or barriers that might limit the housing choices of families and individuals. Please take a few minutes and complete this confidential questionnaire to the best of your ability.  If you are unsure of an answer, or the question does not apply to you, please feel free to skip that question.  Thank you for your assistance in helping us to identify citizens’ needs and Fair Housing issues in the City.  

In addition, the City of Morgantown cordially invites you to attend an informal discussion and meeting to assist in the development of the City’s Five Year Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.  The City will host this meeting on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Dorsey’s Knob Lodge, 1115 Fawley Lane, Morgantown, WV 26508. The City’s Development Services Department Staff and our planning consultants will be in attendance to discuss the planning process we are undertaking.

NWVCIL Sip N Dip Fundraising Event

Posted in Group, and Public Awareness

Come out to Sip N Dip at Buffalo Wild Wings and experience something fun! Choose the painting you wish to paint while Angelina guides you through all three. Part of the proceeds from this event will be donated to NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING. We hope to see you there!

Please visit https://www.artmusicfusion.com/ or www.facebook.com/NWVCIL for more information