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NWVCIL’s COVID-19 Response

Posted in Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

Due to the National State of Emergency and the global pandemic, the Northern WV Center for Independent Living has made the decision to follow the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines for social distancing. This means that until further notice, NWVCIL staff will not be attending in-person consumer visits, groups, meetings, or conferences. We are also not accepting walk-ins to our office currently. We will constantly monitor the situation and attempt to keep you all informed regarding the timeline for resuming in-person services.

Our goal is to do everything in our power to keep our consumers and community as safe and healthy as possible. NWVCIL will be asking staff to report to the office in shifts to ensure you are able to contact us if necessary. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for assistance or support we can offer by phone. If you have questions about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, please contact DHHR’s COVID-19 information hotline 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304. You can also contact your local health department.

Some basic guidelines for disease prevention are:

Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
Always wash hands that are visibly soiled.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Please see the following website for more information: https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx

SILC is Recruiting!

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, and Public Awareness

From the WV Statewide Independent Living Council:

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, 2020 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 by February 14, 2020.

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 and you may complete and submit your application at: www.wvsilc.org/wvsilcapp.htm

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 nominated 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

WV YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM 2020

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, Public Awareness, and Training

The WV Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a statewide training and leadership development event for students (Delegates) with all types of disabilities, high school juniors & seniors and college freshmen, who are transitioning to adulthood. The YLF will be held on the campus of West Virginia State University in Institute, WV on June 22-25, 2020.

The YLF will provide a variety of activities, learning opportunities, and a chance to make new friends.

Learn about the history of disability and the disability rights movement in America, national leaders, and your place in the movement and disability culture. Be a part of something much bigger than yourself!

Twenty-five youth (Delegates) will be selected to attend the YLF – at no cost – make sure you are one of them!

For more information call 304-766-4624 or toll free at 855-855-9743. You may also visit our website at www.wvsilc.org.

Marshall U. Grant

Posted in Disability, Public Awareness, and Uncategorized

HUNTINGTON — Marshall University has received a five-year grant totaling more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs for a program that will develop qualified special educators and mental health providers to assist students with disabilities that may have been caused by prenatal substance exposure, complex traumatic stress, adverse childhood experiences and/or adverse community environments.

Dr. Lanai Jennings, assistant professor and director of the school psychology program at Marshall, said the program, called “PREPaRED to CARE,” will give evidence-based training to graduate students who will receive a master’s or specialist degree in special education, school counseling or school psychology. She is leading a team of interdisciplinary faculty from the school psychology, psychology, special education and counseling areas. Included are Drs. Debra Lockwood, Carol Smith, Conrae-Lucas Adkins, Jennifer McFarland-Whisman, Sandra Stroebel, Jonathan Lent, Jennifer Tiano and Marianna Footo-Linz. Amy Saunders represents the Marshall University Center of Excellence for Recovery.

Read the entire article at: https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/marshall-receives-grant-to-assist-students-with-disabilities/article_b0d67da1-14ab-511d-a96e-8989b148f341.html

AAPD/NCIL Presidential Candidate Questionnaire

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, and Public Awareness

In 2020, approximately 23% of the American electorate — over 35 million individuals — will be people with disabilities. As people with disabilities, we want to live independent lives and contribute our talent and energy to the future success of our great nation. There are over 60 million Americans with disabilities who make remarkable and valuable contributions to our communities.

In an effort to inform the disability community of the presidential candidate’s disability policy positions, initiatives, and priorities, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), and the REV UP Campaign have developed a presidential candidate questionnaire. Click here to download a copy of the questionnaire (plain text version). So far, the following candidates have completed the questionnaire: Steve Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Joe Sestak, and Marianne Williamson.

Please visit aapd.com for full responses.

Why the Census Matters for People with Disabilities

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, and Public Awareness

From https://www.ndrn.org

Key Takeaways

The decennial census is the constitutionally mandated count of all residents of the United States.

  • Census data help direct more than $800 billion a year in federal funding, including for key programs that support and protect the rights of people with disabilities.
  • The Census Bureau considers people with disabilities hard to count. However, the bureau has taken steps to make participation more accessible.
  • Stakeholders can help ensure a fair and accurate count of people with disabilities. Community organizations can, for example, play a vital role as trusted partners in conducting effective outreach.

For the full text, please visit https://www.ndrn.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/People-with-Disabilities-Brief.pdf or see the embedded PDF below.

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