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Olmstead Community Forum

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

From the State Olmstead Office:

The West Virginia Olmstead Office will be holding a series of community forums around the state to:

1) Share information about the Olmstead decision and West Virginia’s Olmstead Plan, and;

2) solicit stakeholder input and feedback for updating the goals, objectives and action steps of West Virginia’s Olmstead Plan.

The forums have been scheduled and they are:

September 25, 2:00 and 5:00 – Huntington – Mountain State Center for Independent Living Office

October 1, 2:00 and 5:00 – Beckley – Mountain State Center for Independent Living Office

October 16, 2:00 and 6:00 – Parkersburg – Judge Black Annex

October 24, 2:00 and 6:00 – Fairmont – Colasessano’s Restaurant

Further information can be found on the appropriate community announcement flyer.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


Vanessa K. VanGilder, Olmstead Coordinator
Olmstead Office, Office of the Inspector General
State Capitol Complex
Building 6, Room 817-B
Charleston, WV 25305

Phone: 304 558-3287
Toll Free: 866 761-4628
Fax: 304 558-1992

Health Right/NWVCIL Community Picnic

Posted in Outreach, and Public Awareness

The Friendship House and NWVCIL invite you to attend our annual Community Picnic! Everyone welcome!

Friday, September 21st from 11 AM - 3 PM at Marilla Park Pavilion. Please call (304) 296-6091 for more information.

As an added bonus, there's now a bus route that passes by the pavilion! Please see http://www.busride.org/Maps-Schedules/Routes/8-Brookhaven for more information regarding that route.


The Friendship House and NWVCIL invite you to attend our annual Community Picnic! Everyone welcome!
Friday, September 21st from 11 AM – 3 PM at Marilla Park Pavilion. Please call (304) 296-6091 for more information.
As an added bonus, there’s now a bus route that passes by the pavilion! Please see http://www.busride.org/Maps-Schedules/Routes/8-Brookhaven for more information regarding that route.

Call-In Day

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

Take Action for MFP on the Olmstead Anniversary!

This Thursday, June 22, 2018, is the 19th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision cementing the ADA’s integration mandate. To commemorate the day, NCIL is joining other national disability organizations in hosting a National Call-In Day for the EMPOWER Care Act (S. 2227 and H.R. 5306).

Since Money Follows the Person (MFP) began in 2005, over 75,000 disabled people have been liberated from institutions, and CILs have played a critical role in that. But MFP expired on September 30, 2016, and states are starting to scale back and end their programs. In fact, last year was the first time the number of people transitioned into the community declined. We need your advocacy to get the House and Senate to pass the EMPOWER Care Act to reauthorize and fund MFP!
Take Action!

Congress must save and fund MFP, and they need to hear from us! Please urge your Senators and Representative to continue the Money Follows the Person program by co-sponsoring the EMPOWER Care Act!

Participate in Thursday’s National Call-In Day! Call your Senators and Representative and urge them to co-sponsor the EMPOWER Care Act! All members of Congress can be reached by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY). Find more information, including talking points, at the Facebook event. RSVP and share widely!

Use Social Media! Post on Facebook and Tweet at your members of Congress. Find your Members’ Twitter handles and other contact information on Contacting Congress. Make sure to use the hashtag #FundMFP in your posts. You can find more information, including sample Tweets, at the Facebook event.

Email your members of Congress! Customize a message to your Members of Congress online.

NWVCIL Board of Directors Recruitment

Posted in Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

The Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living (NWVCIL) is seeking volunteer Board members to provide direction and guidance for its community based, consumer-directed, nonprofit disability resource and advocacy center that provides independent living services throughout a 13-county service area.

Board meetings are held in Morgantown bimonthly. Any out of pocket expenses related to board participation are reimbursed. We are seeking people who can assist with strategic long-range program and financial planning, succession planning and resource development.

As a consumer-directed agency, 51% of the Board positions must be held by qualified individuals with disabilities who represent community members, local business representatives, people with disabilities and others who support and promote equality for all.

INFO:  Jan Derry, Executive Director at 304-296-6091 or jderry@nwvcil.org

APPLICATION:  Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living Board of Directors

Different Voices and Common Experiences

Posted in Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

Completed application deadline is Friday, June 7th, 2018. No late applications will be accepted.  Visual Artists:  Artists will be chosen on a first-come basis until the gallery space is full or deadline is met. You must submit photographs of your art pieces (limit 3 per artist) with your completed application. One piece of artwork will be chosen as the “feature” to be used for the postcards, posters and the show program.  Performing Artists:  Performers (poets, musicians, etc.) are welcome to share their talent during the opening night reception (Friday, August 3rd). Performing artist applications will also be received on a first-come basis until the time available is full. To request a slot, please contact Christine Wilcox.  Opening Night Reception:  There will be a free public reception on Friday, August 3rd, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Participating artists and the community are encouraged to attend to enjoy the visual and performance art with wonderful company. Refreshments will be available.  Set-Up and Take-Down:  Visual artists must deliver their work to the Mon Arts Center at 107 High Street in Morgantown on Monday, July 30th or Tuesday, July 31st between 11:30 am – 7 pm. Artwork must arrive on time to be shown. All work must be picked up from the Mon Arts Center Monday, August 27th or Tuesday, August 28thth between 11:30 am – 7 pm.  Questions? Call Christine Wilcox @ 304-296-6091 Email: cwilcox@nwvcil.org
Completed application deadline is Friday, June 7th, 2018. No late applications will be accepted. Visual Artists: Artists will be chosen on a first-come basis until the gallery space is full or deadline is met. You must submit photographs of your art pieces (limit 3 per artist) with your completed application. One piece of artwork will be chosen as the “feature” to be used for the postcards, posters and the show program. Performing Artists: Performers (poets, musicians, etc.) are welcome to share their talent during the opening night reception (Friday, August 3rd). Performing artist applications will also be received on a first-come basis until the time available is full. To request a slot, please contact Christine Wilcox. Opening Night Reception: There will be a free public reception on Friday, August 3rd, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Participating artists and the community are encouraged to attend to enjoy the visual and performance art with wonderful company. Refreshments will be available. Set-Up and Take-Down: Visual artists must deliver their work to the Mon Arts Center at 107 High Street in Morgantown on Monday, July 30th or Tuesday, July 31st between 11:30 am – 7 pm. Artwork must arrive on time to be shown. All work must be picked up from the Mon Arts Center Monday, August 27th or Tuesday, August 28th between 11:30 am – 7 pm. For an application or questions call Christine Wilcox @ 304-296-6091 or email: cwilcox@nwvcil.org