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Elkins & NWVCIL Celebrates the ADA

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

5 individuals wearing masks holding a sign that says "ADA 30."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley Elkins Mayor Van Broughton proclaimed an Americans with Disabilities Act Day celebration Monday. From left are Brenda Dasher, Patricia Keener, Denise Jackson, Broughton, and Willis McCollam, executive director of the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living.

Elkins and Randolph County officials, together with representatives from the Northern WV Center for Independent Living, joined in a celebration Monday of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Together at Elkins City Hall, Mayor Van Broughton, Randolph County Commission representatives Chris See and Mark Scott, and Elkins Code Enforcement officer Phil Isner joined Community Integration Specialist Brenda Dasher, Executive Director Willis McCollam, Jeannie Keener, and Denise Jackson to proclaim July 26th, 2020 “Americans with Disabilities Act Day.”

The Northern WV Center for Independent Living wants to sincerely thank these officials not only for recognizing the importance of the ADA, but also contributing financially to NWVCIL. Their generous funding allows NWVCIL to better serve consumers in our community; consumers like Denise Jackson, who volunteers at her local church and once a month participates in “Feed the City” which provides meals to over 300 individuals in the community. Consumers like Jeannie Keener, who is deaf and has grown into a staunch advocate for herself and others. Because of Jeannie’s efforts, Elkins Physical Therapy and Sports Injury Clinic now utilizes masks with clear panels to enable deaf and hard of hearing consumers to participate fully in their therapy.

Read the full article here: https://www.theintermountain.com/news/local-news/2020/07/elkins-celebrates-30th-anniversary-of-ada/

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

Public Hearings for 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and FY2020 Annual Action Plan

Posted in Advocacy, Outreach, and Public Awareness

From Community Advancement and Development; A Division of the West Virginia Development Office:

We would like to remind you of upcoming public hearings that will be conducted in November for the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and FY2020 Annual Action Plan. The public hearings will be held at five locations throughout the state to gather public input for the assessment phase of the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan process. Information on public hearing notices, updates, and specific locations can be found below:

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These meetings are an opportunity to gain highly valued input from the public as part of the State’s housing and community development needs.

Every five years the West Virginia Development Office (WVDO), an agency of the West Virginia Department of Commerce, along with the West Virginia Housing Development Fund (WVHDF) develops a 5-year plan Consolidated Plan to guide the use of federal funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The 2020-2024 plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) within 60 days after the date 2020 allocations are announced, but no later than August 16, 2020 and will guide the expenditure of funds for housing and community development in non-entitlement areas for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the entire state for Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA), the HOME Investment Partnership and Housing Trust Fund (HTF) programs. The 2020 Annual Action Plan which is the first year of the 2020-2024 5-year Consolidated Plan will also be submitted.

The Community Needs Assessment Survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WVCAD until close of business, Monday March 23, 2020.

The 2015-2019 5-Year Consolidated Plan, 2019 Annual Action Plan (AAP), 2018 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) and the Citizen Participation Plan are available on the West Virginia Community Advancement and Development webpage at https://wvcad.org/resources.

Any questions regarding the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan can be directed to Sherry Risk. Please feel free to share this information or if you know of someone to add to the stakeholder email or mailing list in order to receive updates, public notices and the survey, please email:

Sherry Risk, CDBG Project Manager
West Virginia Development Office
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
Sherry.L.Risk@wv.gov
(304)957-2068

Autumn P-ART-y

Posted in Group, Outreach, and Public Awareness

Join us on Saturday, October 12th from 3:00 - 5:00 PM at NWVCIL for our annual Halloween Party!  This year Christine Wilcox will be showing party-goers how to make their own spider painting.  Supplies will be provided!
Individuals must RSVP to Paulette or Christine at (304) 296-6091 by October 5th.  Spots are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first claimed basis.
Please inform us of any accommodation requests when you RSVP. Refreshments will be provided!
Join us on Saturday, October 12th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at NWVCIL for our annual Halloween Party! This year Christine Wilcox will be showing party-goers how to make their own spider painting. Supplies will be provided!
Individuals must RSVP to Paulette or Christine at (304) 296-6091 by October 5th. Spots are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first claimed basis. Please inform us of any accommodation requests when you RSVP. Refreshments will be provided!

“Different Voices and Common Experiences” accepting submissions

Posted in Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

Different Voices and Common Experiences is an exhibit featuring artists who have been affected by mental health issues.  DVCE supports positive mental health awareness, community wellness, and inclusivity.

Completed application deadline is Friday, June 14th, 2019.

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 9th).  Performing artist applications will also be received on a first-come basis until the time available is full.  To request a slot, please contact Paulette Southerly.

Opening Night Reception:

There will be a free public reception on Friday, August 9th, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:30 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, August 5th 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 Tuesday, September 3rd between 11:30 am – 7 pm.  ARTISTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DELIVERY AND PICKUP OF THEIR PIECES.

Questions?  Call Paulette Southerly at 304.296.6091 or 1.844.212.3464 or email psoutherly@nwvcil.org

Application can be downloaded here: http://nwvcil.org/dvce-application/

Instruction in Self-Advocacy (ISA) Program

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

Northern WV Center for Independent Living in partnership with The WV Division of Rehabilitation Services will be hosting an Instruction in Self-Advocacy (ISA) Program in the months of June-August of 2019. This program will be completed in four-day periods, from 9am-3pm and held for consumers in and around the areas of Monongalia County, Randolph County, and Gilmer County.

This ISA program will meet the Pre-Employment Transition Service of Instruction in Self Advocacy. Students who participate in these programs will gain the skills necessary to be confident and self-directed self-advocates. NWVCIL will provide high quality instruction in self-advocacy as well as experiential opportunities for students to practice self-advocacy.

Qualifying consumer participants may earn up to $15.00 per hour of participation. For more information please contact Christine Wilcox, Transition Advocate at NWVCIL (304)296-6091 or email cwilcox@nwvcil.org.

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