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Count me IN puppet show: M.T Pockets Theatre

Posted in Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

A wonderful event hosted by Marion County Public Library System!

At 10:30 AM they will be hosting the “Count Me IN” puppet program by the Puppeteers from M.T. Pockets Theatre in Morgantown. This presentation introduces children to the importance of disability awareness and inclusion. After all, everyone wants to play, learn, have friends and be included. We hope you will join us!

An introduction to disability awareness and inclusion:

Everyone wants to play, learn, have friends, and be included. The COUNT ME IN puppet program helps children understand that people with disabilities are much like they are. This age-appropriate introduction to disability awareness and inclusion is for grades 1 to 4 with a shorter preschool/kindergarten program. The cast includes Gina, who is blind and uses a cane; Jay, who is deaf or hard of hearing; Sally, who has a physical disability and uses a wheelchair; and their friends, Carmen and Mitch.

For more information, please visit the Marion County Public Library System.

NWVCIL at Disability Advocacy Day

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

NWVCIL took Charleston by storm to advocate for inclusivity and barrier removal.

Posted by NWVCIL on Thursday, February 7, 2019

NWVCIL took Charleston by storm to advocate for inclusivity and barrier removal. Check out our Facebook page for pictures!

Resource List for Government Shutdown Assistance

Posted in Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) this week released information to help West Virginians impacted by the government shutdown. The list of resources includes information about how to obtain unemployment benefits, food assistance, loans, as well as information on how to work with utility, cell phone, and other companies to accommodate incoming bills.

“I remain committed to finding a solution that reopens the federal government and funds our border security to keep Americans safe. I believe that federal workers should not pay the price for Congressional inaction, which is why I worked with my colleagues to introduce legislation – which was signed by the President and passed into law on Jan. 16 – that guarantees back pay as soon as possible for federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay during the shutdown. I know that does not help in the moment, though, so please see below for some resources available to you during this difficult time. We will continue to update this list as we hear from other organizations,” said Senator Manchin.

For a complete list, please visit The Fayette Tribune.

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.

Olmstead Plan Survey

Posted in Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

FYI: The WV Olmstead Council wants all people with disabilities to be able to live, work and socialize in their communities as other people do. The Council’s work is based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision that upholds the right of people with disabilities to live in the most integrated setting.

As we update our plan, we need your input! How well is the current service system working for people with disabilities? How can we make it better? Please take a few minutes to complete this online survey by December 1st:

Olmstead Survey

For more information about the Olmstead Council, contact Vanessa VanGilder, Olmstead Coordinator, Vanessa.K.VanGilder@wv.gov.

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.