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“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.

Follow the event on Facebook for more information.

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.