NWVCIL received the following email:
“Here’s some picture of My Easy Stand Glider Adult. I’ve used it maybe 10 times and it comes with all the safety features for a paraplegic. I’m wanting $3,000 for it.”
Please contact Brenda Dasher at (304) 636-0143 or email@example.com for more information.
I am — like thousands of others in West Virginia — a person with a disability. I was born with cerebral palsy and need a power wheelchair to get around. I’m also a mother, a widow, and a daughter. My handsome son, Wesley, is in the military and serves in Iraq.
Like many other people with disabilities, I have created a full life for myself: I am becoming a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children; I serve on several boards for disability organizations; and I am the co-coordinator of West Virginia ADAPT, a grassroots disability rights organization.
Also like so many other people with disabilities, I am only able to live this full, active life because of Medicaid. Medicaid pays for my wheelchair, for my medications and for the attendant who helps me get up in the morning and go to bed at night. Without these supports, I would be in a nursing home. Or, I would be dead.
The current congressional proposals to fundamentally change — and slash — Medicaid leave me terrified. The home- and community-based services that Medicaid funds for me — and 13,000 other senior and disabled West Virginians — could disappear. Completely. We will be left with no choice but to abandon our jobs, our families, our volunteer work. Many of us might be forced into nursing homes. Others would have family members who quit their jobs to care for us. Still others would die.
Three West Virginia Centers for Independent Living received 75 manual wheelchairs of various sizes for distribution to those in need. Brynn Hochman and her family from Los Angeles have been working with American Wheelchair Mission as part of a humanitarian Bat Mitzvah project. Initially they focused their efforts to bring wheelchairs to Vietnam, Africa, and Israel. They are now bringing their humanitarian efforts to Appalachia and have partnered with the CILS to identify individuals who need these chairs.
Please call us at (304) 296-6091 or your local CIL for more information. A list of state CILS can be found at: http://nwvcil.org/state-centers-for-independent-living/.
The Elkins office had a special guest! Former consumer, Jennifer, and her mother, Shirley, stopped by to say hello to the wonderful women of Elkins. Jennifer and Shirley came all the way from Wisconsin, where they moved a few years ago. Look at the smiles all around.