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Photo description: Photo of Merilyn Sleet at the Annual Board meeting in November 2008.

Merilyn Sue Sleet, MTSTCIL board member

Ms. Sleet has been active with Mountain State Centers For Independent Living since 1980 and has been a member of the Board since 1993. Ms. Sleet believes that her voice, and the voices of others with disabilities on the board, helps to improve the lives of people with disabilities in West Virginia.

As an advocate, Ms. Sleet participated in a protest to get people out of nursing homes in Charleston, WV. She also participated in a law suit against the City of Huntington to enforce ADA compliance of curb cuts in the city in 1993.

Ms. Sleet is very active in the disability community and has been the Secretary for Advocacy Builds Leadership and Education Center Advisory Council (ABLE / CAC) since 1993.

During her time with the board, Ms. Sleet has seen many changes that benefit people with disabilities and provide independence. Today it is no longer unusual to see people with disabilities out in the community, on public transportation, shopping, and living independent lives.

At Mountain State Centers for Independent Living, people who have seen or unseen disabilities come together to solve problems. Ms. Sleet is often heard saying - if we all work together, "there are no problems, only solutions".

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