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Photo description: Photo of Anne Weeks, MTSTCIL President/CEO and Chair of the Statewide Centers for Independent Living board in WV.

As heard at the Disability Caucus held in July of 2002 when Ms. Weeks was being inducted into the West Virginia Independent Living Hall of Fame:

In short, independent living in West Virginia would not be or look anything like it does today without her guidance, direction, and contributions to the movement.

Anne O. Weeks - President/CEO, Huntington Office

Anne Olivia Weeks is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mountain State Centers for Independent Living and the fund raising arm of the Center, the Foundation for Independent Living. She has been involved with the Center since its beginning.

Anne is retiring on December 31, 2020, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mountain State Centers for Independent Living and the fundraising arm of the Center, the Foundation for Independent Living.

Ms. Weeks has been involved with the Center since it first opened on October 1, 1981. In 1983, she was hired by the board of directors to assume the responsibilities of Executive Director of the Huntington Center for Independent Living.

In 1987, Ms. Weeks was successful in a national competition to establish additional centers for independent living, and on June 1, 1988, the Beckley Center for Independent Living. In 1991 the Centers merged their names and became Mountain State Centers for Independent Living (MTSTCIL), and the board of directors made Ms. Weeks a voting member of the board as President and CEO.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990. During the first five years of the anniversary of the signing of the ADA, a celebration was held at the state capitol. One year, Ms. Weeks welcomed the late Ed Roberts, known as the father of independent living, and another year the late Justin Dart, known as the father of the ADA who spearheaded the passage of the ADA.

With the 1992 amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services was required to create the Statewide Independent Living Council, a partner in developing independent living services in West Virginia. Ms. Weeks became the first chairperson of the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council and currently holds the position of council chair for the third time. Ms. Weeks is also vice-chair of the Tri-State Literacy Council.
On behalf of the Statewide Independent Living Council, Ms. Weeks fought for and won their status as an independent non-profit corporation with a 501 (c)(3) declaration from the IRS. She also created the Council's office and staff positions to ensure the Statewide Independent Living Council would have the necessary support and leadership for its role in independent living in the State of West Virginia.

Ms. Weeks has been recognized over the years for her work in the independent living movement and was a charter inductee into the West Virginia Independent Living Hall of Fame. This honor was given her by the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council at their Disability Caucus held in July of 2002. As part of the presentation, Ms. Weeks was recognized for her contributions to independent living in West Virginia. As said that day, "In short, independent living in West Virginia would not be or look anything like it does today without her guidance, direction, and contributions to the movement."
After retirement, Ms. Weeks will be continuing as an advocate in the West Virginia Independent Living network.

Contact

You can reach Anne in the Huntington office at 304-525-3324, or by email aoweeks@mtstcil.org.


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