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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 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.
Ms. Weeks has been involved in the disability community for more than 30 years and was recently named as Chair of the Statewide Centers for Independent Living board in 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 is West Virginia when they said, "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."
Ms. Weeks serves as president of the Literacy Council Board in Huntington, WV.
She has a B. S. Degree in Interior Design from LaRoche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Her goal after graduation was to be involved in barrier free design. She achieved that goal with her first job as a facilities planner with the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission prior to coming home to West Virginia in 1981.
Ms. Weeks was hired by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services in August of 1981 to be the Technical Assistant to the new Huntington Center for Independent Living that was being started by the Division. Funding for the Center came from the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration. The Center in Huntington opened October 1, 1981. During her tenure as Technical Assistant, she assisted the board of directors with hiring the first personnel for the Center and developed the administrative and programmatic elements of the Center. In 1983, she was hired by the board of directors to assume the responsibilities of Executive Director of the Huntington Center for Independent Living.
As the Executive Director of the Center, Ms. Weeks continued to develop programs at the Center. She made sure that the Center was grounded in the independent living philosophy. She made sure staff and consumers had opportunities to learn and to be involved in advocacy. She was involved in some of the initial debates over the creation of a national organization of centers for independent living, which ultimately became the National Council for Independent Living. She was also active in the early formation of independent living services in West Virginia. As the Center's director, she closely monitored the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services' Independent Living Advisory Committee.
In 1987, Ms. Weeks was successful in a national competition to establish additional centers for independent living, and in 1988, the Beckley Center for Independent Living was opened on June 1st. 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.
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 the development of independent living services in West Virginia. Ms. Weeks became the first chairperson of the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council. She was instrumental in ensuring the new council members received training on the independent living history, philosophy, and expectations of council members. Ms. Weeks fought for and won, on behalf of the Statewide Independent Living Council, 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 personal experience with disabilities due to asthma and family members with multiple disabilities.
You can reach Anne in the Huntington office at 304-525-3324, or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).