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Mountain State Centers for Independent Living (MTSTCIL) consumers at the Beckley Public Forum on April 25 were great! They came prepared with three pages of resources available to them in the Beckley area. They had lots to say about why they and anybody else needs a Center for Independent Living and made me feel proud of them and the work that is being done in our consumers' lives.
Some of what was said at the public forum.
There was a great showing of Beckley consumers and they had lots to say! Thanks to all who attended.
As told to me by Anne Weeks, President/CEO of Mountain State Centers for Independent Living
The WV Centers for Independent Living are urging the WV Legislature to continue to support basic independent living services that are critical to the lives of the over 400,000 individuals with disabilities in West Virginia. We are requesting the WV Legislature restore the WV Division of Rehabilitation Services' Independent Living Services budget in the amount of $500,000. Legislative Priorities 2012
On Thursday, September 29 MTSTCIL participated in the parade sponsored by the organizations that make up the Mayor's Committee for Persons With Disabilities.
Immediately following, the Disabilities Awards Ceremony was held at Huntington City Hall. These awards are given to recognize individuals, businesses and others who have enhanced employment opportunities and lifestyles for persons with disabilities. The winners this year were:
A Gubernatorial Candidates Forum and Reception was held on Tuesday, August 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the South Charleston Library located at in South Charleston, WV. Dee DeLancey, Vice President, Development and Communications at Mountain State Centers for Independent Living, served as moderator.
For more information visit the Gubernatorial Candidates Forum and Reception page on this Web site.
A Public Safety Symposium was held on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at the Tri-State Fire School, 4200 Ohio River Road in Huntington from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The Symposium was sponsored by the Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities and the Tri-State Fire School Association and geared toward the needs of people with disabilities and the aging.
On Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Dee DeLancey and Kelly Simpson from Mountain State Centers for Independent Living, along with several consumers, delivered over fifty new detectors to the Huntington Fire Department for distribution. Many thanks to everyone who participated in the smoke detector drive.
The WV Centers for Independent Living are urging the WV Legislature to continue to support basic independent living services that are critical to the lives of the over 400,000 individuals with disabilities in West Virginia. We are requesting the WV Legislature restore the WV Division of Rehabilitation Services' Independent Living Services budget in the amount of $500,000. Learn more ..
The seventh West Virginia Disability Caucus was held July 26-28, 2010 in Charleston, WV. The Caucus was two days of disability related trainings and workshops including a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read more about the 2010 Disability Caucus.
Visit our 2010 Legislative Priorities page, learn about the issues and exercise your constitutional rights.
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (W.Va.) announced that $147,636 is being awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to the Mountain State Center for Independent Living in Huntington for home modifications for citizens with disabilities.
Vote - Your Life May Depend on It
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
"America's People, America's Talent... America's Strength!" is the official 2008 theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Read how Mountain State Centers for Independent Living participates in Disability Employment Awareness Month in October - and throughout the year.
Disability Awareness Day 2008
This year on Disability Awareness Day Dee DeLancey of WOWK-TV will simulate working as a person with a disability. Mayor Felinton along with other city workers, Steve Parsons of Turnpike Ford, Cheryl King at Marshall University and JB Miller with MAGIC 97.9 will simulate disabilities. Read more about Disability Awareness Day activities.
Public Meetings Regarding State Plan
On August 11 and 12, 2008, the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council, in cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, conducted public meetings to receive comments regarding the State Plan for Independent Living for 2008-2010.
Fair Housing Conference / Workshop
Recap of 2008 Sessions
Congratulations Advocates! After three years of traipsing the marbled halls of our state capitol, we were victorious - our legislators heard us and funding for independent living services was increased from $24,000 to $500,000. Read more ....
Legislative Priorities for 2008
The West Virginia Centers for Independent Living (WVCIL) is a joint collaborative of all centers for independent living (see a list of all centers) in West Virginia.
Specific legislative issues supported by the individual centers for independent living in West Virginia:
Disability related legislative issues supported by all the centers for independent living:
On January 13, 2007 Joseph Szilvasi died in an apartment fire in Huntington. In memory of Joe, we encourage everyone to make a commitment to stay safe and learn to protect yourself, family members, neighbors, emergency workers, firefighters and our community by learning more about fire safety. To start, visit our online skills class Fire Safety. Also, learn more about Joe, and visit our memories page.
In collaboration with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office, the West Virginia Fire Safety Resource e-Guide for people with disabilities is available on this Web site in September, 2007.
The regular session of the 2007 WV Legislature adjourned on March 10, 2007 at midnight with and extension to address the budget bill, which was passed on March 18. Read the summary of bills, including the budget bill.
Walk and Roll 2007
Supported Employees participate in Walk and Roll 2007.
Mountain State Centers for Independent Living provided an Internet Lab: