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Community Integration

Everyone in the community benefits from an integrated society, where we support and learn from one another.

The goal of the Community Integration Project (CIP) is to provide leadership training opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities and family members. Through this partnership, we can better work together to eliminate the barriers that often keep individuals with disabilities from participating fully in society.

CIP is funded by the West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council. The project as been designed to benefit, directly or indirectly, children and adults who have developmental disabilities.

A developmental disability is defined as a long-term disability that occurs before a person reaches the age of twenty-two and results in substantial limitations in at least three of seven life areas: self-direction, self-care, language, learning, mobility, the capacity for independent living or economic self-sufficiency.

Leadership Development Training

This is done through the provision of stipends for training in the areas of developmental disabilities, leadership and advocacy. The stipend can cover registration fees, transportation, hotel, food costs, personal assistant services, or respite care.

To learn more about this program, please contact Georgetta Stevens, or call her at 304-525-3324.

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