The goal of advocacy is to advance the rights of people with disabilities.

Mountain State Centers for Independent Living MTSTCIL believes you have the ability and responsibility to direct your own life. Through training and leadership development, MTSTCIL can assist you in learning how to become a self-advocate.

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MTSTCIL training programs can teach you how to represent yourself and guide you through the confusing tangle of benefits, paperwork, and hearings, so you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.

There has been landmark legislation over the years protecting the rights of people with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Developmental Disabilities Act, and the Fair Housing Act.

MTSTCIL staff can help you answer the difficult questions and help you identify programs for which you or your family members are eligible.

For more information in Cabell and Wayne Counties, please contact Cassie Shelton 304-962-5103 or email at
For more information in Fayette and Raleigh Counties, please contact Olivia Chambers 304-962- 0143 or email at

Advocacy in Action

Advocacy in Action is provided to voice our position and to educate and provide information on legislative issues that will directly impact the disability community. Our goal is to empower you to become a better self-advocate and encourage you to exercise your constitutional rights to ensure equal access for all.

Be a voice in your community and join our team as we work toward a world without barriers. Contact the CIL nearest you for more information on how to exercise your rights. 

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