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WVSILC Applications due March 25, 2016

An e-mail from Ann Watts McDaniel, Executive Director, West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC):

Interested Persons:

Are you a person with a disability who wants to get involved and make a difference? Do you have a family member with a disability or do you work to improve life for people with disabilities? The West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council (the Council) is recruiting new members to fill vacancies for terms beginning July 1, 2016 and you should apply!

This federally mandated Council works closely with the Centers for Independent Living and monitors, reviews, and evaluates the implementation of the State Plan for Independent Living.

The Council seeks to maintain diversity of representation including disability, age, ethnicity, and life experiences. If you or someone you know would like to apply for membership on the Council, please return a completed application form (enclosed) by March 25, 2016.

Please feel free to duplicate this notice and the application form and share it with as many individuals as you wish. This information is also available on the SILC Web site at:

Please review the responsibilities carefully and apply only if you are willing to fulfill them.

All applications will be reviewed and considered. Nominations selected by the Council will be submitted for appointment by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. This process can be lengthy and new members are not always appointed before the terms begin in July. We appreciate your patience. If you have questions or need further information or assistance, please feel free to contact me.

Ann Watts McDaniel
Executive Director

The responsibilities and application form can be found at

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U.S. DOE OSER Letter Regarding Children with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia

United States Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Dear Colleague letter from October 23, 2015, regarding children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. (PDF,

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Ticket to Work Virtual Job Fairs on March 16th

An email from Social Security

The Ticket to Work program will host its next Virtual Job Fair on March 16, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.

The job fair is sponsored by Social Security and will connect you to companies that work with the government. These companies have job openings for individuals with many different skill and experience levels and are particularly interested in hiring qualified people with disabilities.

The participating employers will have job openings in one or more of the following locations: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico.

Current Ticket to Work Participants

If you are using your Ticket to receive services from an approved Employment Network (EN) or your State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency, and are ready to work, you should register for the fair!

Contact your EN or State VR agency to find out how to register for the Virtual Job Fair or if you have questions about this event.

By participating in the fair, you can:

  • Talk with job recruiters online via chat forums and one-on-one messages.
  • Visit virtual resource booths to ask questions about job accommodations, Social Security Work Incentives and legal issues that sometimes create barriers to work for people with disabilities.

Not sure if you’re a Ticket to Work participant?

If you're not sure if you have or are using your Ticket or if you need help finding an EN or state VR agency, call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET.

Assistive Technology

If you use assistive technology, the Virtual Job Fair environment will be screen-reader friendly.

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Be My Eyes App

About the Be My Eyes app from their website:

A Network of Eyes

Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat. Download now and start helping blind people see.

How It Works

Blind Requests Assistance

A blind person requests assistance in the Be My Eyes app. The challenge that he/she needs help with can be anything from knowing the expiry date on the milk to navigating new surroundings.

Volunteer Receives Video And Describes

The volunteer helper receives a notification for help and a live video connection is established. From the live video the volunteer can help the blind person by answering the question they need answered.

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Snow Related Assistive Technology

Some assistive technology for playing in the snow, cataloged in the AbleData database (

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National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar

Ticket to Work: Finding a Job with a Federal Contractor

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. EST

Join us on February 24, 2016, for the latest WISE webinar. We will be presenting information on Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you, including details about Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 503 is a regulation that prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against people with disabilities and requires these employers to take action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain more people with disabilities. The presentation will include information on:

  • What Section 503 changes mean for Social Security disability beneficiaries;
  • Tips for self-identification during the application and hiring process; and
  • Tips on how to demonstrate your skills and abilities at a virtual job fair.

Register online at or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

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WVA is Seeking a Legal Director

West Virginia Advocates, Inc., West Virginia’s designated protection and advocacy system committed to promoting and protecting the human and legal rights of citizens with disabilities, is seeking a full-time Legal Director. The Legal Director provides leadership, vision, planning and supervision of the legal work of WVA. The Legal Director is responsible for ensuring high quality representation to clients and provides direct supervision to attorneys in the office. The Legal Director is a member of the management team and participates in setting priorities, budgeting, policy development, and other management activities. Qualifications: Degree from ABA accredited law school, member of the WV Bar Association, a licensed attorney in good standing in the State of WV and a minimum of six years legal experience. Position requires knowledge of Medicaid, employment, special education, public accommodations, housing, discrimination, and other disability related legal issues.

Send resume to:

Executive Director
West Virginia Advocates, Inc.
1207 Quarrier Street, 4th Floor
Charleston, WV  25301
Fax 304/346-0867

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DD Council Seeking Input on Five Year Plan

The Developmental Disabilities Council is seeking input to be used in the development of its Five Year State Plan. You are encouraged to complete the survey even if you participated in one of the Council's forums. The deadline for participating is March 31, 2016.

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