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New Job Accommodations Network (JAN) ENews is now available!

The latest JAN ENews is now available at: ENews topics include: 1. Taking a Service Animal to a Job Interview: Public Access or Reasonable Accommodation? 2. June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month 3. Leave of Absence for Cosmetic or Elective Surgeries: When is it Considered an Accommodation Request? 4. Return to Work After Hospitalization for Mental Health Treatment 5. Overtime Restrictions and the ADA 6. JAN Blog Growing 7. JAN Releases New Resources 8. E-vents 9. JAN Exhibit and Training Schedule 10. Subscribe to JAN Newsletter

The Arc of WV Special Education Advocacy Training on May 17

Click here to see original flyer. Special Education Advocacy Training When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:30 am* – 3:30 pm *registration will begin at 9:00 am Where: Judge Black Annex 319 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101 This hands-on training session will focus on: •Key components of an IEP or 504 Plan and what they mean •How to respond to and document comments made during meetings or conversations •What timelines the school and county should be following •What to do if services or accommodations/modifications are not being provided •What to do if you do not agree with the school or county’s approach •Identifying and accessing appropriate services during transition for youth and young adults •Small group discussions about current IEPs or 504 Plans – if time allows (you may want to bring a copy of the most current plan and any other supporting documents) Trainers: Christina Smith, Executive Director The Arc of West Virginia Betsy Peterson, Parent Information Specialist Pathways to… Read More > The Arc of WV Special Education Advocacy Training on May 17

National Volunteer Week: A Success Story

Jesus Sucess Story Click the link above to read about a young man named Jesus. Jesus discovered his passion for helping others through volunteering and created a path to success and full-time work.

National Volunteer Week: Exploring Community Service as a Pathway to Employment

Exploring Community Service as a Pathway to Employment Apr 24, 2017   National Volunteer Week logoNational Volunteer Week shines light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve our communities. This week, we recognize and thank the volunteers who lend their time and talent to special causes. Volunteering can help you as you start thinking about work and searching for a job. In addition to the many benefits to you, your community and the world, volunteering can jumpstart your journey to work and financial independence. Consider volunteer work if you’d like to create change in your community or if you’re looking for work and don’t know where to start. Volunteer work: do well by doing good Helping others can have a positive effect on your own life. Donating your time and skills gives you goals to achieve, promotes good and improves quality of life for others. Volunteering may also enhance your happiness because it can: •Increase self-confidence as… Read More > National Volunteer Week: Exploring Community Service as a Pathway to Employment

SOS Mac Warner purges voter rolls…are you still registered?

Secretary of State Mac Warner announced on April 19, 2017, that working with county clerks in all 55 counties they have now removed more than 47,000 outdated or ineligible voter files from the state’s voter registration system. Have you checked to see if your voter registration status is current? Check your voter registration status online at: You may call DRWV at 800-950-5250 if you have any questions or concerns about your right to vote.

4/21 is the last day to register for this IEP:Advocacy by Parents Training!

Time is running out to register!!! Deadline to Register is April 21, 2017 IEP: Advocacy by Parents Fair Shake Network Presents: How to advocate for your child and work with IEP teams in a positive and productive way. This training will include:  Tips for successful advocacy  Questions that a Parent Advocate should ask  Pursuing appropriate paths of communication for advocacy  Understanding the education system’s language Mountain State Center for Independent Living Conference Room 821 Fourth Avenue Huntington, WV 25701 Friday, April 28, 2017 9:00 – Noon Registration Fee is $20.00 and includes a 1 year FSN Membership, Materials and Refreshments Registration form is attached or, You can register online at

Partners in Policymaking (PIP) leadership training program is currenty seeking applications from adults with developmental disabilities!

The Partners in Policymaking leadership training program (PIP) is currently seeking applications from adults with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities to participate in the 2017-2018 program. PIP provides up to date knowledge about disability issues and aids in the building of necessary skills to become valuable advocates and leaders who can effectively influence public policy at all levels of government. A recent PIP graduate had this to say about her experience: “I can honestly say being part of this group has changed my life and the life of my daughter and for that I am eternally grateful. I can only hope that the confidence and hope you now see inside me can be thanks enough.” The program is sponsored by the Council and Co-sponsors, such as your organization. Partners will attend two-day sessions (Friday & Saturday) eight times a year beginning in September 2017 and ending in May 2018. Each session will be devoted to… Read More > Partners in Policymaking (PIP) leadership training program is currenty seeking applications from adults with developmental disabilities!

Autism Self-Awareness

This is an article about the importance of knowing self-awareness for individuals on the autism spectrum. The author, an individual on the spectrum who works as a service coordinator for the Arc in Maryland, discusses conversations parents may want to have with their children. Autism_Self-Awareness.pdf

Open captioned showing of “The Boss Baby” on April 15 @ 1:00PM.

The West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WVCDHH) welcomes everyone to come by the Regal Cinemas at 1:00PM on April 15th for an open captioned showing of “The Boss Baby.” This means the captions will be projected on the big screen.

April 26 WISE Webinar: Ticket to Work: Working with a Federal Contractor

Register Now! National Work Incentives Seminar Event Wednesday, April 26 National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar Ticket to Work: Working with a Federal Contractor Wednesday, April 26, 2017 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET If you are age 18 through 64, receive Social Security Disability benefits, and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support that you need! Join us on April 26, 2017, 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 of 1973. 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 means to Social Security disability beneficiaries • Tips for self-identification during the application and… Read More > April 26 WISE Webinar: Ticket to Work: Working with a Federal Contractor