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DRWV’s Fiscal Year 2019 Priorities and Objectives

FY 2019 P&O Comment Period

DRWV is asking for comments from the public for Fiscal Year 2019.  Below are the public forums we have scheduled, but you can also call, write, e-mail, fax, or Facebook comments to us.

ADA in Focus: Winter 2018

ADA in Focus: Winter 2018 Volume 22, Number 1 ADA In Focus is published three times yearly by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. It is also available by request in large print, Braille, audio CD, and computer disk. To obtain copies in other formats, contact us. ADA In Focus is intended for use by individuals, state and local governments, businesses, legal entities, and others interested in developments in the Americans with Disabilities Act. This publication is intended solely as an informal guidance and should not be construed as legally binding. ADA In Focus does not serve as determination of the legal rights or responsibilities under the ADA for any individual, business or entity. Learn more about the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. Winter 2018, Volume 22, Number 1 (suitable for printing) Winter 2018, Volume 22, Number 1, in large print (suitable for printing) In this issue: Vertical Tabs Center Update(active tab) Focal Point Zoom in on Training Close-Ups: What’s New Zoom in on Court Decisions and Settlements Center… Read More > ADA in Focus: Winter 2018

DRWV Success Story: The Aide on the Bus

We are going to start posting DRWV education success stories. From time to time we will post about how we helped a client receive services to help others understand how DRWV might be able to assist them.   Recently, a mother asked DRWV for assistance with getting her child an aide on the school bus.  Her child had an aide on the bus the previous school year, but this year, the mother was told that her child would have to ride a separate bus to school, or she could be reimbursed to provide transportation.  Riding on the separate bus would require the child to be on the bus for an hour and a half before getting to school.  Additionally, her child would be unable to ride the bus with their siblings and neighborhood peers. When the mother declined these two options and stated that she wanted her child to ride the bus with their siblings and neighbors, the client was… Read More > DRWV Success Story: The Aide on the Bus

Bottom Dollars and 40th Anniversary Celebration!!

DRWV is celebrating 40 years as our state’s P&A!  To celebrate, we will be hosting an event on September 22, 2017 from 3:30PM to approx. 8PM @ the Embassy Suites in Charleston.  To view a flyer for this event, please click here. The showing of Bottom Dollars, which is a Rooted in Rights film, has been approved for 2 hours of Social Work CEU credits. Go to to register.  The cost is $10 for Social Work CEU and $15 for the Dinner/Celebration.  We do have limited free seating for the Bottom Dollars Screening if you don’t need the CEU credit but wish to watch it, however, you still need to register online so we can have an accurate account of people. (Due to funding restrictions, we must sell the Bottom Dollars tickets separate from the dinner, however, we encourage you to register for both. You won’t want to miss either!) Also, stipend funds are being made available to people with developmental… Read More > Bottom Dollars and 40th Anniversary Celebration!!

What’s the Difference Between A “Service Animal,” An “Assistance Animal,” And An “Emotional Support Animal”?

As written in this space (and elsewhere) all too frequently, professional apartment owners and managers have seen a significant surge in the number of reasonable accommodation requests by residents with animals. Some of these requests are legitimate and we are happy to approve them. An increasing percentage of these requests, however, appear to be questionable at best and reflect an effort to avoid otherwise legitimate pet rent/fees. As a part of the review and evaluation process, here are some definitions that, I hope, will help leasing offices as we engage in the interactive process with our residents/applicants: A ”service animal” is defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a dog that is specifically trained to performs tasks for its owner with a disability. Think of a dog that assists someone with a vision disability cross the street. For the most part, the ADA does not apply to residential apartment communities. The exception is that the ADA does apply… Read More > What’s the Difference Between A “Service Animal,” An “Assistance Animal,” And An “Emotional Support Animal”?

5 Employment Rights from Disability Rights of West Virginia

5 Employment Rights from Disability Rights of West Virginia Reasonable Accommodations may be requested that permit you to: participate in the job application process; perform essential functions of the job; and enjoy employment benefits and privileges. You are only required to disclose a disability if you need a job accommodation. You choose if and when to disclose your disability. Employers may not ask you if you have a disability, or about the nature/severity of your disability, during the application process or job interview. Accommodation requests can be made at any time during your employment. Vocational Rehabilitation services can assist you with preparing for, securing, retaining, making advancements in or regaining employment. The purpose of Vocational Rehabilitation is to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society. Individuals should be full and active partners in the Vocational Rehabilitation process making meaningful and informed choices, ensuring opportunities to obtain gainful employment in integrated settings. Vocational Rehabilitation services are available… Read More > 5 Employment Rights from Disability Rights of West Virginia

Reasonable Accommodations: Emotional Support Animals

Reasonable Accommodations: Emotional Support Animals As an animal lover, I take extra notice when I see a dog in a public place, like a restaurant or a grocery store. Usually, the dogs are wearing a vest, a special bandana, or a slightly different leash to point out that they are service animals and to not bother them because they are working. “Working” for these dogs means they are offering some type of service to their owner. The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, defines service animals as “dogs who are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.” Examples of such work include pulling a wheelchair, guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, among others. However, dogs and other animals that only offer emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA and may not be allowed in public… Read More > Reasonable Accommodations: Emotional Support Animals

Dispute Resolution Handout

Wanting to know a bit more about your options for coming to a resolution on your disputes with the school over your child’s IEP? Please check out our newest handout! Read More > Dispute Resolution Handout

Name Change!

West Virginia Advocates, the federally mandated protection and advocacy system (P&A) in West Virginia for individuals with disabilities, is pleased to announce that beginning January 1, 2017, it will be doing business as Disability Rights of West Virginia (DRWV). 2017 will mark the 40th year of providing services to individuals with disabilities. DRWV is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to protecting and advocating for the legal rights of West Virginians with disabilities. DRWV serves individuals with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities, as well as traumatic brain injury and individuals with mental health diagnoses. DRWV’s Intake Department provides Information and Referral services to anyone who requests assistance. DRWV’s acceptance of direct advocacy and legal cases is determined by a variety of criteria including disability related eligibility criteria established by our funders, our current priorities and objectives, as well as available resources. DRWV’s Legal Department includes a Legal Director and three Staff Attorneys. DRWV also employs fifteen advocates that provide direct advocacy… Read More > Name Change!