The 24th Annual People First of West Virginia Conference will be held September 6-8th at Jackson’s Mill in Jane Lew, WV. Click here to read more and see the full itinerary!
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
FSN Spring Newsletter 2017
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.
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
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.
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
Disability Rights of West Virginia (DRWV), our state’s designated Protection and Advocacy System (P&A) for disabilities, filed a civil complaint in the Southern District of WV regarding the denial of a prompt final administrative decision for I/DD waiver recipients who requested Medicaid fair hearings. The Board of Review (BOR) issued an unknown number of abeyance orders to individuals awaiting Medicaid fair hearing placing their right to a prompt final administrative decision on hold. It is alleged by DRWV that this erroneous action by the BOR has given rise to a 1983 civil rights claim for individuals who were denied their right to a prompt final administrative decision. Read More > DRWV filed a civil complaint.