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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 (abledata.com)

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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 www.choosework.net/wise 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
Email:  jobs@drofwv.org

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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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Mid-Atlantic ADA Archived Webinar: Developing Effective Practices for Snow Removal

Mid-Atlantic ADA Archived Webinar: Developing Effective Practices for Snow Removal: Why Is It Worth All the Effort? (adainfo.org)

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Deaf Awareness Day at the Capitol! March 8, 2016

Deaf Awareness Day at the Capitol! March 8, 2016 (facebook.com)

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Voting Rights Videos from Disability Rights of Washington

Disability Rights of Washington's Rooted in Rights project has created five videos about voting rights.

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We are seeking Advocates!

West Virginia Advocates, the federally mandated advocacy system serving people with disabilities in West Virginia, is hiring Advocates for our federal and state funded programs.  Must have a Bachelor’s degree in a field of study directly relevant to the core job functions of the position and one year experience working with the disability community. Advocacy experience with mental health, developmental disabilities or special education services preferred.  These are full time positions with generous benefits in our Charleston and Clarksburg offices.

Submit resume to: jobs@drofwv.org or fax to 304-346-0867.

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National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar

Ticket to Work: Debunking the Three Biggest Myths about Disability Benefits and Work

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. EST

If you receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support you need.

The January 27 national WISE webinar will address common myths about how working will affect your cash disability benefits and Medicare or Medicaid.

  • Find out how Social Security will postpone your medical continuing disability review (CDR) while you are participating in the Ticket to Work program.
  • Find out how you can restart your cash benefits without reapplying if your job does not work out.
  • Get details on how you can keep your Medicare or Medicaid after you begin replacing your cash benefits with earnings from work.

Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

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