The West Virginia Assistive Technology System (WVATS) will be working with Community Living Initiatives Corporation (CLIC), a local organization, to help the greater Morgantown area become dementia-friendly. CLIC received a grant from the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services to help make our community more positive and supportive for individuals living with dementia and their family caregivers. WVATS will support this by developing a special fact sheet on memory/reminders/communication/ADLs.

In order to develop our statement of work for the grant, WVATS needs your help. The first step is to find out how our community is doing now; the link below is to a survey that will get us started. This is a baseline assessment. I know it’s a busy time of year but we need to get as many survey responses as possible by November 30. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and share it with others you think would be interested.

Here is the official dementia-capable assessment specifically for our community. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/68LCSY2

From the Social Security Administration:

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar
Working for Yourself with Ticket to Work: Achieving Financial Independence
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

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 that you need!

The November 16 national WISE webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules that can help you on your path to self-employment!

A special guest speaker will teach you about:

  • Factors to consider if you are thinking about self-employment;
  • Ticket to Work & Work Incentives; and
  • Where to find more information.

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

You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder. Registration information will also be available online the day of the webinar.

November 2, 2016 Attachments

Interested Persons:

The West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council is recruiting nominations of individuals with disabilities to fill vacancies on the Ron Yost Personal Assistance Services Board.

The Council is mandated by Section 18, Article 10L of the West Virginia Code to maintain a standing committee to serve as the consumer-controlled board to direct the Division of Rehabilitation Services in the implementation of this program. The Ron Yost Personal Assistance Services Program is a State funded service provided through the State Plan for Independent Living, developed and implemented jointly with the Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Legislatively, the board is required to meet at least quarterly, but usually meets monthly to review applications for eligibility and to address policy and other governing issues for the program. Board members will be compensated for allowable expenses incurred as a result of active participation on the board.

Individuals nominated must have a severe disability (a physical, mental, or sensory impairment that affects one or more major life activity), be dedicated to the development and growth of the Ron Yost Personal Assistance Services Program, and be committed to attending meetings and actively participate on the board. You may wish to nominate yourself or another person (with their permission) for membership on this board. Please feel free to duplicate this notice to share with as many individuals as you wish.

Completed nominations must be received in the SILC office by November 30, 2016. If you have questions or need further information or assistance, please contact:

Ann McDaniel, Executive Director at (304) 766-4624 (voice/TDD)
or call toll free at:
1-855-855-9743 (voice/TDD)

WVSILC
PO Box 625
Institute, WV 25112-0625(304) 766-4721 (fax)

Ron Yost Personal Assistance Services Board Nomination Solicitation Letter (doc)

Ron Yost Personal Assistance Services Board Application (doc)

WVA, along with the SILC, FairShake Network and the DDC, is looking for volunteers to assist with an advocacy initiative to ensure every county provides accessible sample ballots for the November 8th General Election. Attached is a letter (DOC) that was mailed out to each County Clerk.

Please speak with anyone you may know that may be interested in helping. Here’s what we need:

  • Contact your county clerk to make sure they include information on how to request an accessible sample ballot when they publish the sample ballot in the newspaper
  • Contact your county clerk after the sample ballot has been published to request an accessible ballot
  • Report back to WVA about what you did and what responses you got from your county clerk

We would like to have at least one advocate in EVERY COUNTY to help with this effort so share this e-mail with all your friends and contacts!

Please contact WVA if you have any questions.

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