West Virginia
This bill establishes an Employment First Taskforce to develop and implement a state Employment First policy. This includes proposing initiatives to address the culture of low expectations for children with disabilities and describing minimal workforce competency-based training standards applicable for job coaches, case managers and other relevant personnel.
This bill continues the Technology-Related Assistance Revolving Loan Fund for Individuals with Disabilities Board, which includes the Director of the Division of Rehabilitation Services. Among other duties, the Board is responsible for awarding loans to assist individuals with disabilities in improving their independence through the purchase of technology-related devices. The bill further requires each school district to establish a Professional Staff Development Council comprised of proportional representation from the major school levels and from vocational, special education and other specialties.
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: West Virginia University, Center for Excellence in Disabilities, West Virginia Assistive Technology System (WVATS)
Entity Type: College / University
This program helps individuals with low vision prepare for and obtain a Class G driver's license, which allows them to drive during daylight hours using a bioptic lens system.
Operating Entity: West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights West Virginia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program offer individuals with disabilities job coaching, direct placement services, life skills training, and work skills development services to assist them in finding and maintaining employment.
Operating Entity: West Virginia University, Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program offers a range of employment services for individuals with disabilities, such as a work-based learning experience program, supported employment and job coaching, and school to work transition services.
Operating Entity: Mountain State Centers for Independent Living
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program offers a range of supports and services to help individuals with significant vision loss work and live independently, including assistive audio devices, braille instruction, computer literacy and access technology, and vision utilization training.
Operating Entity: West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities develop a variety of independent living skills, such as using assistive technology, navigating transportation, transitioning from school, managing money, and searching for work.
Operating Entity: Appalachian Center for Independent Living
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists individuals from birth to 21 years old who have neurodevelopmental and autism spectrum disorders and who are encountering a problem with transition, are having school system issues, or who are in need of help with coordinating their care. The program translates the child's diagnosis into a "Life Plan" that supports parents and educational programs.
Operating Entity: West Virginia University, Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 16 midwestern and western states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: WI FACETS
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: West Virginia Parent Training and Information
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists individuals with developmental disabilities in developing leadership skills and becoming knowledgeable, confident, and effective advocates. Training topics include self-determination, employment, IEP development and advocacy, inclusive education, and more.
Operating Entity: West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council
Entity Type: Other
This program provides person-centered planning to individuals with disabilities, through an interactive eight-step process that helps participants develop goals and create an action plan for achieving their goals and increasing their quality of life.
Operating Entity: West Virginia University, Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights West Virginia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides assistance to deaf, blind, and deaf-blind students to foster independence and self-determination, independent decision-making, and self-advocacy skills
Operating Entity: West Virginia Department of Education, West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
SPOKES is an academic and job preparation skills program providing a range of services, and includes a cycle of modules related to job readiness, work process skills, technology skills, work-related academics, and vocational training in customer service. It is a collaboration between the West Virginia Departments of Education and Health and Human Resources. The Division of Rehabilitation Services works within this partnership to increase efforts to reach potential Vocational Rehabilitation consumers being served by the SPOKES program.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program is designed to connect individuals with disabilities to assistive technology.
Operating Entity: The Arc Mid Ohio Valley
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists youth with significant disabilities in transitioning to post-secondary life. Services include trainings around self-determination, job preparedness, IEP rights and responsibilities, and independent living.
Operating Entity: Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports youth with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining employment, including through vocational evaluation and planning, career counseling and guidance, work-related training and education, job coaching, supported employment, on-the-job training, and more.
Operating Entity: West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program brings together employers, employees/job seekers, and community agencies to explore best practices around helping individuals with disabilities gain and retain employment. Topics include Transition to Higher Education, Transition to Vocational Training, Preparing Employers, and Preparing Employees.
Operating Entity: West Virginia University, Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program assists youth with disabilities in their transitions to post-school life through services related to job preparedness, independent living, and IEPs.
Operating Entity: Appalachian Center for Independent Living
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: West Virginia State Treasurer's Office
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
WVU Country Roads is a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities. It provides students an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in campus life.
Operating Entity: West Virginia University
Entity Type: College / University
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program serves as a central source for families of children and adults with disabilities to obtain support and information about advocating for services and working effectively with professionals in providing family-centered, coordinated care.
Operating Entity: West Virginia University, Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
YLF is a statewide training and leadership development event for high school juniors and seniors and college freshmen with disabilities who are transitioning to adulthood.
Operating Entity: West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: West Virginia University, Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This resource connects families to a variety of services that may be needed during distance learning. These resources are divided by disability type, and they include assistive technology applications and software, virtual transition services, mental health services, services to assist families with distance learning, educational materials, and so on.
Operating Entity: West Virginia Department of Education