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WVADE Awards Keynote Speaker

We’re thrilled to announce that the keynote speaker at this year’s Awards Banquet will be West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Along with the banquet, there will be two days of training and networking. It will be at Stonewall Resort on October 24 & 25th. Click here for a...

July 13 & 14 Conference & Training

Dear West Virginia Disability Leader, You’re invited to join your colleagues from the CRP Community and our allies as we learn, teach and discuss ways to better create employment opportunities for people with disabilities through collaborative efforts. We will get together on Thursday, July 13 and  Friday July 14...

Summer Jobs for Youth with Disabilities

I saw this article in the State Journal    Plenty of Summer Work for Teens Despite Declining Labor Stats and it got me to thinking about how summer jobs prepare youth for the world of work.  What can we do for youth with disabilities?  As we talk about transition, should...

 Statement on Competitive Integrated Employment

Every American, regardless of disability status, has a right to participate in the workforce. Inherent in that right is freedom of where to work and an expectation of proper supports. Determination of what constitutes a competitive integrated employment setting must be made on a case-by-case basis rather than blanket...

Twitter Chat on October 18th

Save the date! On October 18 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET, the Campaing for Disability Employment and the Professional Baseball Athletics Trainer Society (PBATS) are hosting a Twitter chat titled “#InclusionWorks: Fielding a Full Team in the Workplace.” The chat will honor National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) by providing...

Education not Exploitation

Psychology Today has an article entitled “Education, Not Exploitation:  In defense of vocational programs for students with severe I/DD” Here’s a link:   https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/inspectrum/201609/education-not-exploitation I love this quote: “So perhaps instead of dismissing “menial” labor, we need to teach our children that all work is valuable and respectable, from trash...

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

With the end of summer upon us, we look ahead to a major disability event happening this fall: National Disability Employment Awareness Month, or NDEAM. The month of October is designated NDEAM by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. This is a good time for...

Quarterly Meeting

Last Thursday and Friday were great days.  We learned a lot from our presenters and each other at the WVADE quarterly meeting.  Mark your calendar now for October 27 and 28th. The WVU CED will provide information about how work changes disability benefits. We’ve also got the Job Accommodation...

WVARF Video about West Virginia

  In case you missed it, here is a video about ONE of the ways that our CRP community is creating jobs for people with disabilities in the Mountain State.  Click here for video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jNb5NvSgoQ  ...

July Meeting!

Dear West Virginia CRP Executive, You’re invited to join your colleagues from the CRP Community and our allies as we learn, teach and discuss ways to better create employment opportunities for people with disabilities through collaborative efforts. We will get together on July 14 and 15 starting at 1...