2014 Disability History Essay Contest

Dear West Virginia High School Seniors:

The Disability History Contest Committee is proud to announce the 2014 Disability History Essay Contest in West Virginia. This contest is designed to provide you an opportunity to showcase your writing skills, share what you have learned about the Disability Rights Movement, use your ability to form and express opinions, and perhaps to earn some money to help you into your future!

This contest is a collaborative effort of the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, the Statewide Independent Living Council and the State Rehabilitation Council, with cooperation from the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.

All high school seniors are invited to submit an entry. Contest rules are detailed on the entry form linked here. All entries must include the completed entry form and must comply with all contest rules.

The essay topic

“Discuss the opportunities for people with disabilities that have evolved from the Disability Rights Movement.”


The top award will be presented to the state winner, and awards may be presented to first-place and second-place entries from six districts of our state.

2014 essay contest awards
State Winner $2,000
District First Place (6) $1,000
District Second Place (6) $500

Funding for all awards is provided through a generous grant from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services.

All entries must be postmarked, faxed, or emailed by October 31, 2014 and submitted to:

WV Statewide Independent Living Council
PO Box 625
Institute, WV 25112-0625
ATTN: Essay Contest

Email submissions here.

... or fax your essay to 304-766-4721.

SILC Officers Elected

The West Virginia SILC held elections at the Dec. 5, 2013 board meeting and the following individuals were elected to serve on the Executive Committee:

  • Chairperson – Joyce Floyd
  • Vice-Chairperson – Cathy Hutchinson
  • Secretary – Beverley Jones
  • Treasurer – Marian Steele
  • At-Large Member – Brenda Lamkin
  • At-Large Member – Sarah Mathis
  • Immediate Past Chairperson – James Qualls

West Virginia SPIL Approved

The West Virginia State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) for federal fiscal years 2014-2016 (Sept 30, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2016) has been approved by the Rehabilitation Services of Administration, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education.

The SPIL may be viewed or downloaded here, or a printed copy may be requested by contacting the SILC office at 304-766-4624 or 1-855-855-9743 or via e-mail.


Interested In Becoming a Member of The West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council?

Responsibilities of the SILC and SILC Members

Nomination Form in a PDF (Acrobat) file just click here for a download, then print it out and mail it to us.

Ann McDaniel, Executive Director
P.O. Box 625
Institute, WV 25112-0625
304-766-4624 (voice or TDD)
304-766-4721 (fax)
1-855-855-9743 (toll-free)

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updated 10/28/11