2013 Disability History Essay Contest

The Disability History Contest Committee is proud to announce the results of the 2013 Disability History Essay Contest in West Virginia. This contest was designed to provide high school seniors in West Virginia with an opportunity to showcase their writing skills, share what they have learned about the Disability Rights Movement, use their ability to form and express opinions, and perhaps to earn some money to help advance their 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 were invited to submit entries.

The essay topic

“How the disability rights movement has shaped our world”

… and the winners are …

Read about the winners and their essays in this special edition of the WVSILC Newsletter.

SILC Officers Elected

The West Virginia SILC held elections at the Oct. 1, 2014 board meeting and the following individuals were elected to serve on the Executive Committee:

  • Chairperson – Joyce Floyd
  • Vice-Chairperson – Cathy Hutchinson
  • Secretary – Carissa Davis
  • Treasurer – Marian Steele
  • At-Large Member – Nathan Parker
  • 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 (Oct. 1, 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 1/12/15