DISABILITY CAUCUS NEWS
2010 Disability Caucus
PLEASE NOTE: The next Disability Caucus, to be scheduled in 2015, will include youth caucus activities.
Celebrating 20 years of the ADA
The seventh West Virginia Disability Caucus included a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Caucus sessions and training sessions guided participants in developing strategies to address major issues for people with disabilities.
Disability Caucus Priorities and Strategies, 2010-2011
At the seventh West Virginia Disability Caucus in July 2010, caucus representatives identified the following strategies for key issues in the near future:
Healthcare & PAS
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Disability Policy Priorities and Strategies, 2009-2010
At the December 2, 2009 SILC meeting, representatives from West Virginia Centers for Independent Living (WVCIL); West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC); West Virginia Olmstead Council; West Virginia Mental Health Consumers Association (WVMHCA); and the Fair Shake Network (FSN) presented their disability policy priorities and worked with SILC members in small groups to develop strategies for those priorities. The issues and strategies agreed upon were:
West Virginia CILs:
Fair Shake Network:
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The West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council began the West Virginia Disability Caucus in 1997 as an effort to support and develop the statewide, grassroots disability community.
The Disability Caucus provides training in grassroots organizing and advocacy skills for people with disabilities and other interested individuals. The Caucus also provides motivation for individuals with disabilities to get involved, to feel ownership, and to take responsibility for making changes to improve the lives of people with disabilities in their community, state and nation. The Caucus is a good opportunity for people with disabilities to network, begin developing strategies, and connect with advocacy groups they can be part of to actually go about the work of making change.
The Caucus has been held in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010, and attendance has grown each year. High quality state and national speakers are a highlight of the Caucus. Individuals also have the opportunity to attend District Meetings at each Caucus to identify issues, develop strategies, and establish priorities for addressing the problems of individuals with disabilities in their area of the state. The reports from the District Meetings are used by the Council, and by other statewide disability groups, as they plan services, future advocacy activities, and legislative priorities.
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