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Deaf Community Advocacy Network - DEAF C.A.N.!
Deaf Community Advocacy Network – DEAF C.A.N.! is a non-profit Organization established in 1981 to provide services to the thousands of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.


Deaf Self-Advocacy Training Toolkit
Developed by the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers, this specialized curriculum is devoted to teaching deaf individuals to self-advocate for effective interpreting services. The content of the curriculum includes concepts of self-esteem and self-determination, the law, ethics of working with interpreters, video relay interpreting, preparing for self-advocacy, and how to effectively tap resources.


Disability Rights of WV
Charleston, WV
(304) 346-0847

Disability Rights of West Virginia (DRWV) is a private non-profit agency dedicated to protecting and advocating for the legal rights of West Virginians with disabilities. We are designated as the state’s Protection and Advocacy System required under federal law. DRWV works to ensure that West Virginians with disabilities have access to the same opportunities afforded all members of society, and can live full, productive lives, totally integrated into their communities with as much self-direction and independence as possible.


The Family Advocacy, Support & Training (FAST) Program
The Family Advocacy, Support & Training (FAST) program is a statewide parent and youth network that engages families in the planning, management and evaluation of their child's mental health treatment and service needs. It is sponsored by Legal Aid of WV. Toll-free number for Legal Aid of WV: 1-866-255-4370


Fair Shake Network
Institute, WV
(304) 766-0061

The Fair Shake Network provides training and systems advocacy on issues affecting people with disabilities through statewide, grassroots, cross disability activities.


I'm Determined
The I’m Determined project, a state directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior.


Legal Aid of WV
Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) is the state's primary provider of civil legal aid and advocacy services.


National Gateway to Self-Determination
The goal of the NGSD is to establish a sustainable, evidence-based training system that enhances self-determination training programs that lead to quality of life outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the lifespan.

People First
People First is a self-advocacy organization where people learn to speak for themselves.


Self-Advocacy Online
This website provides information on self-advocacy, where to find self-advocacy groups in the U.S., stories from self-advocates and other resources.


State of WV Equal Employment Opportunity Office
Charleston, WV
304-558-0400

The mission of the West Virginia Equal Employment Opportunity Office is to prevent and eliminate unlawful employment discrimination and to promote diversity in West Virginia State government.


WV Advocates
Charleston, WV
304-346-0847

See Disability Rights of WV (new name).


WV Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The mission of the West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WVCDHH) is to advocate for, develop, and coordinate public policies, regulations, and programs to assure full and equal opportunity for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing in West Virginia.


WV Developmental Disabilities Council
Charleston, WV
304-558-0416

The Council’s mission is to assure that West Virginia citizens with developmental disabilities receive the services, supports, and other forms of assistance they need to exercise self-determination and achieve independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in the community.


WV Olmstead Council
Charleston, WV
304-558-3287

The mission of the Council is to develop and monitor the implementation of a plan to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities to live, learn, work and participate in the most integrated setting in the community of their choice through West Virginia’s compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


West Virginia State ADA Coordinator
State Capitol, Charleston, WV
304-558-4331 x 57004

Website and Coordinator provide information on the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and West Virginia state laws that impact the lives of people with disabilities.