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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.

Assistive Technology / Communication

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
A resource of educational web tools and mobile apps for teachers and educators.


Job Accommodation Network’s Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR)
Accommodation options in work and educational settings


Mission West Virginia e-IMPACT Program
Hurricane, WV
866-225-5698

The Mission West Virginia e-IMPACT Program focuses on providing computer hardware and training to people across the state.


WV Assistive Technology System (WVATS)
WVATS provides access to and help with the acquisition of assistive technology devices and services for West Virginians with disabilities. It is sponsored by the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities.

WV Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Charleston, WV
304-558-1675

The WV Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing programs include: TTY/Phone Loan Program, WV Registry of Interpreters (WVRI) Information, and Accessible Smoke Alarm Project (ASAP)


WV Relay Service
800-676-3777

WV Relay is a free service for WV residents, connecting individuals who are deaf, deafblind, hard-of-hearing, or have a speech disability with users of standard telephones.

Behavioral Health

1-844-HELP4WV
1-844-435-7498 helpline that provides assistance for persons struggling with an addiction or mental health issue. Includes a comprehensive list of state resources.


Comeback TV
Show made by young adults for young adults about resources to help young adults with mental health conditions on their path to successful independent lives. Topics include:

  • Things to consider when looking for a job
  • Applying for a job
  • Choosing a school
  • Applying to college
  • What happens to my SSI when I turn 18

Set To Go
Set to Go is a program from The Jed Foundation (JED) to help high school students emotionally prepare for the transition to college and to life after high school. Emotional preparedness for life after high school involves: putting college in perspective; basic life skills; social and emotional skills; mental health and substance abuse literacy; and the transition to college life.

Transitions RTC
The mission of the Transitions RTC is to promote the full participation in socially valued roles of transition-age youth and young adults (ages 14-30) with serious mental health conditions.


Transition Year
The Transition Year is an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition.


WVDHHR Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities
Charleston, WV
304-356-4811

The WV Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities is the federally designated Single State Authority for mental health and substance use disorders and serves as the lead state agency for intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Benefits

Benefits.gov
Official benefits website of the U.S. government, provides citizen access to benefit information.


Disability.gov’s Guide to Disability Benefits
Disability.gov’s Benefits section provides a broad range of resources about Social Security disability benefits and assistance programs and services for people with disabilities, seniors and their families.


Medicaid Waiver Programs (WVDHHR Bureau for Medical Services)
Charleston, WV
304-558-1700

The Bureau for Medical Services has three Waiver Programs: The Aged and Disabled Waiver (ADW), the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Waiver (IDDW), and the Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver (TBIW).


Social Security Disability Insurance
800-772-1213

Social Security Administration - Assistance and information about government benefits including Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSD) programs.

Social Security Supplemental Security Income
800-772-1213

Social Security Administration - Assistance and information about government benefits including Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSD) programs.


WV inROADS
877-716-1212

WV inROADS is an online tool that allows users to evaluate for eligibility and apply for benefits offered by the state of WV.

Blind or Visually Impaired

American Council of the Blind
The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.


American Foundation for the Blind
The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.


Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD): Transition Resources
AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.


Bookshare
An Accessible Online Library for people with print disabilities.


Center for Parent Information and Resources: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
The funding for the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) ended in October 2013, but many of its products and webpages will live on here, where CPIR maintains their accuracy and continues to make them available to families, professionals, and Parent Centers.


Cortical Visual Impairment: Special Topics (WVDE)
A series of video presentations on Cortical Visual Impairment, presented Christine Roman-Lantzy, Ph.D., the Director of the Pediatric VIEW (Vision Information and Evaluation at West Penn Hospital) Program in Pittsburgh, and a private consultant for CVI Resources.


Described and Captioned Media Program
Our mission is to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning through described and captioned educational media.


FamilyConnect
On FamilyConnect you'll find videos, personal stories, events, news, and an online community that can offer tips and support from other parents of children who are blind or visually impaired


Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools


Guide to Visual Disabilities: How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed
This guide explores how visual impairments impact the educational experience, what colleges are doing for the visually impaired, and includes numerous resources, as well insight and tips from experts and a list of scholarships and grants.


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.


National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

Pacer's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides relevant information and resources to parents, youth, and professionals through a variety of services: a website that inspires, educates, and engages families around transition; technical assistance and training to professionals on best practices for engaging families, including those who are underserved; in-person and online workshops for parents on youth on topics such as assistive technology, postsecondary supports, and finding work in the community.


Perkins School for the Blind eLearning: Paths to Transition
Explore ideas and resources related to the transition from school to adult life for youth who are blind or visually impaired, including those who are deafblind or who have multiple disabilities.


Project Aspiro
Project Aspiro is a comprehensive career planning and employment resource for individuals who are blind or partially sighted. You’ll find everything you need to achieve your career goals including career planning advice, information about education, profiles of people enjoying meaningful careers, and much more.


Teaching Students with Visual Impairments: Career & Vocational Skills


Transitioning to college: nine essential tips for students with visual impairments


U.S. Department of Education: Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators


Usher Syndrome Coalition
Learn about Usher Syndrome - the most common genetic cause of combined deafness and blindness. The Usher Syndrome Coalition is working to raise awareness and accelerate research, while providing information and support to impacted individuals and families.

Click to view presentation.


WV Division of Rehabilitation Services: Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Specially trained DRS rehabilitation counselors meet the needs of West Virginia workers with significant vision impairments. Services for people with vision impairments cover a wide range of individual needs, from basic mobility training to assistive technologies.


WV SenseAbilities
WV SenseAbilities offers a series of webcasts to meet the needs of people who work with children with sensory impairments. Each webcast offers a certificate of participation after completion of the evaluation.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Teen Resources


Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD): Transition Resources
AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.


Beginnings
Beginnings for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is a non-profit that helps parents and families understand hearing loss, and the diverse needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Center for Parent Information and Resources: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
The funding for the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) ended in October 2013, but many of its products and webpages will live on here, where CPIR maintains their accuracy and continues to make them available to families, professionals, and Parent Centers.


Deaf 101: How to Navigate Clinical Interactions with Deaf Sign Language Users
Webinar and additional resources


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.


DeafTEC
Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students


Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools


Hands & Voices
Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.


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.


Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
The Clerc Center, a federally funded national deaf education center, ensures that the diverse population of deaf and hard of hearing students (birth through age 21) in the nation are educated and empowered and have the linguistic competence to maximize their potential as productive and contributing members of society.


National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.


National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.


Pacer's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides relevant information and resources to parents, youth, and professionals through a variety of services: a website that inspires, educates, and engages families around transition; technical assistance and training to professionals on best practices for engaging families, including those who are underserved; in-person and online workshops for parents on youth on topics such as assistive technology, postsecondary supports, and finding work in the community.


Pepnet 2
Pepnet 2 (pn2) is a federally funded project whose mission is to increase the education, career, and lifetime choices available to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Pepnet: A Nuts and Bolts Guide to College Success for Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Transition planning information and strategies for students considering college. This publication provides information for students who are deaf or hard of hearing during the transition to postsecondary education, including developing self-advocacy skills, communication strategies, pre-college timelines, financial aid basics, accessing appropriate accommodations, academic issues, documentation of disability, and other useful topics.

Pepnet: Getting a Job!
The Getting a Job! online training was developed and designed for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and the professionals who work with them. Focusing on the transition from school to work, the training offers a series of activities, supporting documents and topical videos designed to help the job seeker prepare for the world of work.


Pepnet: Map It: What Comes Next
Map It: What Comes Next is a free, online, interactive training designed for transition-aged students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Video vignettes signed in ASL with spoken English and written transcription, self-assessments, and a series of interactive questions guide students as they identify their goals and develop strategies to achieve them.


Pepnet Transition Resources


REACH — The NTID Center for Studies on Career Success
The primary goal of REACH is to conduct research on employment and factors of change, as well as career success for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.


Start ASL
Start ASL offers both paid and free American Sign Language lessons and courses to individuals who want to learn sign language or sharpen their skills.


Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss
Improving the Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss. Our mission is to help YOU to improve the futures of children who are hard of hearing or deaf.


U.S. Department of Education: Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators


Usher Syndrome Coalition
Learn about Usher Syndrome - the most common genetic cause of combined deafness and blindness. The Usher Syndrome Coalition is working to raise awareness and accelerate research, while providing information and support to impacted individuals and families.

Click to view presentation.


VR4HearingLoss
VR4HearingLoss will help orient VR professionals to the range of needs and possible services for persons who are hard of hearing or late deafened. These services lead to enhanced workplace success and improved quality of life for consumers.


WV Association for the Deaf
The WVAD is a non-profit consumer advocacy organization that strives to promote the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The WVAD is affiliated with the National Association of the Deaf.


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. Promotes & advocates for individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing to achieve equality and opportunity in social, educational, vocational and legal aspects impacting their daily lives; enhance & monitor access to effective communication & telecommunication technology.


WV Department of Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources


WV Division of Rehabilitation Services: Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Division of Rehabilitation Services offers specialized programs and services that help West Virginia citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing to reach their employment goals.


WV Hands and Voices
WV Hands & Voices is dedicated to the non-biased support of families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing without bias toward communication modality or methodology.


WV SenseAbilities
WV SenseAbilities offers a series of webcasts to meet the needs of people who work with children with sensory impairments. Each webcast offers a certificate of participation after completion of the evaluation.


Your Guide to Care and Maintenance of Hearing Aids
Guide to help you care for and maintain your hearing aids in top condition as well as issues that you need to know and understand to get the most from your amplification.

Deaf-Blind

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD): Transition Resources
AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.


Center for Parent Information and Resources: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities


Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC)
Giving people who are deaf-blind the tools to live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice.


National Center on Deaf-Blindness
As a national technical assistance center funded by the federal Department of Education, NCDB works to improve the quality of life for children who are deaf-blind and their families.


National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.


Pacer's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides relevant information and resources to parents, youth, and professionals through a variety of services: a website that inspires, educates, and engages families around transition; technical assistance and training to professionals on best practices for engaging families, including those who are underserved; in-person and online workshops for parents on youth on topics such as assistive technology, postsecondary supports, and finding work in the community.

Transition Guide for Students Who Are Deaf-Blind


Transition to Adult Life for Youth with Deaf-Blindness: A Parent Mini-Guide
Guide developed by New Jersey’s Statewide Parent Advocacy Network In collaboration with the Perkins School for the Blind


U.S. Department of Education: Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators


Usher Syndrome Coalition
Learn about Usher Syndrome - the most common genetic cause of combined deafness and blindness. The Usher Syndrome Coalition is working to raise awareness and accelerate research, while providing information and support to impacted individuals and families.

Click to view presentation.


WV SenseAbilities
WV SenseAbilities offers a series of webcasts to meet the needs of people who work with children with sensory impairments. Each webcast offers a certificate of participation after completion of the evaluation.

Education

Career & Technical Education Courses
Explore courses offered by the WV Department of Education Career & Technical Centers


College Foundation of West Virginia
The College Foundation of West Virginia website is a free college and career planning resource that helps students and families plan, apply, and pay for college. Visit www.cfwv.com to find state-level financial aid information, apply directly to West Virginia’s colleges and universities, explore careers, practice for the ACT and SAT — and more!


Community & Technical College System of WV
Charleston, WV
304-558-0265


Educational Pathways for Youth Transitioning from Juvenile Justice Facilities
Guide for students eligible for transition into a community school leaving a juvenile justice facility.


Education Quest
One stop shop for professionals, and students grades 8-12 on preparing for college; career options, reality check of skills and interests, self-advocacy, tips, FAFSA, ACT, etc.


Going to College
Video clips and activities resources for teens with disabilities to get a head start in planning for the future.


Think College
College options for people with intellectual disabilities.


U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard
This website includes programs/degrees, location, size, graduation rates, and tuition costs to research and compare schools.


WV Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) works to improve the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.


WV Department of Education Career Technical Education Programs
Tech centers, technology centers, technical centers, career centers and career/technical centers all have a common purpose: to provide high-quality career/technical studies to high school students. Students may attend these centers for only a portion of the school day, week or year, or they may attend full time, receiving both academic and technical instruction at the center. Check out WV Department of Education’s Career Technical Education website for readiness, career education standards, and programs of study.

WV Department of Education Office of Adult Education
304-558-0280

WV Adult Education helps adult learners gain skills needed to obtain a job, advance in their current job, or enter a new career field. The core academics include reading, mathematics, English, and computer skills.


WV Department of Education’s Office of Diversion and Transition Programs
Charleston, WV
304-558-8833

This office provides educational services to juveniles and adults in residential and other state operated facilities. The State Department of Education and State Board of Education have assumed an important role in protecting the constitutional rights of this population by providing programs and services that help change their lives.


WV Department of Education Office of Special Education
Charleston, WV
304-558-2696

The pupose of the WV Department of Education Office of Special Education is to improve results for children and youth, primarily through leadership and financial support to local education agencies.


WV Higher Education Policy Commission
Charleston, WV
304-558-2101

The WV Higher Education Policy Commission is responsible for developing, establishing, and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for four-year colleges and universities.

Employment

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
U.S. Department of Labor handbook with career information on the duties, education and training, pay, and future outlook for hundreds of different types of jobs.


CareerOneStop
Source for career exploration, training, and jobs, including online videos about each of the Career Clusters, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)
Resources to help employers recruit, hire, retain and advance individuals with disabilities


Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
Career planning, service learning opportunities, training, finding a job.


Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley, Inc.
Charleston, WV
304-346-0811

Goodwill operates a Work Adjustment Training program at the 209 Virginia Street, West location.


Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area, Inc. - Employment Services
Huntington, WV
304-525-7034

Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area, Inc., is a multi-service agency offering job training, education and job-finding skills to people with disabilities or other disadvantaging conditions.


Headed2 Career Simulator for West Virginia
(previously Strategic Compass)
Includes Self-Assessments, Job Exploration, and How to Budget Your Life


Human Resource Development Foundation (HRDF)
Morgantown, WV
304-296-8223

HRDF’s employment and training initiatives focus on the provision of services to disadvantaged youth, the ex-offender population, and dislocated workers.


Job Accommodation Network
800-526-7234

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.


Job Corps: Charleston
Charleston, WV
304-925-3200

At Charleston Job Corps, students receive the skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce - at no cost to them or their families.


Job Corps: Harpers Ferry Civilian Conservation Center
Harpers Ferry, WV
304-728-5708

At Harpers Ferry Job Corps, students receive the skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce - at no cost to them or their families.


National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
Fact sheets, guides, strategies, resources for youth to plan for life after high school.

National Organization on Disability (NOD)
Private, non-profit organization that focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed.


Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
This U.S. Department of Labor office helps increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities through education, training, assistive technology, and awareness programs.


O*Net Online
Provides tools to explore careers and analyze jobs and skills needed.

REM West Virginia
Benwood, WV
304-233-3474

REM West Virginia offers a range of pre-vocational services and training programs as well as ongoing support services to help individuals be successful in the jobs of their choice in their communities.


Today's Military
Today’s Military website, produced by the US Department of Defense, includes military careers, required training, and how to get started.


WorkForce WV
1-800-252-JOBS

WorkForce WV is a one-stop center for work force resources, including job opportunities, unemployment compensation, training, tax incentives and labor market information - Workforce development services designed to provide West Virginia’s citizens and employers the opportunity to compete in today’s competitive global economy.


WV - Ticket to Work
Information for people with disabilities who wish to explore competitive employment opportunities.


WV Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
Charleston, WV
304-205-7970

The WV Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Inc. (WVARF) serves as the state’s Central Nonprofit Agency, linking people with disabilities to meaningful employment opportunities.


WV Division of Rehabilitation Services
Charleston, WV
304-356-2060

The WV Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) helps people with disabilities establish and reach their vocational goals. The primary goal for all DRS clients is to become productive working citizens. Services include skill and job exploration, adult life planning, training/education to find, and/or keep a job.


WV Joint Apprenticeship Programs
The West Virginia Apprenticeship site provides current information on apprenticeship programs in West Virginia and surrounding areas.


WV Small Business Development Center
888-982-7232

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a statewide network that provides essential information for successfully starting, expanding and growing a business.

Financial Aid

Career OneStop Get My Future
Search more than 7,500 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities.


College Foundation of WV: Financial Aid 101


College Foundation of WV: Scholarship Finder


College Funding for Students with Disabilities


College Scholarships.org
Searchable college scholarship website


Affordable Colleges Online (ACO)
ACO creates in-depth resources that address topics, questions and concerns related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation; includes information on scholarships and financial aid for students with disabilities.


Disability.gov’s Guide to Student Financial Aid
This guide explains financial aid options for students attending or planning to attend college or career or technical school.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


SMART 529: West Virginia's College Savings Plan
The SMART529 college savings plan may be used to finance higher education at colleges, universities, vocational and technical schools, culinary schools, worker retraining classes, community colleges and others. SMART529 savings can also be used for other approved educational expenses.


SmartScholar
Find the Perfect Scholarship –


US Dept of Education Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.


WV Promise Scholarship
The PROMISE Scholarship is a merit-based financial aid program for West Virginia residents. Students who achieve certain academic goals are eligible to receive funds to help pay for college.

Health & Wellness

1-844-HELP4WV
1-844-435-7498 helpline that provides assistance for persons struggling with an addiction or mental health issue. Includes a comprehensive list of state resources.


CAMC Health Information Center
304-388-5432


Medicaid Work Incentive Network
800-642-8589

M-WIN is a work incentive for people with disabilities or chronic health conditions that allows individuals who work, to pay a monthly premium and keep or obtain Medicaid healthcare coverage.


Try This WV
Website on building healthier communities with hundreds of doable, practical ideas and great West Virginia examples.


Transition Quick Guide: Take Charge of Planning and Managing Your Own Health and Career Goals


West Virginians for Affordable Health Care
Charleston, WV
681-265-9008

WVAHC promotes quality, affordable health care and assists consumers in navigating the health care system.


WV Association of Free Clinics
Charleston, WV
304-414-5941

The WVAFC is a network of free clinics providing quality health care services for those who cannot afford health insurance.


WV Center for Local Health
Charleston, WV

Directory of Local Health Departments


WV NaviCare
1-844-WV-CARES

WV NaviCare provides free health coverage enrollment assistance to uninsured West Virginians.

WVDHHR Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities
Charleston, WV
304-356-4811

The WV Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities is the federally designated Single State Authority for mental health and substance use disorders and serves as the lead state agency for intellectual and developmental disabilities.


WVDHHR Bureau for Medical Services
Charleston, WV
304-558-1700

The Bureau for Medical Services (BMS), is the designated single state agency responsible for the administration of the State's Medicaid program. BMS provides access to appropriate health care for Medicaid-eligible individuals.


WVDHHR Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program
Charleston, WV
304-558-5388

The Children with Special Health Care Needs Program supports the family and community in the care of children with special health care needs through: facilitation of early care, diagnostic evaluation/consultation, clinic intervention, and care coordination.


WV Parents Action for Wellness
A network and website for connecting Parents, Teachers, and Advocates to wellness resources and support for strengthening school & community wellness.


WVRx Prescriptions for WV
Charleston, WV
877-388-9879

WVRx is West Virginia's Statewide Charitable Mail Order Pharmacy, dedicated to providing FREE prescription drugs to UNINSURED individuals and families in need.

Housing

US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (WV)
Charleston, WV
304-347-7000


WV Association of Housing Agencies
Charleston, WV
304-768-9315

Association of housing authorities/agencies.


WV Coalition to End Homelessness
Bridgeport, WV
304-842-9522

The WVCEH advocates for services to prevent and end homelessness throughout West Virginia.

Independent Living

Appalachian Center for Independent Living, Inc.
Charleston, WV
304-965-0376

The Appalachian Center for Independent Living promotes the interdependence, productivity, and quality of life of individuals with disabilities through empowerment, integration, and inclusion.


Headed2 Career Simulator for West Virginia
(previously Strategic Compass)
Includes Self-Assessments, Job Exploration, and How to Budget Your Life


Mountain State Centers for Independent Living
Huntington, WV
304-525-3324
Beckley, WV
304-255-0122

Mountain State Centers for Independent Living (MTSTCIL) is a community-based organization providing advocacy, networking, and resources to people with disabilities and their families. The centers are a place where people with disabilities are free to meet, share, learn and plan lives of greater independence and self reliance.


Northern WV Center for Independent Living
Morgantown, WV
304-296-6091
Elkins, WV
304-636-0143

The Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living is an advocacy resource center for persons with disabilities and the communities in which they live.


The Arc of Harrison County
Clarksburg, WV
304-624-3641

The ARC serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by assisting, encouraging, and empowering them to live, work, learn, worship, and play in their community.


The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley
Parkersburg, WV
304-422-3151

The ARC serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by assisting, encouraging, and empowering them to live, work, learn, worship, and play in their community.


The Arc of the Three Rivers
Charleston, WV
304-344-3403

The Arc of the Three Rivers, Inc. is a behavioral health organization that serves children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD).


The ARC of West Virginia
Services, information, resources and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families

West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Morgantown: 304-293-4692
Charleston: 304-720-3200

The mission of the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities is to improve the lives of West Virginians with disabilities by supporting more diverse, inclusive communities. As a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, it is part of a national network of similar centers and serves as a resource to the community in the areas of education, research and service as it relates to the needs of people with disabilities.


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).


WV Statewide Independent Living Council
Institute, WV
304-766-4642

The mission of WVSILC is to ensure persons who have disabilities have access to community-based resources that promote personal choice and facilitate the achievement of their independent living goals.


WVDHHR Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Charleston, WV
304-356-4811

The Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities provides leadership, facilitation, technical assistance and funding to support children and adults who have intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Money Management

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Money-Smart - Financial Education Program
The Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction is an easy-to-use tool to learn more about basic personal financial management that users can complete at their own pace.


Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Understanding Your Taxes
Tax tutorials to guide you through the basics of tax preparation, giving you the background you need to electronically file your tax return.


MyMoney.Gov - Resources for Youth
U.S. governorment website with games, activities, websites, video games, and information about money for kids and youth. Includes information on how to save money, what to think about when shopping and buying, and how to a budget or a plan so you’ll have enough money when you need it.

Saving For College


WV State Treasurer's Office - Personal Finance
Includes Personal Finance 101 and Finance Information Booklets on budgeting, credit, affording college, and more.

Parent / Caregiver Resources

American Foundation for the Blind Family Connect
Online community that can offer tips and support from other parents of children who are blind or visually impaired.


Autism Spectrum Disorders: Services in WV Schools
This guidance document from the WV Department of Education Office of Special Programs provides education related information about autism spectrum disorders; and assists Individualized Education Program (IEP) Teams, including parents, develop researched-based educational programs for children and youth who qualify for special education services under the autism disability category.


Beginnings
Beginnings for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is a non-profit that helps parents and families understand hearing loss, and the diverse needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Center for Parent Information and Resources: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
The funding for the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) ended in October 2013, but many of its products and webpages will live on here, where CPIR maintains their accuracy and continues to make them available to families, professionals, and Parent Centers.


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


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.


Hands & Voices
Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Modified Diploma Brochure
Understanding Modified Diplomas: What teachers, parents and students need to know. This brochure is by the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE).


Mountain State Parents, Children & Adolescent Network (MSPCAN)
Parkersburg, WV
304-428-0365

MSP-CAN promotes reforms in the service delivery system through a continuum of interrelated activities that educate and support parent, inform practitioners, and administrators and policy makers.

Pacer's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides relevant information and resources to parents, youth, and professionals through a variety of services: a website that inspires, educates, and engages families around transition; technical assistance and training to professionals on best practices for engaging families, including those who are underserved; in-person and online workshops for parents on youth on topics such as assistive technology, postsecondary supports, and finding work in the community.


Parent Educator Resource Centers (WVDE)
304-558-2696

The purpose of the PERC project is to build partnerships between parents and educators to ensure that children receive the highest educational opportunities and achievement possible. Local education agencies participate in the project by establishing centers to work with families of children in the school system, educators, and others.


WV Hands and Voices
WV Hands & Voices is dedicated to the non-biased support of families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing without bias toward communication modality or methodology.


WV Parent Training and Information, Inc. (WVPTI)
800-281-1436

WVPTI is a non-profit agency that operates the statewide federally funded Parent Training and Information Center, Family to Family (F2F) Health Information Center and is the Family Voices State Affiliate Organization. WVPTI programs are based on the concept of parents helping parents. Its mission is to empower parents of children and youth with disabilities in their roles as parents, decision makers, and advocates for their children and to promote partnerships among parents and professionals.

Provider Resources / Technical Assistance

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD): Transition Resources
AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.


Autism Spectrum Disorders: Services in WV Schools
This guidance document from the WV Department of Education Office of Special Programs provides education related information about autism spectrum disorders; and assists Individualized Education Program (IEP) Teams, including parents, develop researched-based educational programs for children and youth who qualify for special education services under the autism disability category.


Casey Life Skills
Casey Life Skills is a free practice tool and framework for working with youth in foster care. It assesses independent living skills and provides results instantly.


Center on Transition Innovations
CTI provides information, resources, demonstration and research on pathways to employment that support youth with disabilities to gain access to integrated competitive employment to the fullest extent possible.


College Foundation of West Virginia: CONNECT
An online toolkit for teachers, mentors, and community leaders who wish to integrate college- and career-planning activities, including the resources available on CFWV.com, into their work with students and families.


Disability Resources for WIOA Practitioners – 10 Playlists
High-quality service to individuals with disabilities is a critical goal of WIOA partners and practitioners. This website provides ten playlists, each of which is a carefully selected set of links to resources such as toolkits, reports, online courses, and videos on a specific topic related to improving services to individuals with disabilities. The resources are intended for use by workforce development professionals, employers, rehabilitation services providers, adult educators, and other practitioners.


Education Quest
One stop shop for professionals, and students grades 8-12 on preparing for college; career options, reality check of skills and interests, self-advocacy, tips, FAFSA, ACT, etc.


Guidance Counselors Toolkit
Toolkit of answers to counselors’ questions about advising high school students with disabilities


Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
A resource of educational web tools and mobile apps for teachers and educators.


Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools


Marshall University Autism Training Center
Provides training, information and support to West Virginians with autism, their families, educators and other persons.


Modified Diploma Brochure
Understanding Modified Diplomas: What teachers, parents and students need to know. This brochure is by the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE).


National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET)
The goals of NASET are to: Identify what youth need in order to achieve successful participation in postsecondary education and training, civic engagement, meaningful employment, and adult life; and Prioritize and address significant issues of national scale that have an impact on the provision of effective secondary education and transition services and policies for all youth.


National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Transition resources, technical assistance and information.


National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth.


National Technical Assistance Center on Transition
NTACT’s purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.


PowerUp WHAT WORKS
PowerUp WHAT WORKS provides customizable resources for teachers, school leaders, PD facilitators, and teacher educators to improve teaching and learning for struggling students and those with disabilities:


PRO-ED Inc.
PRO-ED Inc. is a leading publisher of standardized tests, books, curricular resources, and therapy materials.

Soft Skills to Pay the Bills — Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success
"Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," is a curriculum developed by ODEP focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities.


Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss
Improving the Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss. Our mission is to help YOU to improve the futures of children who are hard of hearing or deaf.


TEACCH Autism Program Trainings
The University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program creates and cultivates the development of exemplary community-based services, training programs, and research to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.


Teaching Students with Visual Impairments: Career & Vocational Skills
This website was developed by Carmen Willings, a teacher of students with visual impairments, as a resource for educators.


Transition Assessment and Goal Generator (TAGG)
The TAGG is an on-line transition assessment for secondary-aged youth with disabilities, their families, and professionals. (University of Oklahoma Zarrow Center)


Transition Coalition
The Transition Coalition, located at the University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disability, provides professional development opportunities for secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities.


Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Youth
The Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Youth (Y-TAC) provides State VR agencies and related rehabilitation and youth service professionals with technical assistance to help more effectively serve youth with disabilities, especially disconnected youth who need to re-engage with education and/or work.


VR4HearingLoss
VR4HearingLoss will help orient VR professionals to the range of needs and possible services for persons who are hard of hearing or late deafened. These services lead to enhanced workplace success and improved quality of life for consumers.


WinAhead’s World
Guidebook for HS educators; answers to student questions as they consider and transition to college


Workforce GPS Innovation and Opportunity Network (ION)
The Innovation and Opportunity Network (ION) is a community of practitioners, program staff, partners, planners, industry leaders and stakeholders that strive for system improvement, capacity building and excellence in the public workforce system.


Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center
The purpose of the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) is to provide training and technical assistance (TA) in five topic areas related to WIOA that will lead to effective implementation of the requirements of WIOA, including pre-employment transition services.


West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Morgantown: 304-293-4692
Charleston: 304-720-3200

The mission of the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities is to improve the lives of West Virginians with disabilities by supporting more diverse, inclusive communities. As a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, it is part of a national network of similar centers and serves as a resource to the community in the areas of education, research and service as it relates to the needs of people with disabilities.

STEM

WV eco-sySTEM
Explore a directory of science, technology, engineering & math resources for pre-K-12th grade students in West Virginia.

Transportation

West Virginia Non-Emergency Medical Transportation
Charleston, WV
681-245-8300

MTM is the state of West Virginia’s non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) manager providing rides free of charge for eligible Medicaid Members throughout the state.


WV Department of Transportation: Transportation Providers Directory
The WVDOT Transportation Providers Directory includes listings by county for Public Transportation, Specialized Transportation, Taxi services, and Head Start Programs. The directory lists those providers who have ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) lift equipped vehicles.


WV Division of Motor Vehicles
The WV Division of Motor Vehicles website has details on obtaining and renewing a driver’s license and online services available.