The West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council recruits new members annually to fill vacancies for terms beginning July 1st.
The Council (mandated by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, and the 2001 WV Independent Living Act) monitors, reviews, and evaluates independent living services provided through the State Plan for Independent Living, developed jointly with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services and the Centers for Independent Living.
Please review the description of the Council, and the responsibilities of council members. Review the responsibilities carefully and apply only if you are willing to fulfill the responsibilities. The Council seeks to maintain representation of all disability groups. If you or someone you know would like to apply for nomination to the Council, please return a completed application form by February 14th. You may also apply online.
Applications will be reviewed by, and nominees selected by, the Council. Nominees selected will be submitted to the Governor for appointment to the Council. This process can be lengthy and new members are not always appointed before the terms begin in July. We appreciate your patience. If you have questions or need further information or assistance, please feel free to contact our office.
The West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council (the Council) is a thirty-one (31) member council with twenty-four (24) voting members and seven (7) ex-officio, non-voting members representing state agencies and/or providers all appointed by the Governor. A majority of the voting members must be individuals with disabilities who do not work for a center for independent living or any state agency. The Council functions as a partner with the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to ensure the existence of appropriate planning, financial support and coordination, and other assistance to appropriately address, on a statewide basis, the independent living needs of West Virginians with disabilities.
The Council meets six times per year, usually in the Charleston, WV area. Reimbursement is provided for travel, lodging and other approved reasonable and necessary expenses for attending meetings. A term of appointment is three years and council members may serve two full consecutive terms.
The Council supports the participation of its members by ensuring that council meetings and activities are fully accessible and by providing accommodations to Council members with disabilities upon request.
Download the application below and return to our office or click "APPLY NOW" to instantly apply online.
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