Everyone Can Work
A Handbook for Employment Resources
West Virginia State Programs
Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED)
Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG)
The MIG Program is developing a strategic plan to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The plan includes improving access to existing services, identifying supports and work incentives that promote competitive employment, increasing economic independence and improving the health of people with disabilities to maximize employment outcomes. For more information, call 304-293-4692 ext. 1104 or visit mig.cedwvu.org.
Medicaid Work Incentives Network (M-WIN)
M-WIN allows for Medicaid's personal care services to be provided outside the home to help individuals with disabilities to go to work.
M-WIN can also prevent loss of health care benefits due to employment. M-WIN has provided affordable health insurance for more than 800 working West Virginians with disabilities in 48 counties. For more information, call 304-293-4692 ext. 1104 or visit www.cedwvu.org/programs/mwin.
West Virginia AgrAbility
AgrAbility provides information and technical assistance about assistive technology and farm modifications to farmers with disabilities or chronic health conditions to enable them to maintain their self-employment. This project partners with West Virginia University Extension Service and Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living. For more information, visit www.cedwvu.org/programs/agrability or call 800-841-8436.
West Virginia Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)
WIPA is a statewide program designed to assist people who receive Social Security benefits and would like to go back to work or increase their work activity. Program staff answers questions about how benefits may change with employment, what choices consumers have in making work and benefits decisions and what other benefits they may be able to receive. For more information, visit www.cedwvu.org/programs/wipa or call 304-293-4692 ext. 1107.
WV Division of Personnel
The West Virginia Division of Personnel is committed to a fair and open employment system, based on merit and free from political interference. The Division of Personnel web site provides links and information about all announced jobs and employment services. For more information or if you have any questions about job requirements, job announcements, posted jobs and the application process, visit www.state.wv.us/admin/personnel/jobs/ or call 304-558-3950.
Job Squad, Inc. (JSI)
JSI is a nonprofit company that provides employment opportunities, training and supports for people with physical, developmental or psychiatric disabilities. Whether the individual works on a government contract or at a community business, JSI provides the job training and supports. For more information, visit www.jobsquadinc.org or call 304-848-0850.
Mountain State Centers for Independent Living (MTSTCIL)
MTSTCIL offers a supported employment program for people with disabilities who need support on the job. A supported employment coordinator serves as a job developer and job coach for individuals seeking employment. The coordinator assists individuals in locating jobs that fit their needs and working with coworkers to help them work more efficiently together. For more information, visit www.mtstcil.org or call 866-687-8245.
WorkforceWV Employment Service
Employment service offers special placement techniques to match the physical and mental demands of a job to the capabilities of workers with disabilities. These services are given by Job Service in cooperation with other community agencies and include counseling and special placement assistance. For more information and to find the office for your region, visit www.wvworkforce.com or call 866-424-7271.
West Virginia Assistive Technology System
The West Virginia Assistive Technology System (WVATS) offers a variety of services for individuals who are transitioning into employment, higher education and community living options. WVATS provides information to individuals through a toll-free information and referral hotline, devices for individuals to 'try before they buy' in their new settings and demonstrations and evaluations of equipment that individuals may be able to use to make their transition easier. For more information, call 800-841-8436 or visit www.cedwvu.org/programs/wvats.
WVATS Assistive Technology Loans
West Virginia Assistive Technology System (WVATS) operates a short-term loan program that can be useful to individuals who need assistive technology for an employment accommodation. Individuals with disabilities and employers can borrow the devices for 30 days to try them out before buying them. The loan library has several devices that can be used to maintain or gain employment including augmentative communication devices, computer peripherals and cognitive aids.
West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
Job Seeking Skills: DRS provides small group or individualized training in preparing resumes, completing job applications, networking to find jobs, interviewing and developing other skills necessary in your job search. Your counselor and/or employment specialist will help you become job ready.
Job Development: DRS offers job placement services to match you with the right job. Employment specialists will work with you to develop a job or use programs such as on-the-job training to develop marketable skills while working.
Employment Attendant Care: This program is designed to assist persons with significant disabilities to enter or continue in the workforce. This service will continue as long as needed while the individual is employed.
Supported Employment: DRS can coordinate intensive job-site training and support to help you perform your job duties. These activities will be provided until you are established in your job, know your tasks and can perform them with little or no assistance.
State Selective Placement Program: The West Virginia Division of Personnel, in cooperation with DRS, has established a special position specific assessment and certification procedure for applicants with significant disabilities. Employment specialists can help you review job qualifications, assess your ability to perform the essential functions of the job and prepare you for the job interview.
Services for People who are Blind or have Low Vision:
Field Services: Individuals who want to work in an integrated job setting meet with a rehabilitation counselor who is specifically trained to provide services for their needs. Services may vary from vocational assessments, pre-vocational training, counseling and guidance, vocational guidance, job training, adaptive technology, job analysis and modifications, job placement, services to employers and much more.
Life Skills for the Blind: The Life Skills Unit for the Blind provides individualized training in a variety of pre-vocational and vocational areas. Training includes orientation and mobility, adaptive communication, domestic arts, adaptive activities of daily living, computer training with accessible technology and braille. Program content is customized to meet the specific needs of each student.
Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened and Deaf-Blind:
A wide range of services for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened or deaf-blind are available. Rehabilitation counselors for the deaf are experienced sign language users and have extensive knowledge of deaf culture, hearing loss in general and needs that are specific to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.
These specialized counselors assist clients with significant hearing losses with rehabilitation services such as counseling and guidance, vocational guidance, and assessment and training. They also provide community education and technical assistance to organizations involved with job training, job placement and employment of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Education Program: Transition services assist students to move from school to the world of work and adult life. DRS works with students, families, schools and community agencies to provide services to support a successful transition from school to work. Your DRS counselor will work with you, your family and your teachers as you develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). The IPE identifies what steps you need to take to reach your goals for meaningful employment, responsible adult life and maximum independence after completing school.
Selecting the right kind of career that matches your interest and disability can be challenging. Your DRS counselor may assist you with specialized training, adaptive equipment, job-place modifications, and/or overcoming other obstacles to employment.
For more information about these programs, visit www.wvdrs.org or call 800-642-8207.
Client Assistance Program (CAP)
The Client Assistance Program (CAP) at West Virginia Advocates can assist you in seeking and receiving services from the Division of Rehabilitation Services or a Center for Independent Living. CAP provides information, advises on rights and responsibilities, teaches self-advocacy skills, investigates complaints, advocates the resolution of problems and helps you achieve your personal vocational and employment goals. CAP also trains groups who want to know more about their rights under the Rehabilitation Act. All services are free and confidential. For more information, call 304-346-0847.