People First of West Virginia 20th Annual Conference
September 4, 5, 6, 2013 at Jackson's Mill, WV
Celebrating the past, present and future of self-advocacy in West Virginia
More information coming soon!
People First Mission
To promote self-advocacy by speaking and acting on behalf of the rights and responsibilities of all people with developmental disabilities.
What is Self-Advocacy?
Self-advocacy refers to a person's ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert his/her own interests, needs, and rights.It involves making informed decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions.
Self-advocacy is understanding your strengths and needs, identifying your personal goals, knowing your legal rights and responsibilities, and communicating these to others.
Being part of a People First group means being part of a grassroots network that allows you to join with regional, state, and national advocacy groups to speak up for yourself and have YOUR voice heard.
Melissa Southall at the Capitol in Charleston, WV, during Disability Advocacy Day. Taken Feb. 27, 2013.
Visit the Allies in Self-Advocacy website to see West Virginia's team presentation at the Baltimore Summit! Click the link below:
Kevin Smith, Self-Advocate Coordinator for People First of WV, speaks on topics that affect the lives of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. A new podcast will be available each Friday. This will be an interactive broadcast as you are invited to send in questions to be answered and topics to be discussed in future podcasts.
These are youtube videos and easy to link to by clicking below:
WV YOUTH SELF-ADVOCACY CONFERENCE August 13, 2013 Best Western Plus Bridgeport Inn 100 Lodgeville Road, Bridgeport, WV 26330 Students in grades 9 - 12 or recent graduates, with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities APPLICATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON For more information call: 304-422-3151/TOLL-FREE 1-877-334-6581
For information on the programs and services provided, please contact us directly by:Address and Contact Numbers:People First of West Virginia912 Market StreetParkersburg, WV 26101Phone: 304-422-3151Toll-Free: 1-877-334-6581Fax: 304-865-2072