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Mountain State Centers for Independent Living staff provide peer support and offer guidance and encouragement to individuals in making appropriate decisions regarding their day-to-day lives. [Visit peer support page.]
Advocacy is the core of our organization. We believe that by focusing on advocacy and teaching people with disabilities self-advocacy skills, our vision and mission can be achieved. [Visit the Advocacy in Action section.]
Our Community Resource Advocates are responsible for providing the five core services our centers provide. Our goal is to assist people with disabilities in becoming a self-advocate and making informed choices in managing their lives. Each of our Community Resource Advocates is able to assist our consumers with the five core services which are:
Read our Mission and Vision Statements to learn more about us.
By raising the community's level of awareness about disabilities, our centers have the unique distinction of being both a resource for individuals and an advocacy organization in the community.
If you are interested in learning more about how the services of a CIL might benefit you, please contact the West Virginia Center For Independent Living nearest you.
Mountain State Centers for Independent Living (MTSTCIL) opened the center in Huntington in 1981. In 1988 MTSTCIL expanded and opened its office in Beckley. This Web site was developed in 2000 and became the only Virtual Center for Independent Living in West Virginia in 2005.
This Mountain State Centers for Independent Living Web site was initially developed in 2000 and has continued to grow. In 2005 the Web site was named the Virtual Center for Independent Living for West Virginia. The Web site is built to be maximally accessible for use by all people with disabilities, their family, friends, employers, coworkers and advocates.
This Web site has been built in compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and all pages are considered accessible to a minimum priority one as detailed by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 created in 2008 by the Web Accessibility Initiative as published on the w3.org Web site.
You may choose to contact a specific staff member (Meet our Staff) because they are located in the center nearest you, or because they may be familiar with a particular disability or concentrate in a particular service area. It's up to you.
Any staff member that you contact will provide you with general information about the centers and spend some time discussing your interests and goals as a consumer of MTSTCIL services. Our staff will ask some basic information about you, such as name, address, phone number, age, and disability and you will be added to our mailing list. And visit the Contact Us page for more information about Mountain State Centers for Independent Living and other CILS's in the state.
How often and what type of communication you have with staff will be up to you. We encourage you to contact us and join us at any of our classes, workshops or other activities. Depending upon where you live we may even be able to provide transportation.
If you live in Cabell, Wayne, or Raleigh counties, you may are eligible to become a consumer of services at the MTSTCIL center closest to you and attend classes, workshops, and other activities at the centers. If you live in West Virginia but cannot travel to one of our centers to receive services, you can receive many of these same services right here on this Web site. Read more about our services.
In memory of those who have gone before us and helped to pave the way for all people with disabilities.