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Deadline Nears For IEP Training Day

October 14, 2010 - Other News
A free one day training on IEPs (Individualized Education Plans) and transition to work will be held on Oct. 28 at the Suncrest United Methodist Church, 479 Van Voorhis Rd, Morgantown, W.Va. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. The training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The training is sponsored by West Virginia Family Leadership First, a statewide group which supports and encourages families to speak for themselves and others, the Fair Shake Network, the West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council, and West Virginia Center for Excellence in Disabilities. Stipends are available for travel expenses for parents/family members.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and a continental breakfast will be served. The training will begin at 9 a.m. with Teresa McDonough from West Virginia Advocates giving an overview of IEPs. This workshop will also review WV Policy 2419-Chapter 5: IEP Development. McDonough has been with WV Advocates for six years. The areas of advocacy she primarily works are in education, assistive technology, and MR/DD Title XIX Waiver. She is the parent of two children, one of which has autism and is currently a junior in high school. She has navigated various programs as a parent and as an advocate, understanding the frustrations and problems families face.

Lunch will be served at noon.

At 12:30 p.m., McDonough will speak on parental rights through procedural safeguards, parental responsibilities during the IEP process, and filing of state complaints.

At 2:15 p.m., Angela Vaught from the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities will talk about Medicaid Work Incentive. The Medicaid Work Incentive (M-WIN) allows working individuals with disabilities to purchase health care coverage through Medicaid. This information is important to youth who are exiting the school system and planning to go to work and who will need health care coverage. It will also discuss Medicaid’s Personal Care Employment Support services that allow individuals to access personal assistance services in the community in order to get or keep competitive employment. Vaught has worked for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities at West Virginia University on the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) for over seven years. As a Program Development Specialist on this project, she assisted in the development of the Medicaid-Work Incentive Network (M-WIN). She continues to promote this healthcare option for workers with disabilities, and Personal Care Employment Support, for workers who require attendant care at their worksite. In the current MIG, she continues to work towards improving the employment options for people with disabilities. Vaught is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and worked with the WV Division of Rehabilitation Services for 17 years prior to her current position. She received her MS in Social Service Administration from Case Western Reserve University.

Also in the afternoon, Jennifer Tenney from the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities will speak on Benefits Planning and Work Incentives. Tenney has worked for over six years with beneficiaries of Social Security Disability benefits as a Community Work Incentives Coordinator.  She provides trainings around the subject of Social Security work incentives around the state of West Virginia as well as on a regional level.  She currently oversees three statewide employment programs for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities. She received her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from University of Massachusetts in 2003.

A wrap up and question and answer session will be held from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Door prizes will be given also. Registrations can be sent to Paul Smith, Fair Shake Network, P.O. Box 354, Institute, WV 25112. Anyone with questions can contact Paul Smith at 304-766-0061 or 800-497-4746 or by email at Requests for Alternate Formats and accommodations need to be in no later than Oct. 21.

Registration is limited to the first 50 registrations received.


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