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Artists of diverse perspectives to be honored Sept. 3

In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services has sponsored a juried art exhibit featuring 36 works by West Virginia artists. The 2014 Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest and Exhibition opens with a reception at 2 p.m. Sept. 3 in the Balcony Gallery of the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, calling attention to disability employment issues and celebrating the many and varied contributions of American workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "My disability is one part of who I am."

Winners of the art contest will be announced at the reception and posted here thereafter, along with an exhibit catalog that includes images of all the entries. The event is open to the public. The exhibit will remain in the Balcony Gallery throughout October.

Read the complete news release here.

Get ready to work!

Michael counsels a student about career choices.

Michael, who once sought assistance from DRS, now works as a school counselor providing similar assistance to students.

The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) helps people with disabilities establish and reach their vocational goals. The primary goal for all DRS clients is to become productive working citizens.

Economic impact in West Virginia

During the last fiscal year, DRS provided vocational rehabilitation services to 14,554 West Virginia citizens. DRS helped 2,589 clients obtain employment in this fiscal year. When these individuals came to DRS, their average annual earnings totaled $31,891,652. After receiving vocational rehabilitation services, their total average earnings rose to $62,965,812. This amounts to a 100 percent increase in the total average earned income of these hard-working West Virginians.

Earnings increased 100 percent on average after FY2014 VR assistance
Earnings at application before$31,891,652
Earnings after rehabilitation after$62,965,812

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