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Diversifying Perspectives 2016 Exhibit Catalog and Program2016 Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest winners announced

Charleston, W.Va. (Sept. 7, 2016) — The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) announces the 2016 Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest and Exhibition award winners. Read the full story

2016 Diversifying Perspectives Art Exhibition opening announced

Charleston, W.Va. (Sept. 1, 2016) — The 2016 Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest and Exhibition will open with a reception at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Great Hall of the Culture Center.

The exhibit will be on display in the Balcony Gallery and features original artwork created by people with disabilities. Read the news release

Public comment sought on workforce plan

Draft proposal of West Virginia's Unified Stategic Workforce Development PlanThe West Virginia Workforce Development Board is seeking public comment on the draft Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan required by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

West Virginia residents are asked to study the plan and submit comments to the WV Workforce Development Board before 5 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2016.


Public comment sought on FY 2016 State Plan for VR

Charleston, W.Va. (Dec. 21, 2015) – The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services is seeking public input on the Draft FY 2016 Vocational Rehabilitation Section of the WIOA State Plan.

The Division will hold two public meetings to give West Virginia residents the opportunity to provide input on the Draft FY 2016 Vocational Rehabilitation Section of the WIOA State Plan. Read the news release

Diversifying Perspectives 2015 Art Contest winners announced

Charleston, W.Va. (Sept. 3, 2015) – The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) announces the 2015 Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest and Exhibition award winners.

The Grand Exhibitor is Greg Siegwart from Wheeling for his colored pencil drawing titled "1865." ... Read the news release

Diversifying Perspectives 2014 Art Contest winners announced

Charleston, W.Va. (Sept. 16, 2014) – The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) announces the 2014 Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest and Exhibition award winners. ... Read the news release

Art exhibit honors diverse perspectives

Charleston, W.Va. (Sept. 12, 2014) – The 2014 Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest and Exhibition will open with a reception at 2 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Balcony Gallery of the Culture Center.

The exhibit features original artwork created by people with disabilities.

The show will remain on display through the month of October in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "Expect. Employ. Empower." ... Read the news release.

Free smoke alarms available to West Virginians who are deaf or hard of hearing

West Virginia homeowners who are deaf or hard of hearing can obtain free accessible smoke alarms from the West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WVCDHH).

The West Virginia Accessible Smoke Alarm Project (ASAP) is distributing accessible smoke alarms to eligible individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in order to provide a higher level of safety in the homes of these individuals. ... Read the full story.

Kmart, three others, named exemplary Charleston District employers

Charleston's Kmart store was honored along with three other local businesses in October 2013 by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Other distinguished employers named in the district were:

  • Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston
  • Mountain State Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Huntington
  • Smith's Foodfair, Elkview

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Walmart, four others, named exemplary Clarksburg District employers

Clarksburg's Walmart store was honored along with four other local businesses in October 2013 by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Other distinguished employers named in the district were:

  • Morgantown Orthotic & Prosthetic Center, Inc., Morgantown
  • Hall Neighbors’ House, Buckhannon
  • Benchmark Hospitality of Stonewall Resort, Roanoke
  • Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis

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Moundsville's Ace Hardware, two others, named exemplary Wheeling District employers

The Ace Hardware store in Moundsville was honored along with two other local businesses in October 2013 by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Other distinguished employers named in the district were:

  • Foodland, Parkersburg
  • Kmart, Weirton

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Food Lion, four others, named exemplary Beckley District employers

The Food Lion supermarket in Beckley was honored along with four other local businesses in October 2013 by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Other distinguished employers named in the district were:

  • Wobo Used Motor Sales & Repairs, Inc., Oak Hill
  • Wendy's, Summersville
  • Kmart, Bluefield
  • Foodland, Marlinton

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Kimball Walmart, two others, named exemplary Huntington District employers

Walmart, in Kimball, McDowell County, was honored along with two other local businesses in October 2013 by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Other distinguished employers named in the district were:

  • Mingo County Board of Education, Williamson
  • Pullman Plaza Hotel, Huntington

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Glory Days Grill, three others, named exemplary Martinsburg District employers

Glory Days Grill, of Ranson, and three other local businesses were honored in October 2013 by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Other distinguished employers named in the district were:

  • County Pride Foods, Romney
  • West Virginia Division of Highways, Burlington
  • Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, Moorefield

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Transition Services: A report by the State Plan and Program Evaluation Unit of WVDRS

Serving transitioning youth with disabilities (TY) is a high priority for the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, evidenced by a high percentage of TY consumers and a high rehabilitation rate. Since federal fiscal year 2007, WVDRS has exceeded national averages for combined agencies in percentage of TY consumers relative to all consumers. WVDRS also has maintained, since FY 2007, a rehabilitation (employment) rate of all its TY applicants of at least 64.3%. In FY 2011, WVDRS held a rehabilitation rate of 68.4%, substantially higher than the average rate of 52.9% held by WVDRS’ peer group (Colorado, Maryland, Mississippi, and Oklahoma), as defined by RSA, and 52.8% for all combined agencies in the nation. This success comes despite the harsh effects of recent economic recession.

iCanConnect to provide assistive technology for deaf-blind West Virginians

West Virginia Assistive Technology Systems (WVATS) and West Virginia SenseAbilities are pleased to announce the establishment of iCanConnect West Virginia, a program established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to distribute a wide array of assistive technology to people with combined hearing and vision loss who require special equipment to make a phone call, send an email or access the Internet.

Six exemplary employers named in Martinsburg District

"Distinguished Employer" awards were presented in Martinsburg on May 31, 2012 to recognize strong local partnerships with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, the state’s primary employment resource for people with disabilities who want to work.

Area businesses recognized are:

  • Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg
  • Glory Days Grill, Ranson
  • West Virginia Weight and Wellness, Inc., Martinsburg
  • Federal Express Smart Post, Martinsburg
  • American Red Cross, Kearneysville
  • T.J. Maxx, Martinsburg

Six exemplary employers named in Beckley District

"Distinguished Employer" awards were presented in Beckley on May 14, 2012 to recognize strong local partnerships with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, the state’s primary employment resource for people with disabilities who want to work.

Area businesses recognized are:

  • The Resort at Glade Springs, Daniels
  • Dr. Kelly Pitsenbarger, M.D., Beckley
  • Ashley Food Pride, Union
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter, MacArthur
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter, Princeton
  • Value Plus, Oak Hill

Six exemplary employers named in Huntington District

"Distinguished Employer" awards were presented in Huntington on May 2, 2012 to recognize strong local partnerships with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, the state’s primary employment resource for people with disabilities who want to work.

Area businesses recognized are:

  • West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Huntington
  • Griffith & Feil Pharmacy, Kenova
  • Logan Regional Medical Center, Logan
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar Restaurant, Barboursville
  • Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Williamson
  • Williamson Memorial Hospital, Williamson

Six exemplary employers named in Charleston District

"Distinguished Employer" awards were presented in May 2012 to six Charleston District employers recognizing strong local partnerships with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, the state’s primary employment resource for people with disabilities who want to work.

Area businesses recognized were:

  • United Structural Systems Ltd., Inc., Charleston
  • Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston
  • West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Charleston
  • Kmart, Charleston
  • Foodland, Spencer
  • Smith's Foodfair, Elkview

Five exemplary employers named in Wheeling District

"Distinguished Employer" awards were presented in May 2012 to five Wheeling District employers, recognizing strong local partnerships with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, the state’s primary employment resource for people with disabilities who want to work.

Area businesses recognized were:

  • Bureau of the Public Debt, Department of the Treasury, Parkersburg
  • Open Hands Seed Project, The Mentor Network/REM Community Options, Paden City
  • Ponderosa, Calcutta, Ohio
  • McDonald's, Weirton
  • Trinity Medical Center West, Steubenville, Ohio

Four exemplary employers named in Clarksburg District

"Distinguished Employer" awards were presented in May 2012 to four Clarksburg District employers, recognizing strong local partnerships with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, the state’s primary employment resource for people with disabilities who want to work.

Area businesses recognized are:

  • Kmart, Morgantown
  • Capital Doors, Inc., Fairmont
  • Aegis Communications Group, Fairmont
  • Eastern Pet Supply Outlet, Bridgeport

Six West Virginians celebrated for vocational success

Charleston, W.Va. (Oct. 22, 2011) — Six hard-working West Virginians were honored Oct. 20 for exemplary vocational rehabilitation through the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services. The annual Ability Works Awards honor one outstanding candidate from each of the agency’s six districts, coinciding with National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

DRS Charleston honors Center Hardware, St. Albans

Charleston, W.Va. (Sept. 23, 2011) — Center Hardware, Inc., located in St. Albans, W.Va., received recognition as the Charleston District Employer of the Year from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) at an Employer Recognition Banquet at Stonewall Resort on September 22, 2011.

DRS Clarksburg honors Harrison County Board of Education

Charleston, W.Va. (Sept. 23, 2011) — Harrison County Board of Education, located in Clarksburg, W.Va., received recognition as the Clarksburg District Employer of the Year from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) at an Employer Recognition Banquet at Stonewall Jackson Resort on September 22, 2011.

DRS Wheeling honors Westbrook Health Services

Charleston, W.Va. (Sept. 23, 2011) — Westbrook Health Services, Inc., located in Parkersburg, W.Va., received recognition as the Wheeling District Employer of the Year from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) at an Employer Recognition Banquet at Stonewall Resort on September 22, 2011.

DRS Beckley honors A Place to Grow Children's Center

Charleston, W.Va. (Sept. 23, 2011) — A Place to Grow Children's Center, located in Oak Hill, W.Va., received recognition as the Beckley District Employer of the Year from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) at an Employer Recognition Banquet at Stonewall Resort on September 22, 2011.

DRS Huntington honors Walgreen's of Barboursville

Charleston, W.Va. (Sept. 23, 2011) — Walgreens, located in Barboursville, W.Va., received recognition as the Huntington District Employer of the Year from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) at an Employer Recognition Banquet at Stonewall Resort on September 22, 2011.

DRS Martinsburg honors Kohl's as exemplary employer

Charleston, W.Va. (Sept. 23, 2011) — Kohl's, located in Ranson, W.Va., received recognition as the Martinsburg District Employer of the Year from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) at an Employer Recognition Banquet at Stonewall Resort on September 22, 2011.

DRS identifies, mentors future leaders

Charleston, W.Va. (March 9, 2011) — The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is paving the way for its future through its Emerging Leadership Program, a nine-month management and leadership skills development program for DRS employees. This program is designed to develop and prepare qualified candidates for future management and leadership positions within DRS.

"As long-term employees leave DRS through retirement, it is imperative that we take proactive steps to preserve critical knowledge about the agency and the vocational rehabilitation program and to ensure business continuity at all levels of the agency," said Education and the Arts Cabinet Secretary Kay Goodwin. "We want to prevent gaps in knowledge, expertise and leadership experience and I am genuinely delighted and appreciative that an agency in my department has taken the initiative to develop such a worthwhile training experience as part of its succession planning goals."