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Appalachian Center for Independent Living, Inc.
To promote the interdependence, productivity, and quality of life of individuals with disabilities through empowerment, integration, and inclusion.
A world that respects all people, values diversity and guarantees choice, freedom, personal power, equal access, and justice for all.
2023 West Virginia Disability History Essay Contest for High School Seniors
The topic for this year's essay is "Career Paths for Youth with Disabilities: The Past, Present, and Future."
This contest is a collaborative effort of the WV Division of Rehabilitation Services, the Statewide Independent Living Council and the State Rehabilitation Council, with cooperation from the WV Department of Education.
The top award will be presented to the state winner, and awards may be presented to first-place and second-place entries from six Districts of our state. The awards are as follows:
State Winner $3,250
District First Place (6) $1,750
District Second Place (6) $1,000
Information about the contest has been sent to all the schools and contacts in the state. Please help spread the word to your contacts, friends, and families of seniors in your area.
The newsletter below features the 2022 contest winners and their essays.
2023 contest information and entry form
*entries must be submitted by midnight November 30, 2022
Newsletter featuring the 2022 contest winners
Mountaineer Food Bank
Mountaineer Food Bank is the largest emergency food provider in West Virginia distributing over 16.7 million pounds annually. MFB provides food and other household items to over 450 feeding programs in 48 counties in West Virginia. These programs include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior programs, Veterans Table programs, mobile pantry programs, school food pantry and backpack programs.
To learn more about Mountaineer Food Bank, Click Here!
If you are in need of food due to the pandemic, Click Here to view where their Mobile Food Pantry will be next.