SOLICITING INTEREST for NEW MEMBERS
From the West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council:
The West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council is soliciting interest for a limited number of new members to be appointed to the Council beginning July 1, 2017. Specifically, the Council is seeking people with developmental disabilities and/or family members and will look first at applicants from under-represented areas of the State.
The Developmental Disabilities Council is a 32 member organization that was established by an Executive Order of the Governor on March 6, 1972. The Council is supported administratively by the Department of Health and Human Resources and is funded by a grant under the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (P.L. 106-402).
The Council’s mission is to assure that West Virginians with developmental disabilities receive the services, supports and opportunities they need to achieve independence, productivity, integration and inclusion into the community of their choice.
The Council consists of citizens with developmental disabilities, family members and representatives from State and private organizations concerned with the provision of services to people with developmental disabilities. Over 60% are citizen members who are appointed by the Governor for terms of up to four years.
PLEASE RETURN NO LATER THAN MARCH 31, 2017
WV Developmental Disabilities Council
110 Stockton Street
Charleston, WV 25387-2521
Phone: (304) 558-0416
Fax: (304) 558-0941
Robert “Bob” Perske, champion of the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, passed away following an illness in Darien, Connecticut on August 14, 2016. He was 89.
Early in his career, Bob served as a chaplain at Kansas Neurological Institute. He went onto serve as Executive Director of the Greater Omaha Arc and the Eastern Nebraska Office of Retardation, before becoming an advocate for people with intellectual disability in prison, supporting individuals and their attorneys in their fight for justice.