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The CED serves as a bridge between the university and community to meet the needs of people with disabilities through research, education and service. To help meet these needs the CED educates students, families and professionals on best practices. Education and training is provided through one on one consultations, group trainings, academic coursework and mentoring.

The CED works to train students who will be working in the field of disabilities or health related careers to build a workforce that is knowledgeable about how best to serve individuals with disabilities and their families. Providing continuing education to those already in the workforce is equally important and the CED provides many professional development opportunities across the state.

The CED and many of its programs have training components related to their area of expertise. If you are interested in requesting a training, complete the Training Inquiry link at the bottom of this page and someone will contact you to follow up.

Student Training Opportunities

The CED provides a limited number of paid interdisciplinary traineeships for students at the graduate level. Some trainees receive a full or partial tuition waiver and/or stipend. These traineeships are supported by a variety of grants and special projects that allow students from specific academic disciplines such as psychology, social work, speech pathology, audiology, nutrition, occupational therapy and physical therapy to observe or participate in clinical, non-clinical and research experiences related to persons with disabilities.

The CED is also an approved site for internships for both undergraduate and graduate students in programs such as, rehabilitation counseling, social work, occupational therapy and nutrition. These are generally unpaid placements.

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Country Roads Program

The goal of the program is to prepare students with disabilities for independence by providing academic courses, social engagement and real-world work experiences. Students will live in a shared residential housing arrangement, participate in social activities across campus and receive career education and training.

More information about The Country Roads Program

Health Sciences Professional Training Opportunities

Healthcare providers strive to tailor the services they provide to the patient’s individual needs. Identifying how the healthcare delivery process might differ for individuals with disabilities is an important skill to obtain early in one’s health science training. Identifying and understanding the many factors that might influence a person with a disability’s participation, adherence, as well as the overall impact of a healthcare plan is also important to experience and obtain during one’s training.

At WVU, WVU CED partners with the WVU Health Sciences Schools to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate medical, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, and public health trainees that are designed to expose trainees to individuals with disabilities, their experiences, and those of their families. Through these opportunities, trainees learn how to work closely with patients with disabilities and their families to develop welcoming medical visits, a supportive medical home environment, and a shared medical decision making process.

WVU STEPS Center Simulation Trainings

The WVU Family Experience and Delivery of Chronic Care (DOCC) project simulation launched in the spring of 2019. The simulation experience for Pediatric and Family Medicine residents, Pharmacy, and Nursing trainees was created by parents of children with special health care needs working side-by-side with faculty to impact the way they deliver patient care. Support for this project comes from funding provided by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The Not Your Standard Patient project simulation provides third year medical students an opportunity to learn disability etiquette prior to beginning patient care. The Simulation consists of a lecture, simulated disability related cases, and personal experience discussions with a panel of professionals and individuals with disabilities.

Both of these trainings are held in the WVU Steps Center which provides experiential learning to health care professionals to improve their skills.

Professional/Community Training Opportunities

The CED provides a variety of training opportunities to professionals and community members. Continuing education units are available for counseling, nursing, psychology, social work and teaching.

Examples of CED Trainings Available:

  • Disability Etiquette & Person First Language
  • Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities 101
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Creating Accessible Documents & Presentations

The CED is a provider of Social Work continuing education units. We also strive to provide continuing education for nursing, counseling, psychology, and teachers.

Seeking Families to Educate Future Healthcare Professionals

The West Virginia Family-to-Family Health Information Center (F2F-HIC) would like to invite past and current parents/caregivers of children with special health care needs to serve as parent team members for the WVU Project DOCC (Delivery of Chronic Care). In these virtual simulations for students from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Pharmacy, trained parent team members share their caregiving experiences and their personal journey in receiving medical care. After participating in a 60-minute online WVUCED Parent Team training course, parents/caretakers will be eligible to co-facilitate with WVU faculty from the comfort of their own home in presenting live 2-hour virtual experiences for WVU learners and future medical professionals. Parent team members are provided a stipend of $60 each time they participate.

To be eligible to participate, you must:

Be a past or current parent or legal guardian of a child with a disorder that affects multiple organ systems and requires some form of life supporting equipment.

Be a resident of West Virginia

Attend a 60-minute Project DOCC parent training course

To schedule a training or get more information, contact Tina Crook, Parent Network Specialist at or call 304-860-9037.

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