• Bill of Rights
    You have the right to be treated fairly and with respect and more.
  • Self-Determination
    Self-determination is an idea that includes people choosing and setting their own goals, beĀ­ing involved in making life decisions, self-advocating, and working to reach their goals.
  • Types of Advocacy
    There are three types of advocacy - self-advocacy, individual advocacy and systems advocacy. The CED is involved in all areas of advocacy for people with disabilities and their families.

West Virginia Resources

  • Fair Shake Network
    The Fair Shake Network is a West Virginia organization dedicated to advocating for disability rights and educating policymakers and the public about disability issues.
  • Legal Aid of West Virginia
    focuses its work in three broad program areas: Civil Legal Aid, Behavioral Health Advocacy, and Long-Term and Elder Care (Ombudsman).
  • People First WV
    People First is a self-advocacy organization that helps individuals with disabilities learn how to be their own best advocate.
  • WV Human Rights Commission
    The WV Human Rights Commission advocates for respect, tolerance, and mutual understanding in communities regardless of race, gender, religious persuasion, ethnicity, or disability.
  • WV DHHR: Types of Guardianship
    Guardianship does not have to be an all-or-nothing decision. If your family member needs help in some areas of life there are a range of options that let you help.
  • Disability Rights of WV
    State designated protection and advocacy program for West Virginians with disabilities. DRWV provides consultation and education services on human and legal rights.
  • Medley/Hartley Advocacy Program
    The Medley/Hartley Advocacy Program (MHAP) helps assure all active Medley and Hartley class members have behavioral health services, rehabilitation services, free and appropriate public education and individualized treatment in the most integrated setting.
  • Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology
    PAAT was created in 1994 when Congress expanded the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with disabilities Act (Tech Act). This program was formed to help individuals with disabilities obtain assistive technology devices and services.
  • Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
    Established by Congress under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance Bill of Rights (DD) Act of 1975. In 1977, the PADD program was established in West Virginia. The PADD program serves to advocate that individuals (adults and children) with developmental disabilities are afforded appropriate services in accordance with their individual needs.
  • Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights (PAIR)
    Established by Congress under the Rehabilitation Act of 1993. In 1994 WVA was designated the Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR). The PAIR program was formed to assist individuals with disabilities who were not already eligible for other advocacy programs within WVA.

National Resources