Making meaningful jobs for people with disabilities a reality in West Virginia is exactly what state Delegate Dianna Graves, R- Kanawha wants and has sponsored a bill to help make it happen!
“West Virginia has one of the highest percentage based on population of people that are disabled and we are the lowest in percentage based on people that are gainfully employed,” Graves said.
Integrated employment means people with disabilities can work in their communities for a competitive wage.
West Virginian Christy Black’s 17-year-old daughter Gracie has Down syndrome. Christy, an advocate for the bill, works with the West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council.
“Society does, unfortunately, have lower expectations about what a person with a disability can or can’t do,” Black said.
She said Gracie worked at a store in Culloden, the community where she lives. Through working there, Gracie found out she enjoys flowers but also found out a lot of things about herself, too.
“She also found that guess what? ... She wants to work, she wants to get married, she wants to build a house, she wants everything that everybody else wants,” Black said.
With the bill’s passage, Christy’s work begins to educate the public about what people with disabilities can do and to change expectations so thousands with disabilities like her daughter Gracie can be in their communities doing what they love.
If you live in West Virginia and are between the ages of 16-35 you can earn a $100 Savings Bond for getting vaccinated. Governor Jim Justice was quoted on saying, "Our kids today probably don't really realize just how important they are in shutting this thing down," Justice said. "I'm trying to come up with a way that's truly going to motivate them — and us — to get over the hump."
Do you think more states should offer this type of incentive for vaccination? Would it incentivize you to get your jab?
McDonald’s restaurants across the Lexington, KY region are planning to hire 560 new employees beginning in the month of April.
This comes as part of a collaborative effort between McDonald’s restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Eastern Tennessee and Western Pennsylvania to hire nearly 10,000 workers in total!!
Why work there?
Working at McDonald's offers YOU a chance to learn transferable soft skills such as teamwork, customer service, accountability, and communication in a safe and respectful environment.
Worried about COVID?
McDonald’s restaurants have also implemented nearly 50 COVID-19 safety procedures to protect crew and customers. These include wellness and temperature checks, social distancing floor stickers, protective barriers at order points and more.
How to apply
Job seekers can visit the working at McDonald's page here on Jobcase to learn more, OR text the word “APPLY” to 36453 to get started.
As part of his regular COVID-19 briefing Monday, Gov. Jim Justice announced that more West Virginians with pre-existing medical conditions and all essential workers regardless of age will be eligible to receive the COVID vaccine.
Justice said all residents over the age of 16 will be able to get the vaccine with certain medical conditions as well as all essential workers of all ages will be vaccinated.
“I’m announcing again that we are now expanding our list for pre-existing medical conditions to be eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. All adult West Virginians, over 16 years of age will be eligible,” Justice said. “We’re also going to begin vaccinating essential workers of all ages. We still encourage all West Virginians to pre-register through our system. But if you can’t and you’re having trouble and everything is getting worse, just call us and we’ll make it all become a reality.”
Sixteen years old is the youngest age authorized by the FDA for a vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for 18 years of age and older.
Way to go West Virginia standing up for your people and making sure if they want a vaccine they have access too one!
Interested in relocating to West Virginia for work? Check out this helpful info!
A new home healthcare agency facility is now open and hiring in Wheeling, West Virginia!
Village Caregiving first opened its doors in southern West Virginia back in 2013. with only one employee but has grown to include over 800 people in four different states. They recently opened an office in Wheeling and are in need of caregivers.
To apply or for questions, you can reach out directly to executive director Tiffany Jones at (304) 830-5983 or visit the Village Caregiving website!