Monthly News & Updates

December 2023

2023 People First November Training

This year during November Training, we had the chance to have a representative from Mac Warner’s office to talk to the advocates on how a electronic voting machine works and how to vote on them. During the Advisory Board meeting, new bylaws were put into place as well as some being amended.

On January 16th, 2023 Following Fair Shake Networks Training there will be an Advisory Board Meeting. At this Advisory Board meeting we will be voting on food options, bylaws will be voted on, and conference themes. You can join us in person if you are attending the Fair Shake Network Training or by zoom if you cannot attend in person. The link will be available on our People First of West Virginia Facebook Page.

Click Here for the newly proposed bylaws.

Fair Shake Disability Advocacy Day 2024

Disability Advocacy Day Training will be January 16, 2023 and Disability Advocacy Day at the Capital Building in Charleston is January 17, 2023. The rally for Fair Shake is at 9:30 am on the first floor in the rotunda. The registration form is available!

Remember, while People First members are encouraged to attend, this event is run by Fair Shake network. Do not send your registration for to The Arc or People First. Return it to Fair Shake Network.

Click Here for the registration form.

A Minute With Morgan!

My name is Morgan Spicer and recently I accepted the role of Self-Advocate Coordinator as our previous coordinator stepped down due to personal reasons! I look forward to hearing from you and want all of you to know I am always a phone call away if you ever need anything! Also we love hearing your stories of self-advocacy and encourage you to either email me at or feel free to call

304-422-3151 x 129. If I am not available please leave a message as your call is very important to me! If I am not available you may also message Alexis Ullmann at or call her at 304-422-3151 Ext 114!

I look forward to serving you in the days to come!

Delicious December

December is here! Maybe you need a new idea for something to make for a Christmas Dinner or Party! I’m sure we all enjoy dinners with our families this time of year. Check out these links for some quick ideas!

For a delicious Pumpkin Puree Cake click here: Pumpkin Puree Cake

For a delicious Chicken Pesto Bake: Chicken Pesto Bake


SARTAC Fellowship

A SARTAC Fellowship is a one year self advocacy project. The project should help the fellow grow their own skills as a leader. The project might work on finding new ideas to help solve problems many people have. It must end with a report or products others can use after the project is over. The Fellows will work on their projects about 6 hours each week. SARTAC pays Fellows $5,000 to complete their projects. Six Fellows will be chosen this year.

The deadline to to apply is January 9th, 2024 at 9pm Eastern Standard Time.

Click Here to sign up

People First of WV Meetings and Events:

Meetings are held in person and on Zoom. Click Here for a list of meetings.

Check the People First Facebook page for last minute changes.


Each month, several organizations provide online webinars.

AAIDD: Click Here

Additude Mag: Click Here

AUCD: Click Here

PACER: Click Here

WVABLE: Click Here

WVU CED: Click Here

US Senators:
Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R):
Senator Joe Manchin, III (D):

US House of Representatives:

Carol Miller (R) – District 1: 

Click Here

Alex Mooney (R) – District 2:

Click Here

To find your State Representatives:

Click Here for members of the State Senate

Click Here for members of the House of Delegates

For more information, log on to

or use the contact information below:

Contact Information:


The Arc of West Virginia

People First of West Virginia

1917 Dudley Avenue

Parkersburg, WV 26101

Phone: 304-422-3151

Toll-Free: 877-334-6581

Fax: 304-865-2072