Monthly News & Updates

July 2023

People First Conference

Julian Wang will be the Keynote Speaker for the 30th Annual People First of West Virginia Self-Advocacy Conference will be held in person at Jackson’s Mill 4-H Camp from September 6 through 8th, 2023.

Julian was born in Hong Kong, China, where he was raised for 14 and a half years. He and his family then moved to Lee’s Summit, Missouri period. While in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Julian graduated high school from Lee’s Summit high school in 2011. Julian and his family moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, and have set up roots there. Julian, through his lived experience is a strong advocate for those living with disabilities to advocate for themselves. Julian has been connected with the arc of Larimer County for many years in many different roles from volunteer board of directors to being a current staff member as the peer advocate. 

Julian has served as president of speaking for ourselves Colorado and people first in Larimer County. Julian is also a member of SARTAC fellowship 2019-2020 and SARTAC Advisory Youth Choice, Youth Voice, is in the book “30 Years of Living With a Disability”, disability and people first speaking for ourselves, Colorado, Julian is excited for the opportunity to partner with individuals living with disabilities and their families to teach self-advocacy, Julian believe that technology can be a strong tool and self-advocacy in his free time Julian enjoys traveling, playing basketball, spending time with family and attending church.

For a flyer with all of the information, Click Here.

Please register online by clicking HERE. THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS JULY 21, 2023.

A paper registration form can be obtained if need be. To get a paper form, please contact Alexis Ullmann at:

Legislative Matters Now! with M&M!

The June episode of Legislative Matters NOW! with M&M premiered on June 28th. In this episode, Melissa Southall and Morgan Spicer talk to Susan Given, Executive Director of Disability Rights of West Virginia and Morgan’s twin brother Michael Spicer is the June Advocate in Action. You can watch this episode or any past episode on the People First Youtube Page. Just Click Here to watch!

If you would like to be a guest on the show for either segment, contact Melissa and Morgan at: 304-422-3151 or email or

How Do You Advocate?

You’re invited to share your stories of advocating for yourself or others by creating a video, writing a story or call us on the phone. We want to know how you are using the self-advocacy skills that you learn from People First so we can share them with others!

Email your stories or share a link to your video to: or call 304-422-3151.

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.

Opportunities to Give Back

You are invited to give back to your community through joining boards and committees or volunteering with a group. There is a list of different groups throughout West Virginia on the People First Web Page. For more information: Click Here

COVID-19 and Vaccine Resources

For resources on Covid-19 including related Local, State and Federal resources.


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