Monthly News & Updates

June 2023

People First Conference

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. The keynote speaker will be Julian Wang a self-advocate and Peer Advocate for The Arc of Lorimar County in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Classes as chosen by the People First Advisory Board will include First Aid, Depression, Anxiety and Self-Care, What if you have been hacked?, Growing Your Self Advocacy Skills, Future Planning, Independence, Fire Safety, Health and Fitness, Improvisation, Cooking, Photography & Videos, Sign Language, Art Class, Going to a counselor, The differences people have.

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

Please register online by clicking HERE. 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 May episode of Legislative Matters NOW! with M&M premiered on May 31st. In this episode, Melissa Southall and Morgan Spicer talk to Seth DiStefano with the WV Center on Budget and Policy and returning to the Advocate in Action Segment to talk about new things happening in her life is Becky Spaulding. 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.

Wild and Wonderful

West Virginia June

Although people across the country still refer to West Virginia was “Western Virginia”, West Virginia was officially admitted as its own U.S. state on June 20, 1863. The area that comprises West Virginia was originally part of the British Virginia Colony (1607–1776) and the western part of the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia (1776-1788), and state of Virginia (1788–1863). Western Virginia became sharply divided over the issue of secession from the Union, leading to the separation from Virginia, and formalized by West Virginia’s admittance to the Union as a new state in 1863. West Virginia was one of five Civil War border states.

West Virginia’s nickname is known as the “Mountain State” due to its landscape being largely covered by the Appalachian Mountains. On March 7, 2014, the West Virginia Legislature approved a resolution to make “Take Me Home, Country Roads” an official state song of West Virginia, alongside three other pieces. The rights to the song was purchased by the WV State Tourism office in 2017.

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