Disability Law Symposium

April 20, 2018

WVU College of Law - Morgantown, WV

Registration: $95 

Public Interest Attorneys: $40


This seminar is accredited for 4.0 WV MCLE credits and 3.0 PA MCLE Credits.

Friday, April 20, 2018

9:30 a.m.


10:00 a.m.

Avoiding an ADA Title I Discrimination Claim by Providing a Reasonable Accommodation

This session is a practical guide for employer’s who need to provide a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The session will cover: The basics of the ADA; An overview of Title I of the ADA; Who is protected by Title I; Who must comply with Title I; What is a reasonable accommodation; Who can ask for a reasonable accommodation (job applicants, employees, employees on leave, and former employees); and Employer requirements once a reasonable accommodation has been requested or identified.

Jeremiah J. Underhill, Legal Director at Disability Rights of WV
Disability Rights of West Virginia

10:50 a.m.

West Virginia Medicaid Waivers: Protecting Your Client’s Right to Stay in the Community  

This presentation will provide an overview of the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver program in West Virginia. Issues covered will include: Types of waivers; Applying and utilizing waiver services; Losing waiver services; Assisting clients who receive waiver services; and What you can do for your client who has lost waiver services.

Delcie Gorum, Esquire 
Disability Rights of West Virginia

11:40 a.m.


12:10 p.m.

Supported Decision Making, Advance Directives and Other Preferable Alternatives to Guardianship

The presentation will first discuss Guardianship under West Virginia law. Then we will discuss the problems that occur even when Guardians are acting in the best interest of the ward such as loss of self-determination, decision making skills, and independence. I will also present abuses that occur with guardianship orders and give specific case examples DRWV has recently handled. This will be followed by a description of alternatives to guardianship such as supported decision making, power of attorney, advanced directives, psychiatric advanced directives, healthcare surrogate, temporary guardianship, trusts and living wills.

Shawna White, Esquire 
Disability Rights of West Virginia

1:00 p.m.

Special Education Dispute Resolution

In the first half, presenter will go through the various dispute resolution options for handling special education cases. In the second half of the presentation, presenter will go into detail on the due process complaint procedure.

Erin Snyder, Esquire
Disability Rights of West Virginia

1:50 p.m.