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Candidates 2018 Answers

Margaret Staggers 
(D) Fayetteville District/Circuit 32

Disability Rights

1. What initiatives would you undertake to ensure the protection of the Civil Rights of West Virginians with disabilities?

Identify the extent of the problem and craft ways to address the findings.


2. How will you ensure West Virginia state entities and businesses are in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act to prevent discrimination against West Virginians with disabilities?

Education and help with implementing compliance.


3. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act covers all activities of State and Local Governments. The Act states that:

  • No qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any public entity.
  • A public entity shall administer services, programs, and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities.  (a provision upheld by the Olmstead Decision of the US Supreme Court)
  • A public entity that employs 50 or more persons shall designate at least one employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under this part, including any investigation of any complaint communicated to it alleging its noncompliance with this part or alleging any actions that would be prohibited by this part.

How can West Virginia best uphold the Olmstead US Supreme Court decision and comply with the most integrated setting provision in Title II of the Act?

Oversite group titled Olmstead implementation and compliance. Legislative committee to report back to on a regular basis.


Medicaid

4. Do you support Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act in West Virginia?  Why?

I support Medicaid expansion; it saves lives and prevents worse problems in the future.


5. Do you support funding the Medicaid Waivers sufficiently to eliminate the waiting lists and make them accessible to those who need them? Why?

1. I support funding Medicaid waivers and suggest a brisk process of removing clients that become ineligible or die and rapid access for the next client.


 Community Services

6. What strategies will you use to ensure every West Virginian with a disability has access to a Center for Independent Living?

I do not have enough information about the location, funding source and outreach in place already and where the problems exist.


7. How will you maximize West Virginia’s access to federal funding to improve and sustain services and supports for people with disabilities?Make sure experts in government Grant applications stay current with federal Regulation and find a way to reward them for successful Grants.


8. How will you ensure FEMA funding received by West Virginia is used to meet the specific needs of survivors with disabilities following a disaster?

Protocols should be in place for each category of disability, with attention to immediate and long term needs of the Disabled.


Transportation

9. Transportation in West Virginia, especially in rural areas is a problem for anyone who doesn’t own a vehicle.  However, due to the lack of accessible transportation it is an even bigger issue for people with disabilities.  Transportation is critical to the ability of an individual to work, live, and fully participate in his/her community.

What will you do to improve access to transportation statewide for all West Virginians, including people with disabilities?

Start a program using disabled client that can drive, welfare recipients with work requirements and existing transport services, call center to dispatch transportation as needed.


Education

10.  A. How will you make sure all schools are aware of and access all transition services available for youth with disabilities?

       B. How will you enforce existing laws ensuring access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education for all youth with disabilities and ensure local school systems understand and comply with their responsibilities?

Through the Board of Education, State and County. Educate Boards to their responsibilities.


11. How will you ensure the existence of post-secondary education/training, services, and supports that facilitate all youth with disabilities becoming working, productive citizens?

Empower Vo-Tech schools to place clients appropriately


12. Although the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has been federal law since 1975, many students with disabilities are still segregated, bused to a single school in the county, or otherwise excluded from the education in the “least restrictive environment” provision of IDEA. The integration of students with disabilities into general education classrooms and activities with typical students has been shown to increase acceptance, expectations, and inclusion and to reduce fear, misunderstanding, and bullying.  What steps will you take to increase integration of all students with disabilities in schools throughout West Virginia?

Identifying and exposing areas in non-compliance and help them achieve compliance.


Employment

13. 71.3% of working age West Virginians with disabilities are not in the workforce. What steps will you take to change that?  How will you ensure all working West Virginians with disabilities are paid at least minimum wage and eliminate sub-minimum wage?

Re-education programs to allow disabled people to function safely and encourage the concept of the productive disabled citizen of our state. Re-integration as a policy and a source of pride. Equal pay for equal work.


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