2017 Disability History Essay Contest

10/6/2017

2017 Disability History Essay Contest

Dear West Virginia High School Seniors:

 

The Disability History Contest Committee is proud to announce the 2017 Disability History Essay Contest in West Virginia!  This contest is designed to provide you with an opportunity to showcase your writing skills, share what you have learned about the Disability Rights Movement, use your ability to form and express opinions, and perhaps to earn some money to help you into your future!  All high school seniors are invited to submit an entry.  Contest rules are located on the bottom of the included entry form – be sure to read them carefully and follow ALL the rules. 

 

All entries must include the completed entry form and must comply with all contest rules.   Points will be deducted for any failure to follow the rules, including failure to use “people first language.”  While federal law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, we still face barriers every day.  The development of new technology has reduced or eliminated many barriers and people with disabilities are eager access it, when cost is not a barrier.  New and promising breakthroughs in technology, including robotics, continue to attack barriers in medical care, sports, indoor/outdoor recreation, mobility, and daily living.  The essay topic this year is: 

 

“How technology has removed barriers and improved the lives of people with disabilities.”

 

The top award will be presented to the state winner, and awards may be presented to first-place and second-place entries from six Districts of our state.  The awards are as follows:

 

State Winner................................................................................. $3,000

District First Place (6)...................................................................... $1,500

District Second Place (6)................................................................. $750

 

Funding for all awards is provided through a generous grant from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services.

 

All entries must be postmarked, faxed, or emailed by October 31, 2017 and be submitted to:


WV Statewide Independent Living Council

PO Box 625                                                                                 E-mail:  kathi.young@wvsilc.org

Institute, WV 25112-0625                             or                            Fax:  304-766-4721

ATTN:  Essay Contest                                                     

 

This contest is a collaborative effort of the WV Division of Rehabilitation Services, the Statewide Independent Living Council and the State Rehabilitation Council, with cooperation from the WV Department of Education and the WV Department of Education and the Arts in recognition of WV Disability History Week.                                                                                  



Contact Information

Kathi Young
kathi.young@wvsilc.org
304-766-4721