RSA-227 for FY-2016: Submission #910

Virgin Islands
9/30/2016
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands
63 Cane Carlton
63 Cane Carlton
Frederiksted
VI
00840
http://drcvi.org
(999) 999-9999
(999) 999-9999
Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands
63 Cane Carlton
63 Cane Carlton
Frederiksted
00840
Virgin Islands
info@drcvi.org
http://drcvi.org
(999) 999-9999
(999) 999-9999
Additional Information
Amelia Headley LaMont
Amelia Headley LaMont
(340) 772-1200
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
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0
0
0
2
0
2
B. Training Activities
3
50
On March 16, 2016, the CAP legal staff presented a workshop entitled, Contract Administration and Accommodations to an audience of 23 public utility employees consisting of managers and supervisors. The Virgin Islands Labor Management Committee sponsored the workshop. <p><p>On March 18, 2016, the same workshop was presented to 11 attendees consisting of managers, supervisors and Human Resources personnel. <p><p>On July 11, 2016, CAP legal staff presented a workshop to 16 attendees on the topic: The Americans with Disabilities Act/Family Medical Leave Act, Practical Guide to Reasonable Accommodations. The Virgin Islands Labor Management Committee sponsored the event. <p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
During FY 2016, the CAP has expanded its outreach capacity to underserved populations by initiating a weekly radio program that has covered a wide variety of topics that includes health, education, transitional services, and vocational rehabilitation. In 2010, the poverty rate of working age people with disabilities in the U.S. Virgin Islands was 29.4% (See, 2010 Disability Status Report-U.S. Virgin Islands, Cornell University p. 25) From that figure; we estimate an underserved population of approximately 31,164 individuals. As a result of this initiative CAP-eligible individuals are better able to receive quality information that is relevant and useful. <p><p>During the Presidents Day weekend (February 12-15, 2016), Virgin Islands CAP staff conducted their annual advocacy priority survey and provided a variety of information and learning opportunities to 434 individuals during St. Croixs Annual Agricultural & Food Fair. <p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
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0
1
500
4
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Not applicable <p><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
Information about our agency was disseminated by the territorys printed and electronic media on six occasions. The information covered such topics as mental health care reform, making air travel more accessible, and disability awareness training for law enforcement personnel <p><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
15
4
19
19
11
B. Problem areas
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2
1
5
0
0
0
1
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
4
0
1
0
3
0
8
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
1
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
2
0
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0
0
0
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2
4
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Part III. Program Data
A. Age
0
4
7
7
1
19
B. Gender
9
10
19
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
3
0
0
15
0
1
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
0
3
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
3
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
7
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
E. Types of Individuals Served
6
1
4
0
2
6
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
1
CAPs legal staff continues to be widely regarded as an expert in the field of labor relations and is uniquely positioned to educate and advocate for the rights of workers with disabilities on a systemic basis. Our reputation in that regard has this year given rise to three (3) requests from the public sector, specifically the VI Labor Management Committee, for presentations as noted in the Training and Outreach sections of this report. <p><p>
B. Litigation
0
0
0
Not applicable <p><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands
No
Not applicable
B. Staff Employed
The Virgin Islands CAP employs 3 professional positions on a part-time basis and 2 clerical positions on a part-time basis. The agency does not have a full time CAP position. The agencys 3 professional staff works at 8% of FTE and the clerical staff (2 employees) works at 8% of FTE. <p><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
G.H. is a 26-year old male with a specific learning disability and attention deficit disorder. G.H. was employed for 2 years by the North West Company International Inc., known locally as Cost-U-Less, where he performed such tasks as operating a forklift, driving a delivery truck, and restocking groceries. <p><p>A supervisor observed G.H. carrying a bottle of beer while out on a delivery route. The beer reportedly was not consumed by G.H. nor was it found inside the delivery truck. Shortly thereafter, the supervisor directed G.H. to process another order and he was terminated shortly thereafter. G.H. sought the assistance of the CAP seeking reinstatement and back pay. <p><p>The CAP represented G.H. at a Department of Labor hearing where it was determined that he was wrongfully terminated. Pursuant to an arbitration agreement, the CAP negotiated with opposing counsel for back pay and reinstatement on his behalf. His employer offered to reinstate him, but he elected to decline the offer. As a result of CAP intervention, G.H. received a back pay award. He plans to use some of his settlement money for courses at the University of the Virgin Islands. <p><p>
Certification
Approved
Amelia Headley LaMont
Executive Director
2016-11-03
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