RSA-227 for FY-2017: Submission #967

Virgin Islands
9/30/2017
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)
2
0
0
1
0
0
3
B. Training Activities
2
43
During this reporting period, the Virgin Islands CAP in collaboration with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) presented employment rights workshops on the islands of St. Croix and St. Thomas. Those in attendance were direct service providers, VR workers, and potential workers with disabilities all of whom learned about the rights of workers under the Rehabilitation Act, the egregious provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act as it relates to workers with disabilities, and the rights of workers under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On November 15 and 17, 2016, Virgin Islands CAP in conjunction with NDRN hosted two screenings of the Rooted in Rights documentary film, &ldquo;Bottom Dollars&rdquo; to an audience of approximately 43 individuals. The film exposes the financial exploitation of workers with disabilities and advocates for fair pay and equitable treatment and for the repeal of Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act that legally sanctions the payment of sub-minimum wages to workers with disabilities. <p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
Over the (3) three-day President&rsquo;s Day Weekend 2017, CAP staff along with representatives from the Northeast ADA Center, Cornell University disseminated hundreds of employment-related information at the territory&rsquo;s Annual Agricultural Fair. Individuals who visited our display booth participated in an informal ADA quiz. The annual fair is a very popular event that is attended by hundreds of individuals representing the unserved, underserved minority communities. At that outreach event, the CAP staff interacted with a total of 416 individuals. <p><p>The Virgin Islands P&A had sponsored weekly Ability Radio programs, that ran every Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. on 107.9 FM-DaVybe. During this reporting period CAP staff interviewed and aired two radio broadcasts with Joseph Zesski, Program Manager of Cornell University&rsquo;s Northeast ADA Center. During the interview Mr. Zesski, who is blind, talked about his work and how people with disabilities can perform successfully in the workforce. The radio broadcasts were aired on February 25 and April 15, 2017, with a reach of 210,810 impressions. <p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
2
0
0
500
3
0
<P><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
Not applicable <p><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
9
9
18
1
1
B. Problem areas
1
3
1
4
1
1
1
1
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
10
0
1
0
0
0
11
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
1
2
0
2
0
1
0
0
2
3
0
0
<P><p>
E. Results achieved for individuals
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
4
2
0
Not applicable <p><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
1
4
4
8
1
18
B. Gender
9
9
18
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
3
0
1
14
0
0
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
0
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
9
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
E. Types of Individuals Served
3
2
3
1
2
7
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
1
Over a three (3) week period, September of 2017, hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed the environment and infrastructure of the U.S. Virgin Islands. In the wake of those storms and at the request of the Virgin Islands Departments of Labor, Human Services, VI Housing Authority, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), CAP staff has provided training and direct assistance for hurricane survivors and displaced workers. CAP staff has assisted individuals with their applications for FEMA assistance, and has undertaken a variety of activities on behalf of the Virgin Islands Disaster Recovery Task Force in conjunction with FEMA&rsquo;s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination. The Virgin Islands P&A is the host of weekly teleconferences of the Disaster Recovery Task Force. CAP staff activities include disseminating disaster recovery information, and collecting data from displaced workers and people with disabilities so that they can qualify for food and water, emergency unemployment assistance, durable medical equipment, medicine, home repair assistance and other emergent needs. During these times of crisis, CAP activities has impacted favorably on other agencys' practices because they have come to rely upon the CAP as a reliable partner for providing a venue and personnel in support of the disaster relief effort. <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 three (3) professional positions on a part-time basis and two (2) support staff positions on a part-time basis. The agency does not have a full-time CAP position. The agency's 3 professional staff works at 8% FTE and the support staff (2 employees) works at 8% FTE. <p><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
C.S. is a 31-year-old male with a disability his elbow and arm do not fuse together, a metal pin needs to be surgically implanted in order for C.S. to regain mobility in the affected arm. Before his impairment, C.S. was employed as a full time cook. Because he does not have the use of his right arm he is now unemployed and in constant pain. <p><p>In May of 2017 C.S. contacted DRCVI seeking advocacy services. C.S. desperately wants to return to work. <p><p>C.S. was advised of his rights as a patient with an orthopedic impairment including the right to obtain a copy of his medical records and his right to find another doctor to review his situation and get a second opinion.. <p><p>Most importantly, C.S. was advised that because he is unemployed he may be eligible for Medicaid through the Department of Human Services and that he may also be eligible for compensation from the Criminal Victims Compensation Program since his disability was a result of a gunshot wound. As a result of CAP intervention, C.S. applied for Vocational Rehabilitation Services with the knowledge to self-advocate for a return to gainful employment.<p>
Certification
Approved
Amelia Headley LaMont
Executive Director
2017-11-20
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