(By Senators Stollings, Kessler (Mr. President), Unger, Snyder, Jenkins, D. Hall, Laird, Prezioso, Williams and McCabe)

Designating February 27, 2013, as "Disability Advocacy Day".
     Whereas, There are more than 400,000 West Virginians with disabilities; and
     Whereas, People with disabilities have the right to live, work and fully participate in their communities and realize their dreams; and
     Whereas, People with disabilities have the right
to equal opportunity to live full productive lives as valued citizens in the community of their choice; and
     Whereas, People with disabilities have the right to receive supports they need to exercise self determination, achieve independence and become productive employees in the workplace; and
     Whereas, West Virginia's citizens with disabilities have banded together in a collective group, called the Fair Shake Network, to help bring their concerns to the forefront of public awareness; and
     Whereas, The Fair Shake Network has developed a statewide network concerned with all types of disabilities and all age groups, providing opportunities for people to learn from each other and take action together; and
     Whereas, The Fair Shake Network has become a credible source of information for policymakers, advocates and the public on policies and programs that impact people with disabilities; and
     Whereas, Such organizations as the Appalachian Center for Independent Living, Mountain State Centers for Independent Living, Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living
, West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council, West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council, West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, West Virginia Parent Training and Information Project, West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities, Upper Potomac Area Agency on Aging, West Virginia Alliance for Sustainable Families, Van Lifts Unlimited, West Virginia Human Rights Commission, Job Squad, Autism Training Center, West Virginia State Rehabilitation Council, West Virginia Mental Health Consumers Association, West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and West Virginia Advocates have joined together to help increase public awareness of issues involving the many concerns of West Virginians with disabilities; and
      Whereas, The purpose of Disability Advocacy Day is to increase the awareness and understanding of legislators, administrators, policymakers and the public of the public policy issues that are important to people with disabilities; therefore, be it
     Resolved by the Senate:
     That the Senate hereby designates February 27, 2013, as "Disability Advocacy Day"; and, be it
     Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate representatives of the Fair Shake Network.