CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Do you know who the state Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator is?
That's the first question on a survey sent to more than 100 state agencies across West Virginia this month to better familiarize them with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The answer is Kim Nuckles, a lawyer from Benwood, who took the position June 11.
"I plan to build this program from scratch and start out fresh with a new perspective. This survey will help me formulate a plan so that I can prioritize what's most important to the state," Nuckles said last week.
She plans to implement a statewide program to assure compliance with the federal ADA. Results from the survey are required to be returned by Aug. 1. The data will be presented by Nuckles to the state Legislature during August interims.
"This is about opening the door for people with disabilities and making sure they are able to do everything we do," she said.
Nuckles decided the survey would be her first plan of action as ADA coordinator because of a lack of awareness among agencies, their employees and members of the public when it comes to state disability laws.
"There isn't enough awareness. I wanted to say, 'Here I am. I'm accessible. If you have any questions, let's consult.' A lot of times, people don't even know who to contact for help," she said.
Nuckles said her main focus is to serve as an effective liaison between state and federal agencies and the taxpayers.