CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Disability History Contest Committee announces the entry deadline for the 2013 Disability History Essay Contest in the state has been changed to Nov. 8. The contest is designed to provide seniors with the opportunity to showcase their writing skills, share what they have learned about the Disability Rights Movement, use their ability to form and express opinions, and perhaps to earn some money to help them in the future.
The essay topic is: "How the disability rights movement has shaped our world." All high school seniors are invited to submit an entry.
The top award will be presented to the state winner, and awards may be presented to first-place and runner-up entries from six regions of the state. The awards are as follows: State winner, $2,000; regional first place, $1,000; and regional second place, $500.
The contest is a collaborative effort of the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, the Statewide Independent Living Council and the State Rehabilitation Council, with cooperation from the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. Funding for all awards is provided through a generous grant from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services.
To obtain an entry form and for contest rules, call WVSILC at 304-766-4624 and mention the essay contest.
All entries must be postmarked, faxed or emailed by Nov. 8 and must be submitted to: WV Statewide Independent Living Council, P.O. Box 625, Institute, WV 25112-0625; Fax: 304-766-4721; or email: wvs...@wvsilc.org.