BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – The Mountain State Centers for Independent Living help local people with disabilities learn how to live independently, and they have also had to adapt their practices during this time.
The centers are teaching their consumers to use social platforms like Zoom and Facebook Messenger to communicate and still participate in their life skills classes.
Community Resource Facilitator Kelly Elkins says the fact that businesses are doing curbside and online services have been useful for their consumers but points out that this is something that could have helped the disability community all along.
“It’s nice now that these options are now becoming available, but it’s very sad that it has been a pandemic that has led to this. But you know, these are accessibility features that not just help the disability community, but they help everyone,” Elkins said.