Jan Derry has been the Executive Director of the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living, NWVCIL, since it began in 1993. In 2006 she began working in collaboration with the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services (FRIS) that resources and services available for survivors were accessible and welcoming for individuals with disabilities. One of the outcomes of the collaboration was the development of a training curriculum and tool kit for building cultural competency within the WV sexual assault response system and the disability provider network to better address the needs of victims with disabilities.
In April 2011, she was recognized by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center with the NSVRC Visionary Voice Award for her work with FRIS WV SAFE (Sexual Assault Free Environment) project. She has traveled throughout the state with FRIS providing training for all the state's Sexual assault response teams, adult protective service workers, and many disability service providers keeping the issue of sexual violence in the forefront, promoting and developing inclusive response systems. She is a member of her local Sexual Assault Response Team, SART, as well as staff from the CILs satellite office serving on their local SART. She has served as Co-Chair of NCIL's Taskforce on Violence and Abuse since 2010 and has provided workshops at both the NCIL and APRIL IL conferences.
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