W.Va. Disability Advocate Dies at 45

By Scott Finn 

Over the weekend, West Virginia lost one of its leading advocates for people with disabilities. Forty-five-year-old Ken Ervin died Saturday of an apparent heart attack. 

If you’ve spent much time at the state Capitol, you may have seen Ervin wheeling down the hallways – leading a protest or trying to corner a lawmaker or government official. 

But you also could find him rolling down the hallways of a nursing home. He helped dozens of disabled people move out of institutions and back into their own homes. 

As a man with cerebral palsy, that mission was very personal to him. When he was a teenager, he spent more than four years in a New Jersey institution.

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