The ADA Legacy Tour is a grassroots effort uniting people across the country in celebration of the 25th anniversary. The bus travels across the country and ECNV was the only Virginia stop. View our pictures from the event.
The EXCEL! Networking Group is a monthly networking group for job seekers with disabilities led by Robert Rudney. Open to people with disabilities looking for employment, the seminars focus on job hunting skills and guest speakers have included Human Resources and employment specialists from the Smithsonian and Ernst & Young among others. EXCEL! meets the third Thursday of every month. Contact EXCEL@ecnv.org to receive emails notifications. The next meeting is on Thursday, June 18th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at ECNV.
By Brewster Thackeray, ECNV Executive Director Last year’s ECNV Annual Awards Reception was a highlight of my first year with ECNV, and I’m glad we decided to massage the successful recipe in 2015. Seeing so many advocates and community members support independent living keeps the energy of our movement and our office going. This year’s event is going to be one to remember. We are celebrating three important disability milestones: the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the 30th Anniversary of the Virginians with Disabilities Act, and the 50th Anniversary of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. To top it all off, we are honored to have Virginia State Senator Toddy Puller accept the ECNV Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of service representing the disability community.
On January 21, ECNV representatives Selvin Garcia, Brianna Gross, Ruchika Lalwani, Lenore Levin, Alexa Mavroidis, Doris Ray, Cailyn Reese, Jen Reese, Andrew Shaw, and Brewster Thackeray joined the Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living (VACIL) for Independent Living Day at the General Assembly in Richmond. This is our annual chance to advocate for legislation that will benefit our work and the people we serve in the community.
Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us at the Home for the Holidays Reception! This year's event was a night to remember. We were honored to see special guests Congressman-elect Donald S. Beyer, Jr., Arlington County Board Members Libby Garvey and John Vihstadt, Arlington County Housing Commission Chair Holly Bray, WMATA Assistant General Manager for Access Services Christian Kent, Yoshiko Dart, and President and CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Kate Roche.