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Disability Leaders from Six Nations Meet at ECNV to Learn About the Independent Living Movement

The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) was honored to host an international panel discussion about independent living at its headquarters in Arlington, VA. The twenty-four disability rights leaders, from six different countries, were visiting the United States for the RightsNow!: Exploring the U.S. Model conference, September 17 – 24.

Metro releasses final SafeTrack Plan which will result in reduced Silver and Orange line service starting June 4th, 2016

Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld recently released the final SafeTrack plan -- a comprehensive maintenance effort that will accelerate three years worth of work into approximately one year. The plan significantly expands maintenance time on weekends, weeknights and midday hours and includes 15 "Safety Surges"--long-duration track outages for major projects in key parts of the system. The plan addresses Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety recommendations and deferred maintenance backlogs while restoring track infrastructure to good health.

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Congratulations to ECNV's 2016 LEAP Awards Winners!

ECNV would like to congratulate Hoang Phan, Oscar Cuevas, Huang Vuan, Ashley Benteler, and Stephen Snyder for being selected as this year’s LEAP awards winners. Each year, The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV), through a grant from the HSC Foundation, provides the LEAP awards to support youth and young adults with disabilities in transitioning to the next step in their lives and careers.

Support ECNV by shopping at AmazonSmile!

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to ECNV. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

ECNV / LEND Satisfaction Survey

If you have received any services from the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) or LEND, we’d like your feedback. Your input helps improve the quality of our services and ensures we are meeting your needs.

Traveling and Need a Personal Care Assistant? 

If you are traveling to the DC Metro area, ECNV can help you arrange for a Personal Assistant for your trip. Whether it be for a conference, business trip, or vacation, ECNV can help.  Contact Ruchika Lalwani at or (703) 525-3268 for more information and a PAS Registry. 
Click here to learn more about our Personal Assistant Registry

Check Out ECNV's Informational Video on Using WMATA Apps 


WMATA’s Helpful Travel Tools

ELstat - Metro's elevator status application, can notify you if elevators are in or out of service at any Metrorail stations you select for monitoring.
Trip Planner - Plan your route via bus & rail. Mobile App Here
Alerts & Advisories - Get up-to-date information on single tracking, delays, station closings and more.


Need A Wheelchair or Scooter?

ECNV has great wheelchairs, scooters, and mobility equipment available for those in need. Contact Selvin Garcia at (703) 525-3268 or for more details.

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