Bring in the New Year with the ECNV Declaration! In this issue, learn about service animals, therapy animals, and emotional support animals. Find out what it takes for a dog to become a service dog. Hear from an ECNV consumer about the joy of meeting her service dog for the very first time. Finally, our travel trainer discusses what you need to know when taking your service animal on public transportation. All this and more in the January issue of the ECNV Declaration!
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The Autism Society of Northern Virginia is currently accepting applications for mini-grants that defray the out-of-pocket expenses for services and supports that are vital to the development and independence of individuals with autism. Apply by January 1, 2016. More information.
ECNV regrets to announce the passing of two disability rights leaders, Tony Young and Speed Davis. Tony Young was the ECNV Board Member Emeritus and one of ECNV's founders. Mr. Young was a great disability rights leader who dedicated his career to empowering people with disabilities. He chaired the committee that founded ECNV and was the first Executive Director. Mr. Young worked on disability employment issues as the SourceAmerica Senior Public Policy Strategist. Prior to that, he worked at United Cerebral Palsy, Inc., the American Rehabilitation Association in Washington, DC, and Open Access.
A resident of Arlington, VA, Speed Davis worked at the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor. Prior to working at ODEP, Mr. Davis served as the Acting Director of the National Council on Disability (NCD) and ran the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) for many years.
If you, your family, or friends are traveling to the Washington, DC Metro area, ECNV can arrange for a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) to meet your needs. Whether it be for a vacation, conference, or business trip, ECNV will ensure you have a quality PCA. Contact Ruchika Lalwani at RuchikaL@ecnv.org or (703) 525-3268 for pricing and information. Click here to learn more about our Personal Assistant Registry.
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.
ECNV has great wheelchairs, scooters, and mobility equipment available for those in need. Contact Selvin Garcia at (703) 525-3268 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
By Jennifer Reese, LEND Medicaid Programs Coordinator If your child is like mine, with multiple medical diagnoses, you probably have medical equipment throughout your house. As your child outgrows these what do you do with them? One local Eagle Scout candidate, Lance Larson, is collecting used, outgrown pediatric durable medical equipment and helping it find a new home.
By Jennifer Reese, LEND Medicaid Programs Coordinator This morning my seven-year-old daughter Cailyn and I packed up for a quick road trip to Richmond. She played hooky from school but it was all for a good cause.
By Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy at the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy This year has been a banner one for those of us in the disability community — and really all Americans who believe in equality and inclusion. To start, in July we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Like other pieces of civil rights legislation that came before it, this law expanded our nation's founding ideal of equality for all by prohibiting discrimination against those of us with disabilities in all aspects of community life, including employment.