By: Jill Jacobs, Executive Director
I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to our community which includes our consumers, partners and sponsors. We couldn’t be more thankful. We appreciate you for supporting the mission of ECNV through the years. I am especially grateful to take on this new position of Executive Director. ECNV is close to my heart because many years ago I came to this organization to help me advocate for my daughter when she was denied entry into the regular school system due to her disability. I am excited to work with people with disabilities to help expand our mission and create a world in which there are no limits to what we can do. I wanted to also show my gratitude to our wonderful staff and board members who have helped me to transition into my new role. We are very excited about 2021, and are looking forward to what is to come!
Thank you for being part of our mission and I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season.
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Due to recent developments regarding the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) and the potential health risk this poses to our consumers and staff, the Executive Board of Directors of the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) and LEND voted to close our offices effective March 16th 2020 until further notice. To reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, all in person events have been cancelled. ECNV will reassess the situation to decide when to reopen our offices.
Even though our offices will be closed, we will still serve our consumers to the best of our ability. Please go to our website ecnv.org to contact staff for services via email or work cell. We will continually update our medicaid services page to bring you information regarding these services as we receive them from DMAS. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for general questions and concerns. This has been a difficult decision but our highest priority is keeping the community safe to stop the spread of this virus. We thank you for your understanding.
For information about COVID-19 and how you can stay safe, please visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/ or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
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We are all in this together. Our team at ECNV is continuing to stay connected with each other, our consumers and partners. We have a working document to bring you up to date resources during this pandemic. Please email email@example.com if you have resources you would like to add to this list.
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.
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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.
Blog by: Pansy Walker , Medicaid Programs Coordinator The Month of November is known as Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Former President Ronald Reagan made November the designated month in 1983 and it is still recognized today. During November, there are many observances that include fundraisers, tips for healthy aging, Alzheimer's information that is now downloadable, “memory walks,” and so much information and resources for caregivers. Please note the resources listed below for more information on where to find information and what you can do to be a part of Alzheimer's Awareness Month. There are many stages to Alzheimer's and there are current treatments to focus on maintaining the mental function, behavioral actions and ways to slow or delay the progression of the disease.
By: Michelle Williams and Pansy Walker The Young Adult Social group started in September 2019 for Western Fairfax and Loudoun Counties serving those with disabilities from the ages of 18-30. Participants voted on and named the group Young Adult Knights. The focus and purpose of the group is to provide and facilitate opportunities for socialization among peers. The group helps those who struggle with anxiety, depression to stay connected and positive. We have participation from Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, Fauquier Counties along with the cities of Falls Church, Fairfax and Alexandria. A natural outcome has been friendships, bonds and connections developing within the group structure and flowing over into the daily lives of participants. There are more than 50 group participants in Young Adult Knights.
By: Eizabeth Kumar Did you know September is spinal cord injury awareness month? The US Senate designated this month for SCI to bring awareness to education, better treatment and prevention. My injury happened in November 2004. I just started by second year teaching 5th grade and during Thanksgiving break my life changed forever. Since then I learned a lot about disability rights, my rights. I also met amazing people in our community. This month is the time to bring awareness to the daily challenges people with spinal cord injury face from getting equal treatment when it comes to employment, preventing pressure ulcers from sitting in the chair to being able to travel comfortably like everyone else. Simple tasks can be challenging but conquering those challenges turns into independence and peace of mind. Through blood, sweat and tears, I have met most of my goals and I continue to push myself though patience and understanding. I believe we all have challenges in this life that may not be obvious to all; it is how we deal with these challenges that help us grow as human beings. Some general statistics for people with SCI according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center include: