Latest News

ADA Celebration Anniversary #ThanksToThe ADA

Evaluation Framework for Hospital Visitor Policies

On May 15 several disability organizations released a hospital visitor policy evaluation tool. Peoole with disabilites have increasingly have been denied the support they need to get equal access to medical treatment due to the no visitor policies in place.This toll provides stakeholders with the legal framework for required reasonable modifications to state and hospital no-visitor policies, identifies a number of criteria for evaluating visitor policies, and provides examples from state policies.

ENDependence Campaign - Help Us Reach Our Goal!

Dear Community,
ECNV’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to live independently. Our goals are to enable individuals with disabilities to improve the quality of their lives ,determine their own lifestyles, participate in all aspects of society, secure their human and civil rights, exercise self-advocacy; and ensure a system for consumer control and policy direction. We continue to provide these services during these unprecedented times.
A public health crisis like the coronavirus causes uncertainty and stress for our consumers. We need your help to enable us to continue our mission. To support those in need, ECNV is launching its Endependence Campaign to raise $20,000. 
We value your past generosity and appreciate your support during this difficult time. Your donation will have an enormous impact on our consumer’s lives as they deal with the many medical, psychological and physical barriers and constraints caused by the coronavirus. As a member of ECNV’s community your assistance will allow us to continue to provide services to those in need.
The CARES Act allows for a donation of up to $300 to be tax deductible.
There are two ways to donate:

1.Send a check made out to ECNV  to
2300 Clarendon Blvd, suite 250
Arlington, VA 22201

2.Click DONATE.
For questions, please contact or call 703-673-4496.
The ECNV Team




In the Know



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 close our offices effective March 16th 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 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 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 or

Dynamic. Diverse. Powerful.

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 if you have resources you would like to add to this list.
COVID-19 Resource List 

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.

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.



Have a question? 

Ask ECNV button


  • With Deep Gratitude for the Frontline

    • Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    • admin

    By: Ollie Cantos As we continue to come together by staying apart, we must concurrently give thanks for and to all those who keep things running even as the rest of us remain in our homes, safe and sound.  

    Read More »

  • Autism Awareness Month

    • Wednesday, April 8, 2020
    • admin

    By Alexa Marvroidis  April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2 is Autism Awareness Day. I am not myself autistic, but I have had the privilege of serving as a peer mentor to many people of all ages on the spectrum, helping with everything from practice for a first job interview to helping people learn how to take care of the daily chores and tasks they need to do to live on their own. I can think of few moments in my career at ECNV more fulfilling than seeing someone learn a skill they felt worried they might never figure out or seeing them begin to discover ideas and solutions on their own that they felt too overwhelmed to notice before.

    Read More »

  • Rare Disease Day Focus on Trigeminal Neuralgia

    • Thursday, February 13, 2020
    • admin

    By: Earnst Ilang-Ilang  This month, a special day occurs at the very end of February – no, I am not talking about the “Leap Year”, but rather: Rare Disease Day. This important day is meant to raise awareness for individuals and patients living with rare diseases, which account for 1 in 20 individuals living on Earth. Working at the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, I have been blessed to meet so many people who continue to live their lives regardless of their challenges – it is truly a testament to their character, as well as their courage to see past their circumstances and hope for better days ahead. Rare Disease Day brings significant importance to my own life, as I live with a condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia – an extremely painful neurological condition that affects the nerve that controls your face: touch, sensation, and pain – all of those attributes are controlled by the Trigeminal Nerve. Trigeminal Neuralgia also has another name: “The Suicide Disease”, due to the fact that it is one of the most painful conditions according to neurologists and pain specialists alike. I still remember the day when it first started…  

    Read More »

Upcoming Events

Social Media:

  • Facebook icon
  • Twitter icon

Member login

Not a Member? Join Today