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ECNV's October Newsletter is Here!

In this edition, we celebrate National Disability Awareness month with a blog post from one of our newest staff member, Earnst Ilang-Ilang. A representative from Ablenow will share how to save money and still keep benefits. People. Animals. Love visits ECNV's social group.

Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Hargan visits ECNV! 

HHS Secretary Hargan and ACL Administrator Lance Robertson met with staff and consumers of ECNV, In Now an the DC CIL to learn about how centers for independent living helped them tranistion to the community, find employment, housing and much more. Some of our consumers who were featured in this video spoke about how ECNV changed their lives with services such as peer mentoring, travel training and advocacy . Find out more in this article about how ECNV has helped changed the lives of these consumers!


ECNV Staff Attend 2018 NCIL March and Conference

It was an honor for ECNV staff to partake in the 2018 National Council on Independent Living Annual Conference in Washington DC. The weeklong conference included numerous meetings and workshops regarding the Independent Living Movement, as well as a march on the Capital to fight for the rights of people with disabilities!

ECNV's July/August Newsletter is Here!

In this edition, we discuss our efforts to help blind students in transition, as well as ECNV's involvement in the 2018 NCIL Conference and March on the Capital. Our Outreach Coordinator Tracee, Garner also writes her views on the banning of straws and how it affects people with disabilities.

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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.

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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  • The Journey of Self-discovery: Agency and Wholeheartedness

    • Wednesday, October 3, 2018
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    This introductory blogpost is penned by Earnst, one of our newest members at ECNV. As a formal mental health clinician, he describes the importance of taking charge of one's destiny despite adversity. He also shares his own personal struggle and disability, in an effort to inspire others to forge their own path.

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  • "In Your Wildest Dreams"

    • Wednesday, August 1, 2018
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    By ECNV Volunteer, James Potthast: A career is a life changing path. It can be a way to find your purpose and network with other people as well. As a person with a disability, there will be many hurdles to face on the path of chasing your dream. Other people will doubt your abilities, your understanding, and your independence. However, one thing you can control is belief in yourself and overcoming fear and self-doubt.

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  • Helping Hand, Not Hand Holding

    • Tuesday, May 1, 2018
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    Written by ECNV Volunteer, James Potthast: My experience with my parents has been one of growth and evolution. I needed a teacher, and they provided. I needed a companion, and they provided. I needed nutritional support, and they provided. Throughout my life my parents have provided me with all of my opportunities. I am appreciative of all their support, and now I am ready to be more independent. I would like to care for myself. I see my future including a meaningful career and independent living. Because of all their support, I have the ability to freely express my thoughts to them through my letter board. I have been able to share with them my goals to be an independent adult. I know it will not be easy, but they are supporting me in this journey.

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