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Now Accepting Leap Award Applications!

The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV), through a grant from the HSC Foundation, is excited to offer the 2019 LEAP awards. LEAP awards support purchases of goods and services (not covered by Medicaid or other insurance) for youth and young adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses in the Northern Virginia area. To apply, please fill out the form below and return it to ECNV no later than Friday, October 18, at 5:00 p.m. via Fax (703-525-3585) or E-mail to To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following criteria: Be between the ages of 14 and 26. Have a disability. Reside in ECNV's service area: Arlington, Fairfax, or Loudoun County or the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, or Falls Church. Not be a recipient of a LEAP Award during the last three (3) years.

ECNV's September Newsletter

In this edition, RSVP to ECNV's Annual Holiday Party! We have various social and support groups this month. We celebrate Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month with a blog post by Elizabeth Kumar. Kimberly Ha from OAR presented at ECNV. Want to earn a $25 visa card? Please see details in our newsletter.

ECNV's July Newsletter

In this edition, we celebrate National Disability Voter Registration Week and ADA 29th Anniversary on July 18. NEW support group for the blind and visually impaired sponsored by Columbia Lighthouse. Department of State international visitors from Africa join ECNV for a conference. Mark your calendar for upcoming events!

ECNV's June Newsletter 

In this edition, we discuss the importance of planning for the future. Tamara Smith from the FAA presented at ECNV. Fitbound a new inclusive community for exercise and health.Durable Medical Equipment update items are available. Various events and social group meetings will be going on in June and July so mark your calendars! 

ECNV's March Newsletter

In this edition, we meet new staff. Advocates from dLSV came to present to consumers, staff and other organizations on Paratransit Rights and Self Advocacy. Mark your calendar for various social, employment and information events for the coming months.

ECNV's February Newsletter

In this edition, we discuss various career opportunities at ECNV. We explore ECNV's durable medical equipment program and testimonials from consumers who benefited from this program. Mark your calendar for various social, employment and information events for the coming months.

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!


In the Know

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.

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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  • Cerebral Palsy Positve

    • Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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    Cerebral Palsey Positve Blog post by: Karen Pleasant   Living with CP has never hindered me from accomplishing anything I set out to do and there are no intentions of changing that. Cerebral Palsy Positive was launched out of frustration at the lack of medical knowledge beyond pediatrics. The medical community for some reason considers CP a “pediatric” condition and in the same breath defines it as a “lifelong” condition. The majority of human life is spent BEYOND the pediatric realm which to me makes it illogical that, until recently, the coexistence of the aging process & CP was ignored.

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  • Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

    • Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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    Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month By: Elizabeth Kumar, Communications Manager I remember the day well when my life changed in an instant. I was home for Thanksgiving Break after parent teacher conferences in 2004. I was only 24 years old and was a full-time classroom teacher. My parents convinced me not to drive home that night because I looked like I wasn't feeling well. It was also getting kind of dark outside and my parents were a little overprotective like most parents.  Luckily, I was home because what started off as a full blown migraine led to sharp pins and needles in my legs and finally my life changed forever. I slide down my bed trying to get up and the last movement, which I remember vividly, was lifting my right leg ever so slightly with intense effort. Instantly I was paralyzed from the chest down. My mother was a night nurse and my father was sound asleep. I tried calling for him but he did not get up. I decided to call my mother at work.  She said to call 911 and tell them to bring me to her hospital which was out of the way for the ambulance but they kindly took me there.  It took my father a little while to realize I really couldn't move.  My first thought was, how I am supposed to go back to work. I didn't have any tears for at least two weeks after my paralysis. Each year I celebrate this day. You may ask why celebrate such as day. I say everyone goes through something in their lives that makes them stronger and hopefully a better person. I celebrate my accomplishments since that day in 2004.      

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  • The Adventures of Living with a Disability, Episode IV

    • Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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    The Adventures of Living with a Disability, Episode IV By: Brad Miles ECNV Board President  Like the Star Wars saga, the storytelling begins somewhere in the middle. I remember one of my summer jobs as a teen getting fired after I had been there a week. The job was not a good fit. I worked in a hospital laundry. It was hot humid and also cold. I could have predicted I would be fired the first day. This happened when I had my hands in my pockets keeping them warm because they were cold.  My manager told me to take them out. I hindsight, he only wanted to see if my hands were clean and groomed because I was handling hospital laundry. They were clean and well groomed but cold. I hated the job because I got sick when I went to work and was exposed to humidity and cold.  I was born with an Autoinflammatory condition that I inherited from my father.  It is like an autoimmune condition.  I flare up  with different triggers like cold. It affects me in different ways. Simply said, I feel aweful when I have a flare.

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