• Disability Leaders from Six Nations Meet at ECNV to Learn About the Independent Living Movement

  • ECNV staff had a fantastic time celebrating the holiday season with consumers and supporters during our 2017 Annual Holiday Celebration!

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ECNV's May/June Newsletter is Here!

In this issue, Communications Manager Amir Rahimi talks about ECNV's EXCEL Employment Workshops and why he loves helping people with disabilities find employment. Elizabeth Kumar tells us why she decided to launch the Connect4 Social Group for Young Adults with Disabilities. And finally, our volunteer James Ptthast speaks about chasing his "Dream' career.    

The 2018 LEAP Awards Application is Now Open

ECNV is excited to offer the 2018 LEAP Awards. LEAP support purchases of goods and services (not covered by Medicaid or other insurances) for youth and young adults (ages 14-26) with disabilities living in the Northern Virginia area. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 6, so don’t delay! Click Here to download the application and learn if you’re eligible.                        

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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  • My Independence

    • Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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    Written by James Potthast Can anyone really say they live independently? Most people today require some sort of assistance or support from their community. From a neighbor helping with yard work, to friends grabbing lunch together, our community leans on each other to live productively. Other supports include your mail carrier, your child's school, your church, and at times even your local authorities. My name is James Potthast, and I am striving for independence.

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  • Disability Awareness with Cub Scouts

    • Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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    Written by Erin Elizabeth A large part of teaching is talking to people in a variety of situations, be it helping them understand a difficult topic or guiding them through new information. As a teacher, I'm comfortable communicating in this way, and am becoming more so as I continue to gain experience. However, I am definitely not as relaxed when it comes to talking about my disability. While I will happily answer any questions someone might have, I've never been one to draw attention to myself for something I consider to be a relatively small part of who I am as a person.  

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  • Jordan's Story: Community Partnerships Help High School Volunteer Find Ideal Match

    • Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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    Written by Jodi Smith, Volunteer Solutions (Annandale office) What happens when a talented student from Chantilly High School, the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP), ServiceSource, and ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) join forces? Everyone benefits!

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