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ECNV's September Newsletter is Here!
In this edition, Register for upcoming virtual workshops that include celebrating NDEAM , Navigating path to independent housing and Disability Rights and Resources Expo. ECNV Spotlight Know your Voting Rights! Blog posts: Celebrating SCI Awareness Month and ECNV's young adult social group. Updated COVID-19 Resources

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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 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.

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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.

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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.



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  • ECNV's Young Adult Social Group

    • Wednesday, September 2, 2020
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    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.

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  • Celebrating SCI Awareness: This is How I Roll

    • Wednesday, September 2, 2020
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    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:

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  • With Deep Gratitude for the Frontline

    • Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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    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.  

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