Please join ECNV in welcoming Jill Jacobs, our new Executive Director! We are looking forward to Jill leading ECNV's mission of empowering people with disabilities to live independently. She has an accomplished history of advocacy and community leadership.
In her previous position at Booz Allen Hamilton, she advised on projects for the Department of Health and Human Services, Veteran’s Affairs, Centers for Disease Control, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, with a primary emphasis on Home and Community-based (HCBS) Long-term care. Prior to that, Jill founded and served for eighteen years as the CEO of Ability Unleashed, a Medicaid HCBS case management agency. She has held executive positions at various nonprofit and government entities and served on boards to include the World Association of People with Disabilities and UCP of Washington & Northern Virginia. She is currently on the boards of the National Council on Independent Living and the Moses West Foundation.
Jill is a passionate and deeply committed changemaker for people with disabilities and our elders; she is known for her willingness to dive headfirst into even the most daunting efforts. In 1998, she got involved as a key organizer in a campaign to get a statue of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt seated in his wheelchair at the national monument in Washington, DC. From that point forward, she has been a grassroots organizer in the disability arena.
More recently, Jill has organized healthcare protests, human rights marketing campaigns, and relief efforts for the most marginalized communities. She led disaster response efforts following Hurricanes Harvey and Maria resulting in lifesaving outcomes for disabled people in Houston and Puerto Rico. Gathering celebrity endorsements and funds as well as crowd-sourced grassroots support, Jill obtained clothing, water, food, medicine and medical care and transported them to disabled people in need. She provided rescue by ground, sea and air and arranged housing, social services and care for evacuees.
Her business acumen, experience as a management professional, as well as her own personal experience with disability and as the mother of two disabled people, gives Jill special insight into the needs of people with disabilities, especially as it pertains to families. For her work advancing rights and access of disabled military family members, the United States Army awarded Jill the Dr. Mary E. Walker Medal of Honor.
Jill enjoys expressing herself creatively not only through advocacy, but also via the arts. She is an accomplished visual artist whose work has shown in New York, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. She is looking forward to serving the ECNV community make sure people with disabilities are included in all aspects of society and that their voices are heard. We are all very excited to start this new chapter at the Endependence Center!
ECNV has great wheelchairs, scooters, and mobility equipment available for those in need. Contact Selvin Garcia at (703) 525-3268 or email@example.com for more details.
Image: Durable Medical Equipment lined up in the following order : cane, crutches, grayscooter, walker, commode,chair with tray and blue shower chair.
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Blog by: Pansy Walker , Medicaid Programs Coordinator The Month of November is known as Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Former President Ronald Reagan made November the designated month in 1983 and it is still recognized today. During November, there are many observances that include fundraisers, tips for healthy aging, Alzheimer's information that is now downloadable, “memory walks,” and so much information and resources for caregivers. Please note the resources listed below for more information on where to find information and what you can do to be a part of Alzheimer's Awareness Month. There are many stages to Alzheimer's and there are current treatments to focus on maintaining the mental function, behavioral actions and ways to slow or delay the progression of the disease.
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.
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: