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IL Day in Richmond
by: Alexa Mavroidis

Every year, ECNV staff and consumers travel to Richmond to meet with legislators in the Virginia General Assembly to inform them about the effects of proposed laws and proposed amendments to the state budget on Virginians with disabilities. This year, we informed them about proposals for CIL funding throughout the state and about proposals to reduce the waitlist for waiver services for people with developmental disabilities, many of whom have waited many years for those services.
We met with legislators (or their aides) who serve the areas where ECNV’s consumers live. We talked to them about our experiences working to support Northern Virginians with all types of disabilities, and staff and consumers alike who have disabilities ourselves spoke of our personal experiences with disability services, with services from CILs that have helped us, with personal care, and with other things that we meant to address.
As often happens, some of the legislators posed for pictures with us, a fun little memento of our time in Richmond and some time to relax. This time, we managed to catch up with Speaker Filler-Corn just as we boarded our bus to leave. We greeted her, shook her hand, and got a few pictures. (But not all of them came out!)
As we have for many years now, we very much enjoyed going to Richmond and advocating for the needs of ECNV consumers and all Virginians with disabilities. IL Day is a wonderful opportunity to talk to the people who set the policy that affect our lives—as well as to catch up with people from other CILs across Virginia. Staff and consumers had a wonderful time!

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