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Helping People with Disabilities Transition to Independent Living

ECNV facilitates the transition of disabled people from nursing homes and other institutions to home and community-based living and works with people who are at risk of institutionalization to keep them out of such facilities. And we assist youth as they graduate from high school to postsecondary life.

Nursing Home Transition

We also assist adults in transitioning from nursing homes and institutions to homes of their choosing in the community. The process starts with an intake with one of our peer counselors who will work with the individual in goal setting and planning, taking into account the various needs of the individual. Please email info@ecnv.org or call (703) 525-3268, TTY (703) 525-3553 to get more information.

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Youth Transition

Our youth transition services assist teenagers and young adults transitioning from high school to post-secondary education, the workforce, and living independently. We offer peer counseling/mentoring as well as independent living skills training to assist in this transition and help youth and young adults be more confident and better equipped for the next step in their lives. With their peer counselor/mentor’s support, they can set goals for various aspects of independent living including employment, self-advocacy, daily living skills, information and referrals, travel training, and much more.

Youth Employment

ECNV also offers two programs in partnership with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS):

I Am Self-Advocacy Program (IASA)

IASA is a Pre-Employment Transition Service (Pre-ETS) focused on instruction in self-advocacy for students, ages 16-22, with disabilities. The program assists students in honing their skills in self-advocacy through a combination of 1-on-1 sessions with a peer mentor and group sessions with their peers. Students who complete the program leave with a greater understanding of accommodations, their rights, and how to advocate for themselves.

ECNV offers this program to students living in the Counties of Arlington, Loudoun, Fairfax, and Prince William, as well as in the Cities of Fairfax, Falls Church, Alexandria, Manassas, and Manassas Park. To participate in the program, the student must be referred by their local DARS office.

For more information, please contact Hannah Roberts hannahr@ecnv.org or Lea Kundratic lkundratic@ecnv.org.

Interested in this program?

Selected Value: 16
Open to youth from 16 to 22

Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP)

RAMP is a career-focused mentoring program for students, ages 14-22, with disabilities and involved with foster care or the juvenile justice system (including those at-risk). This is a year-long program where students participate in:

  • Weekly career-focused group mentoring sessions
  • 1-on-1 mentoring sessions
  • STEAM projects
  • Goal setting
  • Workplace readiness skills development (to include mock interviews and resume building)
  • Hands on career exploration (through worksite visits, guest speakers, internships, and job shadowing)

Currently, ECNV offers this program to students living in Fairfax County. The student must be referred by the Fairfax DARS office.

For more information, please contact Hannah Roberts hannahr@ecnv.org or Kevina Brown kbrown@ecnv.org.

Interested in this program?

Candidates must live in Fairfax County
Selected Value: 14
Must be from 14 to 22