Social Groups

Currently there are three social groups operating at the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, Inc. (ECNV) on a regular basis. People with disabilities and friends are all welcome to drop by. Contact any staff member at ECNV for further information about the following groups:


ENDependents friendsThe ENDependents is a monthly social group that meets for pizza at the ECNV office at 2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 250, Arlington, 22201. Everyone is welcome! Join us for food and fun for just $5! Check the calendar for dates and times. 

Contact Ruchika Lalwani at to find out what we're doing next.



TGIF friends enjoying a dinner at a restaurantThe TGIF Group is a chance for local non-disabled and disabled people to relax together after a long week and feel the energy of the disability culture (yes, there IS such a thing!)

Our goal in hosting these get-togethers is to further the mission of ECNV; for individuals with disabilities to improve the quality of their lives, determine their own lifestyles, participate in all aspects of society and secure their human and civil rights.

Sometimes, the greatest barrier is attitude. These get-togethers are an attempt at lowering this barrier by socializing together and creating opportunities to develop friendships in our community that might not otherwise happen!

We meet on the 1st Friday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please check the calendar for dates and location.

Contact Ruchika Lalwani at for more information.

Looking forward to seeing you!


Connect4 Social Hour

Connect4 Social Hour is a social networking group founded by the Endependence Center of Northern Virginia ECNV for young adults with disabilities ages 18 -39. By coming together, we can help build confidence, independence, networks, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Our social group meets every few months at various locations in the VA/DC area for various events and activities. This includes outings at community events, restaurants, mixers at ECNV, and any other fun activity that we can think of! Some meetings will include topics of discussion or information sessions important to the disability community, while others will be just to mingle and have a fun night out!

To find out about upcoming events, contact Elizabeth Kumar at or call ECNV at 703-525-3268.
Join our Facebook group to stay informed about future events. Check our calendar for dates and times.