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Endependence Center Annual Meeting

& ADA Celebration

    The Endependence Center celebrated its Annual Meeting and the 25th
    Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on Thursday,
    November 19 at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Conference
    Center. The event began at 11:00 am with our guests visiting with our
    14 exhibitors.  We had four major sponsors of our event from Anthem
    Healthkeepers, Eggleston, Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard
    of Hearing, and Virginia Housing and Development Authority. After
    lunch, the meeting began at 12:30 pm with opening remarks by Michael
    Wang, President of the ECI Board of Directors.
Lt Gov Ralph S Northam
    Our Keynote Speaker, Lt. Governor Ralph S. Northam spoke and he was
    later presented with the William Patrick White Outstanding Award for
    Advocacy for his work at the Virginia General Assembly on behalf of
    people with disabilities.


    Virginia Beach City Councilman John Dyer made welcoming remarks and
    he was presented with the Outstanding City Award for the City of
    Virginia Beach. April Harrington and Deon Latham spoke about how
    changes have affected their lives resulting from the ADA.
    Additional awards were presented as follows:  Jane L Majer Award for
    Independence to Christopher Kemp; Lucy Salzberg Outstanding Student
    Award to Wanda Cook; Outstanding Employer Award to Farm Fresh;
    Outstanding Service Award to Edmond (Ed) Turner; and Friends of ECI
    Award to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. After remarks
    from Stephen Johnson, Executive Director, and President Wang, the
    meeting concluded and exhibitors remained available until about 2:30
    pm. ECI greatly appreciates all sponsors, advertisers, and exhibitors
    for covering the meeting expenses.
     ADA Americans with Disabilities Act 25 1990-2015

Annual Holiday Party

 December 10, 2015

12:00pm to 4:00pm

 Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Conference Center
5655 Greenwich Road in Virginia Beach
(NOTE:  Different location this year)

 The party is open to CENTER PARTICIPANTS only and a guest.

The cost is $5.00 per person and payable at the door.

Music, Pictures, Karaoke, Dancing, Exhibitors, and Door Prizes

Menu:  Pizza, salad, wings, dessert and drinks

Please reserve your seat no later than December 4.
 Call 461-8007 voice or 461-7527 TTY.


 You are encouraged to be responsible for your own
transportation to and from the party.

 Text happy holidays with holly leaves

"Opening Doors To Opportunities With The Disability Community"

What is Independent Living?

   What is Independent Living?  Essentially, it is living just like
   everyone else having opportunities to make decisions that
   affect one’s life, able to pursue activities of one’s own
   choosing—limited only in the same ways that one’s non-
   disabled neighbors are limited. 
   Independent Living should not be defined in terms of living on
   one’s own, being employed in a job fitting one’s capabilities
   and interests, or having an active social life.  These are
   aspects of living independently.  Independent Living has to do
   with self-determination.  It is having the right and the
   opportunity to pursue a course of action.  And, it is having the
   freedom to fail—and to learn from one’s failures, just as non-
   disabled people do.
    To access information on upcoming events, click here.
    To sign up or request accommodations, contact Rena Lewis at
     351-1578 Voice, 461-7527 TDD or email at
     A recording of upcoming events and those canceled can be
     accessed by calling 461-8007 and selecting Option 4 and continuing
     to listen for further options.

Items Of Interest

2015 Annual
 Holiday Party
For more information
about becoming a
Sponsor or Exhibitor,

2015 Annual Meeting
held 11/19/15

Find out how
you can help the Endependence Center
For more information,
click here.

Justice Department
The Justice Department
announced a settlement
was reached in a
lawsuit over alleged
ADA violations
against students with
disabilities by Nobel
Learning Communities,
Inc. private schools.
To review the settlement,

ECI Media Center
The room can be
scheduled by
calling 461-8007.
For more information,

Virginia Easy Access
"No Wrong Door"
initiative launches
Easy Access".
For more information,

Money Follows
the Person (MFP)
Virginia launches website
describing community
living choice project for
seniors and individuals
with disabilities.
For more information,
click here

FREE Online
Course on the
American with
Disabilities Act
For more information,

FREE Online
Course on
Disability Rights
For more information,



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