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Virginia General Assembly Disability Issues
Series of Webinars
Each Wednesday -- 3:00 pm
January 13 - March 16

Register for the webinars at

   The Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living will hold
   weekly webinars to discuss state legislation addressing disability issues.
   The webinars will be held on Wednesdays at 3:00pm. Each webinar is
   expected to be from 20-45 minutes. Disability organizations are invited
   to provide information on the issues they are working. Please register
   to participate in the webinars. Real-time captioning will be provided.
   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
   information about joining the webinar.
   The webinars are open to people with disabilities, their families, and
   other advocates.

Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) Survey

   The SILC is conducting a survey on the State Plan for Independent Living
   (SPIL).  Completing this survey will ensure that the SILC hears from
   people for planning purposes to serve the disability community.

For more information about the SILC, visit their website

    complete the survey.  It is very simple and only takes a minute or two
    to complete the survey through Survey Monkey.  Deadline for the survey
    is February 1, 2016.

DD and ID Waiver Changes
Friday, January 29, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Endependence Center, Inc.
6300 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk

The Medicaid DD and ID Waivers are in the process of significant
   changes. New services are planned. The assessment process will be
   changing. Waiting lists will be managed differently. Please join us for an
   overview and discussion of the changes. Pizza and salad will be provided.
   If you will be attending the January 29 meeting, please RSVP to, 351-1578 so that we can prepare materials
   and food.

2015 Participant Holiday Party

   It was the biggest party of the year! Approximately 150 people
   attended the Annual Holiday Party at the Holiday Inn in Virginia Beach
   on December 10th. Everyone had a fun time and plenty to eat
   which included pizza, salad, wings, cookies, and drinks. Our DJ helped
   to get the party going and we had lots of dancing and karaoke
   including group karaoke and group dancing. The photo booth was a big
   hit with several backgrounds to choose from and the photographer
   took over 400 pictures. There were 45 door prizes, participants were
   able to put their name in a drawing for a chance to win a door prize
   of their choosing, and if they did not win it, their name was put into
   the drawing for other prizes.

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; Outstanding Agency
    Award to Hansel-Union Consulting; 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

"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

Independent Living
Day at the
General Assembly
February 3, 2016
For more information
about this activity,
contact Rena Lewis at
351-1578 by 1/26/16

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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Phone:(757) 461-8007 Voice
(757) 461-7527 TTY
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