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Independent Living Day

  Independent Living Day at the General Assembly will be
  Wednesday, January 21st.  This is our opportunity to join
  with other disability advocates across Virginia and to meet
  with legislators to educate them about the priorities of
  people with disabilities.  Please contact Cheryl Ward,
  351-1585, cward@endependence.org if you are
  interested in participating in IL Day.  We need to know by
  January 9th who is interested in attending IL Day.

2014 Holiday Party

Group Karaoke to Silent Night
  It was the biggest party of the year!  Approximately 175
  people attended the Annual Holiday Party in Virginia Beach
  on December 11th.  Everyone had a fun time and plenty to
  eat which included pizza, salad, wings, cake, fruit and
  drinks.  Our DJ, Christian, helped to get the party going
  and we had lots of dancing and karaoke including group
  karaoke and group dancing.  The photo booth was also a
  big hit with 10 backgrounds to choose from.  There were
  69 door prizes and participants were able to put their
  name in the drawing for the door prize of their choosing
  and if they didn’t win it they were put into the drawing for
  other prizes or perhaps they won the poinsettia plant on
  their table.  Happy Holidays!

"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
     Please Note:   If ECI does not have at least 5 people signed up for
     any of the workshops/groups with a deadline to sign up, we will
     cancel the workshop/group.  If we cancel a workshop/group, we
     will notify those that have signed up of the cancellation and will put
     the information on phone extension 400.

Items Of Interest


2014 Annual Meeting
held
November 21, 2014

 
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Justice Department
Settlement
 
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
 
Virginia's
"No Wrong Door"
initiative launches
"Virginia
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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Endependence Center, Inc.
6300 East Virginia Beach Blvd.
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Phone:(757) 461-8007 Voice
(757) 461-7527 TTY
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