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Disability Issues – Virginia General Assembly
Each Wednesday at 3:00 pm
January 24, January 31, February 7, February 14, & February 21
The Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living (VACIL) will hold weekly webinars to discuss state legislation addressing disability issues. The webinars will be held on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm on the dates listed above. Each webinar is expected to be 15-60 minutes. Disability organizations are invited to provide information about their issues. Please register to participate in the webinars. The webinars will not be held at the Endependence Center.
Register for the webinars at
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2933144467844802049  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email
with information about joining the webinar.
If you do not have access to the internet during the webinars, you can listen in on the discussion by phone. To join only by phone, dial 978-964-0031, pass code 9927541#. You will not be able to see the material or ask questions if you join the webinar by phone only. If you are joining by phone only, you can request the material an hour before each webinar by contacting cward@endependence.org
The first webinar on January 24 will include a review of the legislative process, including how the state budget is developed and approved.
Real-time captioning of the webinar will be provided by request. For a link to the webinar captioning contact cward@endependence.org
The webinars are open to people with disabilities, their families, and other advocates.
2017 ECI Medicaid CCC Plus Managed Care Forum and Annual Meeting

The Endependence Center held its Medicaid CCC Plus Managed Care Forum and Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 30 at the Doubletree by Hilton Norfolk Airport.

The forum consisted of a panel of Managed Care providers where the topics of Enhanced Benefits, Transition from Nursing Facilities, Transportation Services, and Care Coordination were discussed.

The Annual Meeting began at 12:30pm with our guests visiting with our 16 exhibitors.  We had five sponsors of our events from Anthem HealthKeepers Plus, Virginia Relay/Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Aetna, Optima Health, and Magellan Cares.

After lunch, the meeting began with opening remarks by Michael Wang, President of the ECI Board of Directors. Our Keynote Speaker, Cindi B. Jones, Director of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services spoke and she was later presented with the William Patrick White Outstanding Award for Advocacy for her work. Stephen Hawks, Director of Norfolk Department of Human Services made welcoming remarks. Additional awards were presented as follows:  Jane L Majer Award for Independence to William F. Oliver III; Outstanding Service Award to Eleanor Williams; Outstanding Agency Awards to Norfolk Office of Emergency Management and Project SEARCH; Jerry O’Bryan Freedom Award to Daniel Peek; Lucy Salzberg Outstanding Student Award to Quiana Burnside; and Volunteer of the Year Award to Deon Latham.

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.

2017 Participant Holiday Party

It was the biggest party of the year!

Approximately 150 people attended the Annual Holiday Party at the Doubletree Hotel in Norfolk on December 14. 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 and there were 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 placed into the drawing for a chance to win a jar of candy and money. As our guests left the party, they received a candy goodie bag and a gift from ECI.

Group for People Living in a Nursing Facility
Friday, January 19, 2018 ~~ 1:00pm to 3:00pm at ECI
This is a group that is ONLY for people who currently live in Nursing Facilities.
We will be discussing issues relating to your rights while you are living in a nursing facility, issues relating to moving out of the nursing facility and how to use paratransit services. You will be able to network with others who live in a nursing facility. We will cover topics  to help you reach your goals. For further information about this group or transportation, please call Rena Lewis at (757) 351-1578 or Travis Webb at (757) 351-1574. Bus tickets and para-transit tickets will be provided to this event.