COVID-19 (coronavirus)
We know that COVID-19 (coronavirus) is causing people with disabilities concerns about protection from the virus and their needed supports during this time. We will continue to provide resources below as updates become available.

The Endependence Center will remain available to provide information and advocacy. Please contact us if needed.

Resources related to Coronavirus:

Administration on Community Living

American Association of People with Disabilities 

ECI’s Operational Plan
ECI recognizes the seriousness and effect that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) can have on those that we serve and work with. So that our staff and participants can stay safe, we have established the following Operational Plan.
  • ECI’s office will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020. 
  • ECI staff are still working remotely and can assist participant’s by phone and email during regular business hours.
  • ECI will not be holding any group activities and participant-led events at ECI until further notice.
  • ECI will be updating our Facebook, website, and newsletter to reflect this policy and any changes as they occur.
Legislative Information
The 2020 Virginia General Assembly session continues through March 14. Many bills will be completed before the end of February. The time to act is now.

VACIL maintains a weekly tracking of some legislation that would impact people with disabilities. VACIL also developed a chart of proposed budget amendments that are under consideration. The bill tracking and budget chart can be viewed at www.endependence.org

Information about the bills and budget amendments VACIL is following:

Floor Budget Amendments – Approved 2-20-20

VACIL Bill Tracking 2-28-20

Conference Approved VACIL 3-10-20

Budget Decisions Being Made Now

The Virginia General Assembly is in the final stages of completing the state budget. The Senate and House have appointed certain legislators to act as budget conferees to work out the differences between the House and Senate budget amendments. These conferees make up the Budget Conference Committee that will complete their work by Tuesday, March 3.

You can contact members of the Budget Conference Committee now to give your opinion about the budget amendments they are considering.

Members of the Budget Conference Committee include the following:

Delegate David Bulova
Delegate Betsy Carr
Delegate Kirk Cox
Delegate Barry Knight
Delegate Mark Sickles
Delegate Luke Torian
Delegate Roslyn Tyler
Senator George Barker
Senator Emmett Hanger
Senator Janet Howell
Senator Mamie Locke
Senator Louise Lucas
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Senator Thomas Norment
Senator Richard Saslaw
Road 2 Independence Program

ECI is excited to announce a new Life-Skills Program, “Road 2 Independence” winter session. The focus will be helping youth ages 16-22 obtain life skills that will help them transition from post-secondary education to an opportunity that will bring value and growth to them. Information about the two program areas are Instruction in Self Advocacy (ISA) Syllabus and Work Readiness Training (WRT) Syllabus.  A calendar view of the winter sessions is available. If interested in referring a youth for the winter session, complete the ECI Pre-ETS Referral.

This project was funded with the support of a grant from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. For more information, please contact Amy Ouellette at 757-351-1597 or email aouellette@endependence.org.

ECI would like to thank the Hampton Roads Community Foundation for its support and belief in this program and the difference it can make.

“This grant fits perfectly with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation’s vision of a thriving community with opportunity for all,” says Linda M. Rice, Vice-President for grant making at the community foundation. “We look forward to hearing how individuals successfully transitioned to careers or college with help from resources they connected with through the Endependence Center’s Road 2 Independence program.”