ECI’s Operational Plan during COVID-19

ECI recognizes the seriousness and effect that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) can have on people we work with. So that ECI staff and participants stay safe, we have established the following operational plan.
  • ECI’s office will not be open for scheduled appointments until Virginia returns to Phase 3.
  • ECI staff continue to be available by phone and e-mail, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.
  • ECI will not be holding any in-person group activities and participant-led events ECI until further notice.
  • ECI’s Facebook page, website, and newsletter will be updated to reflect this policy and any changes.

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ECI is Turning 40! 

ECI turns 40 this year, and as we look back at all that we have accomplished, it has genuinely been forty years of advocating for access and independence for people with disabilities. With this we will be celebrating what we have accomplished as well as identifying what we hope to accomplish. Please join us in this virtual celebration on February 25th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. We are honored to have previous Executive Directors as our speakers. Please help us focus on what and why Endependence Center is here and why we continue to press for access and inclusion. We will be providing the following awards as well:

  • Jane Majer Award for Independence
  • Jerry O’Bryan Freedom Award
  • William Patrick White Award for Advocacy
  • Employer of the Year Award

If you would like to participate, please register at:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 Accessing Zoom by Phone:

  1. Call 1 646 876 9923
  2. You will be asked to put in a Meeting ID: 891 7315 3122
  3. You will be asked to put in a Passcode: 986112
  4. You should now be in the Zoom celebration.
Assistance Available for People with Disabilities
for COVID-19 Related Needs
COVID-19 has resulted in people with disabilities having needs
that the Endependence Center may be able to address.


COVID-19 Quarterly Peer Group

Coronavirus has impacted us all in very different ways. Please join us for a quarterly peer call in which we will talk about how it impacted us, but also what and how we have learned to maintain our independence in spite of the new manner in which we interact. This is a chance for you to connect with other individuals with disabilities who have been impacted by COVID-19 and find out how they are handling the new manner in which we interact with each other, as well as share how you are managing your day-to-day activities. The second quarterly COVID-19 Peer Group will be on Monday, February 22 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. If this is something you want to participate in or would like more information about, call Jeanette Flanders at 351-1570 and she can assist you with registering for the peer group.

Register one time for the series at:


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you have sound on your computer, you will hear the presentation through your computer.

Accessing the Webinar through the Phone

If you do not have access to the Internet or do not want to use sound through your computer, you can join the webinars by phone.

  1. Call 1-646-876-9923
  2. You will need to provide the Webinar ID number: 842 4497 3150
  3. You will need to provide a Webinar Passcode number:  412622.
  4. To mute/unmute your phone, press *6 on your keypad


Emergency Preparedness Training Series

Disasters are never expected or wanted, but a way to ensure that you can handle it is to be prepared for when they come. That way, when the emergency is over, you can see the rainbow that will surely follow.

To help prepare for that, ECI is launching monthly virtual ILS classes that will cover various topics that will help you prepare for the emergency that may occur, such as a pandemic, hurricane, fire, and tornado. All those who attend will be mailed an item that will help you prepare your own Emergency Supply Kit.

The next training will be Tuesday, February 23, 2021, from 11:00am – 12:00pm.

Register Here

The month’s topic is “Importance of Staying Clean and Warm–Ways to Sheltering in Place and What that Can Look Like Depending on the Emergency”. Attendees will receive hand sanitizer for their emergency supply kit.

The class meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 11am to 12pm. Call Jeanette Flanders at 351-1570 for more information, and she can assist you with registering for the class.  


Virtual Independent Living Skills
Training Webinars
During February, ECI will not hold any webinars.


Virtual Youth IL Skills Training Webinars

During Tuesdays in January, ECI hosts Youth IL Skills Training for youth between the ages of 17-24 and who use ECI services.