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   HRT Paratransit

  The Endependence Center is working together with others to gather
information about recent changes made by Hampton Roads Transit
(HRT) to paratransit services.  These services used to be referred
to as Handi-Ride and are now simply called paratransit.
We want to hear about your experience with the new HRT
paratransit system.  The flyer and Issues Form can be
downloaded and contains more information about this issue.
You can complete and mail or give to your ECI
Coordinator or you can click on the link below
to access our online Issues Form for paratransit.
Paratransit Information Sheet              Paratransit Issue Form

Click below for the

Online Paratransit Issue Form

Let your voice be heard!
Join us at the meeting on

HRT Paratransit

Wednesday, April 22nd -- 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Endependence Center
The Advocacy Group will be continue discussing paratransit services.
Reservation requirements; limit on length of ride; timely pick-ups.
These and other issues related to using Handi-Ride will be
discussed.  We will start the meeting with a review of ADA
requirements for paratransit/Handi-Ride.  We then want to hear
from you about current service issues.  The last part of the
meeting will be to discuss a plan to resolve problems
we are having with Handi-Ride.

Community Supports through
Medicaid Waivers Workshop
Monday, April 13th -- 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Endependence Center
Learn about the different options that are available to shift care
from a nursing facility to an individual's home with the use of
community supports and services.  A short, informational
training will include a variety of resources that can help
to prevent the institutionalization of seniors and people
with disabilities so they can live a full life in their community.
RSVP to Cheryl Ward or (757) 351-1585.

Redetermination of Benefits

    Are you between the ages of 14 -18 years of age
and receiving SSI benefits?
Do you know that when you reach age 18 that the Social Security
         Administration (SSA) conducts an Age 18 Redetermination of Benefits?
Join us on May 7th for one of two workshops that will provide information
on the Age 18 Redetermination and how it can affect you continuing to
receive benefits as an adult. The criteria for receiving benefits over
the age of 18 is more stringent than that for a child and our goal
is to provide you with information about the redetermination and
documentation that you will need to collect and provide to SSA
when you turn age 18.  You will not automatically be approved for
benefits over the age of 18 and you will have to apply for benefits.


We will have two workshops (10:00 am to 11:30 am and
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm) on May 7th.
 If you are interested in attending and would like to sign up for one
of the sessions, contact Linda Johnson at 351-1577.


The “Office Hours” program will begin at 1:00 pm and appointments last
for 30 minutes.  “Office Hours” is a program sponsored by the dLCV. This
program is designed with you in mind.  A dLCV advocate or attorney
will be at ECI every other month to talk to you, by appointment, about
issues related to discrimination as it relates to your disability.
Assistance can be provided in the following areas:
Denial of SSI &/or SSDI benefits; overpayment of SSI or SSDI
benefits related to working; denial of educational supports or services;
questions or concerns about your services from the Department for
Aging and Rehabilitative Services; or the Department for the Blind and
Vision Impaired; denials of Medicaid services including waiver service
denials; questions or concerns about power of attorney or advance
directive issues; and Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility or
accommodation issues.  dLCV will not talk about the following areas:
Family law; custody issues; personal injury issues; and medical
malpractice issues.  “Office Hours” will be  Thursday, May 21st from
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  To schedule an appointment, please contact
Rena Lewis, 351-1578 or
         If you need assistance with an advocacy issue before May 21st,
please contact Rena Lewis at ECI.

"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.

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seniors and individuals
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Endependence Center, Inc.
6300 East Virginia Beach Blvd.
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Phone:(757) 461-8007 Voice
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