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Virginia-wide Directory Available for

Consumer-Directed Assistants


  A Statewide Directory is now available for people who

  would like to become a Consumer-Directed Assistant

  and for people who need a Consumer-Directed

  Assistant.  People wanting to become assistants can

  list their skills, availability, location, and contact

  information. People with disabilities that need

  assistants can search for a person to work with them

  that matches their needs.


  To list your name and skills on the Directory or to

  search for a Consumer-Directed Assistant, go to


  A Consumer-Directed Assistant helps an individual

  with a disability with supports needed to live in the

  community.  There are several programs in which

  people hire their own staff.  Most programs require,

  at a minimum, that to be a Consumer-Directed

  Assistant, a person must:

• be 18 years old
• have a Social Security number
• pass a criminal background check
• pass a Child Protective Services check, if
  working with a child.


 The Directory is new. We welcome your feedback on

 the Directory. Please send your comments to  Revisions will be

 made to the Directory based on use and feedback.


  The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) provided

   funding for the development of the Directory through the

   Improvement and Expansion of Consumer-Directed Services

   grant awarded to the Virginia Association of Centers for

   Independent Living.  The Directory was developed and is hosted

   by Public Partnerships (PPL).  More information on VBPD can be

   found at Virginia Association of Centers

   for Independent Living information can be found at


"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

ECI 2014 Annual
November 21, 2014
and Exhibit

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you can help the Endependence Center
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Justice Department
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
"No Wrong Door"
initiative launches
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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6300 East Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23502-2827
Phone:(757) 461-8007 Voice
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