Endependence Center Health Care Forum/
Annual Meeting & Holiday Party Sponsorship
and Exhibit Opportunities

The Endependence Center will be hosting a Health Care Forum and our 2017 Annual Meeting and Participant Holiday Party and there are opportunities for sponsorship and exhibiting at these events.

This is a great opportunity for your business or organization to collaborate with the disability community. A Health Care Forum is planned for the morning and we are pleased to announce that Cindi Jones, Director with the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, will be our Keynote Speaker at the annual meeting as we celebrate “Empowering People with Disabilities”.

All Events are at Doubletree by Hilton Norfolk Airport, 1500 N. Military Highway, Norfolk.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Health Care Forum, 9:30 am ~ 11:30 am
Annual Meeting, 12:30 pm ~ 3:30 pm
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Participant Holiday Party, 11:00 am ~ 4:00 pm

Invitations for attendance at these events will be sent mid-October. RSVPs for these events will begin October 20, 2017. For more information about being a sponsor or exhibiting, call Jennifer Beekman at 351-1587 or jbeekman@endependence.org or visit our online registration.


This is a monthly meeting for people living in a nursing facility. We will be discussing issues relating to moving from a nursing home into the community. You will be able to network with others and we will cover topics related to housing and other issues to help you accomplish that goal. This group will take place every month starting on Wednesday, October 18, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm at the Endependence Center. For further information about the group, please call Rena Lewis at (757) 351-1578 or Travis Webb at (757) 351-1574.


As people with disabilities, we have the power to change things with our votes. Voting is a right and a privilege for us. Voting helps us to make sure we have the same rights as anyone else in our country.

Ed Turner has been an advocate for people with disabilities on State and local levels. He will speak at the Advocacy Group to tell us how important it is to vote and to be an advocate for ourselves and all people with disabilities. He will share his advocacy experiences with you and how you can become a better advocate. He was a Peer Mentor when the Center was just getting started. Join us at the Advocacy Group on Wednesday, October 25, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Logo-Are You Prepared? with pictures of various types of disasters (i.e., biohazard, flood, tornado, fire, Red Cross, Bicycle)

Why prepare for a Disaster?

Being ready for a hurricane or other disaster is a part of maintaining your independence. You need to prepare to meet your own needs as a person with a disability. Each person with a disability has to develop a Personalized Emergency Plan that can be implement during a disaster for your survival. When developing your Plan, you need to prepare a Supply Kit and develop a Support Network.