Transition to Adult Living, Learning and Working
ECI is hosting a workshop to provide useful information to youth with disabilities. The focus will be to help students and their parents prepare for life after school and how to be successful in our community. Workshop will be held at ECI, 6300 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk.

 Thursday, 7/27/17 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm — Medicaid Waivers: New Changes

Virginia Dominion EnergyShare 
Virginia Dominion EnergyShare is offering a limited number of  grants to help people with their electric service. If you have already been assisted by Salvation Army in 2017, you are not eligible to apply. (People over 60 can be assisted twice in 2017 by Salvation Army.) Funds would not be paid to the participant, but will only be credited to their Virginia Power account.  It is on a first come first, serve basis after a completed request is submitted by your ECI Coordinator.  Please contact your ECI Coordinator for more information.

Endependence Center Participants must meet all the following criteria:

  • need financial assistance with energy costs;
  • receive SSI or SSDI;
  • have monthly income below $2,200;
  • have electric bill in their name – there  are some exceptions;
  • the electric service must be at the residence where they are living. It does not pay past due amounts at other addresses or very large past due amounts.

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.

ECI is providing more information on preparing for an emergency and basic first aid at a workshop on Thursday, August 3 (1:30 pm – 3:00 pm) at ECI. Staff from the Norfolk Emergency Preparedness Department will present.


EDCD and Tech Waiver Now the CCC Plus Waiver

Updates on the DD Waivers

On July 1, the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services combined the EDCD and Tech Waivers into a new Waiver program with new services. On August 1, most individuals with disabilities living in Tidewater who use Medicaid will be enrolled in a new Medicaid managed care program, Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC Plus). The Endependence Center will conduct workshops on the new CCC Plus programs and provide an update on the DD Waivers program.

Thursday, August 3: 6:00pm-7:00pm – CCC Plus ~~ 7:15pm-8:30pm – DD Waivers Update

Saturday, August 5: 9:00am-10:30am – CCC Plus ~~ 10:45am-12noon – DD Waivers Update

Tuesday, August 8:  9:00am-10:30am – CCC Plus ~~ 10:45-12noon – DD Waivers Update

All workshops will be held at the Endependence Center, 6300 E. Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk.

Please register for the workshops by sending a message to Tammy Manno at tmanno@endependence.org or 351-1586. Please indicate the workshop you are registering for and provide your contact information in case there are any changes to the schedule.

OPEN HOUSE for Active Center Participants

The Endependence Center Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) is having an Open House on Monday, August 21st from 12:00pm to 1:00pm (before Movie Monday) to help you fill out the enclosed Annual Participant Satisfaction Survey on Endependence Center Services. 

So come in and fill it out! Someone will be available to help you if you need assistance. If you would like for someone from the CAC committee to call you on the phone and fill it out, please call Rena Lewis at 351-1578 and she will pass your name and number on to a CAC committee member to contact you.

Surveys can also be mailed in, complete while at ECI or completed online at the Endependence Center website www.endependence.org (click on Survey link).