February 1, 2017

On February 1, 2017, more than 150 participants and staff members from Centers for Independent Living across Virginia met in Richmond for Independent Living Day. In between meetings with various state legislators at the General Assembly, everyone came together for a luncheon to hear comments from a range of speakers. Highlighting the luncheon meeting were remarks from Dr. Bill Hazel, Secretary of Health and Human Resources. The speakers addressed the focus of state agencies to improve services for people with disabilities. They also stressed the importance of hearing from people with disabilities and how essential it is for people with disabilities to voice their concerns to their legislators. Participants from ECI held 20 meetings with legislators and their staff to advise them of the issues, challenges, and needs for people with disabilities in our area. It was a very successful day of advocacy.


“Office Hours” is a program sponsored by the disAbility Law Center of Virginia (dLCV). A dLCV advocate or attorney will be at the Endependence Center on March 16 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.

Appointments should be scheduled. “Office Hours” will be on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. To schedule an appointment, please contact Rena Lewis, 351-1578 or rlewis@endependence.org

NOTE:  dLCV is at ECI every other month.