Hampton Roads, Let’s Get Ready TOGETHER

The Endependence Center has advocated with the emergency management community to have an overnight emergency shelter exercise for people with disabilities and access and functional needs (PWDAFN).

The purpose of the exercise is to test current emergency plans and modify after the exercise is over, educate shelter and emergency staff as to the needs that PWDAFN have while in a shelter, test equipment, and to educate PWDAFN as to what it would be like to be in an emergency shelter and how to be better prepared in an emergency.

This exercise will be the first one in this area that actually is overnight and PWDAFN (not actors) are part of the training exercise. The flyer below provides further information and how to sign up.

Open to all South Hampton Roads residents that are a person with a disability or have access or functional needs.


For more information and to sign up to participate, open this flyer.


2017 ECI Medicaid CCC Plus Managed Care Forum and Annual Meeting

The Endependence Center held its Medicaid CCC Plus Managed Care Forum and Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 30 at the Doubletree by Hilton Norfolk Airport.

The forum consisted of a panel of Managed Care providers where the topics of Enhanced Benefits, Transition from Nursing Facilities, Transportation Services, and Care Coordination were discussed.

The Annual Meeting began at 12:30pm with our guests visiting with our 16 exhibitors.  We had five sponsors of our events from Anthem HealthKeepers Plus, Virginia Relay/Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Aetna, Optima Health, and Magellan Cares.

After lunch, the meeting began with opening remarks by Michael Wang, President of the ECI Board of Directors. Our Keynote Speaker, Cindi B. Jones, Director of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services spoke and she was later presented with the William Patrick White Outstanding Award for Advocacy for her work. Stephen Hawks, Director of Norfolk Department of Human Services made welcoming remarks. Additional awards were presented as follows:  Jane L Majer Award for Independence to William F. Oliver III; Outstanding Service Award to Eleanor Williams; Outstanding Agency Awards to Norfolk Office of Emergency Management and Project SEARCH; Jerry O’Bryan Freedom Award to Daniel Peek; Lucy Salzberg Outstanding Student Award to Quiana Burnside; and Volunteer of the Year Award to Deon Latham.

After remarks from Stephen Johnson, Executive Director, and President Wang, the meeting concluded and exhibitors remained available until about 2:30 pm. ECI greatly appreciates all sponsors, advertisers, and exhibitors for covering the meeting expenses.

Group for People Living in a Nursing Facility
Friday, March 16 19, 2018 ~~ 1:00pm to 2:30pm at ECI
This is a group that is ONLY for people who currently live in Nursing Facilities.
We will be discussing issues relating to your rights while you are living in a nursing facility, issues relating to moving out of the nursing facility and how to use paratransit services. You will be able to network with others who live in a nursing facility. We will cover topics  to help you reach your goals. For further information about this group or transportation, please call Rena Lewis at (757) 351-1578 or Travis Webb at (757) 351-1574. Bus tickets and para-transit tickets will be provided to this event.