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Endependence Center
Disability Advocacy & Services

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Core Services

What is New


  • September 11 – 15 is National Disability Voting Rights Week. Visit our News page or click here to get more information and make your plan to vote. 


  • Current participants can find the annual ECI Participant Satisfaction Survey by visiting the Feedback page, or clicking here


  • Visit the News page for details about COVID-19 guidelines for all in-person meetings. 
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Welcome to ECI.

The Endependence Center, Incorporated (ECI) is a consumer controlled, community-based, cross-disability, non-residential, private, non-profit Center for Independent Living (CIL) operated by and for individuals with disabilities in South Hampton Roads, including the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Southampton County and Isle of Wight County.

ECI provides an array of independent living services to individuals with disabilities and to the community.

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ECI aims to assist people with disabilities in obtaining or maintain their desired level or independence with the use of services, supports, and advocacy. ECI advocates for the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspect of society.

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Visit Us

Come visit us and see how we make a difference.


Find out about Medicaid Waivers

Benefits (WIPA)

Make informed choices about employment with WIPA

Where to Start

Not sure where to start or what services we offer? Start here.

Independent Living

Open Doors to Opportunities with the Disability Community

The ECI’s desire is for people with disabilities to live a life that they are satisfied with. That they have the opportunities available to them as those with out disabilities. We understand that can be difficult to obtain due to the realities that the communities we live in are not always accommodating or understanding.

At ECI we do not define what Independence means we strive to work with you one on one to identify what in your life is hindering you from achieving it then work together to identify what resources, supports and services are available to make those happen. If needed we will also advocate to ensure that the communities, we live in are integrated and inclusive.

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News & Resources

Training, News, & Useful Links

ECI’s goal is to ensure that you have up-to-date information about not only what we are doing at ECI but also what is happening that affects our community as a whole.

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2023 Participant Holiday Party

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December 13, 2023 12noon – 4:00pm Doubletree by Hilton Norfolk 1500 N. Military Highway, Norfolk   The party is open to CENTER...
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ECI Honors Cheryl Simpson for 40 Years of Service

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A message from ECI Executive Director, Nichole Davis Cheryl Simpson has been vital to the Endependence Center for the past 40 years. Though...
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November 2023 Newsletter

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The November 2023 Newsletter can be viewed or downloaded below, in either .pdf or Microsoft Word....
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How You Can Help ECI!

The Endependence Center, as a non-profit organization, is continually pursuing funds necessary to serve the South Hampton Roads area. Your donation can make possible the continuation and expansion of needed services to individuals with disabilities in the community.

All donations are secure and processed through paypal.

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Personal Info

Donation Total: $25.00

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