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Endependence Center
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What is New

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Visit the News page for details about COVID-19 guidelines for all in-person meetings
  • ECI’s office will be CLOSED Friday, November 11, 2022, in observance of Veteran’s Day
  • ECI will be closed Thursday, November 24, 2022, and Friday November 25, 2022 in observance of Thanksgiving
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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.

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Where to Start

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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.

Endependence Center, Inc. Invites You to Our Annual Holiday Party

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022 12:00pm to 4:00pm at Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center 5655 Greenwich Road,...
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ECI Remembers Michael Wang

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On October 17, 2022, Michael Wang passed away peacefully at 64. ECI looks back fondly and with great reverence for his contributions to the...
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Disability Employment Awareness Month: Part of the Equity Equation

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Disability: Part of the Equity Equation (wtkr.com) Disability: Part of the Equity Equation This is a month meant to celebrate the...
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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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