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Endependence Center
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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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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.

Flyer with text that reads "Families and Professionals Interested in Special Education - Let Your Voice Be Heard! The Commission on Youth, a bipartisan legislative commission of the Virginia General Assembly, is conducting a study on how to improve Virginia’s special education dispute resolution processes. Your perspective is crucial in shaping Virginia’s complaint, mediation, and due process systems for resolving special education disputes. The Commission is eager to hear from you, whether you've been involved or have insights to share. The Commission, in collaboration with PEATC, is organizing a series of four in-person listening sessions and one virtual session. These sessions are designed to provide a way for you to share your experiences and suggestions for improving Virginia's special education dispute resolution process. Using information from the listening sessions and analysis of other data, the Commission will develop a report and present recommendations for improvement of the special education disputeresolution system to the General Assembly for their consideration. Public comment will be limited to 5 minutes so that everyone has a chance to speak. Virtual Session: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. June 20 - Spanish language interpretation available if requested by June 13th; In-Person Sessions: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; June 24 - Wytheville Meeting Center, 333 Community Blvd, Wytheville, VA; June 25 - Twin Hickory Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, VA; June 26 - Conference Center at Courthouse Plaza, 2nd floor, 2300 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA; June 27 - Endependence Center, Inc. 6300 E. Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA. Register Here: All sessions will have American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation.Stakeholders who speak a language other than English may providewritten comments in their native language at any of the in-personevents, which will be translated later for the Commission. | 800-869-6782 |" The top of the flyer has a handdrawn bull horn. On the bottom left is the PEATC logo and on the bottom right is the Seal of Virginia. The PEATC logo is a star shape above "PEATC" and the Seal of Virginia is a woman wearing a helmet and holding a spear and sword, stepping on a man with a crown on the ground near his head. The top of the Seal has "Virginia" and the bottom has "Sic Semper Tyrannis."

Families & Professionals Interested in Special Education – Let Your Voice Be Heard!

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The 2024 General Assembly mandated that the Commission on Youth, a bipartisan legislative commission of the General Assembly, conduct a...
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Virginia Relay to Hold June Town Hall Meetings

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Join Virginia Relay on Thursday, June 13 at 10:30am or 6:30pm to learn more about programs and services for individuals who are Deaf, hard...
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June 2024 Newsletter Cover Page

June 2024 Newsletter

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The June 2024 Newsletter can be viewed or downloaded below in either .pdf or Word format....
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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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Donation Total: $25.00

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