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Endependence Center
Disability Advocacy & Services

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What is New


  • September 10, 2021 – ECI webinar on  COVID-19 Vaccine 
  • ECI Vaccine Incentive Visa card Drawings on November 15,2021 Register Now
  • NO Pity Book Club
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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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Benefits (WIPA)

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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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Kick-off National Disability Voter Registration Week

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with REV UP Virginia and Commissioner Christopher Piper, Virginia Department of Elections Monday, September 13, 2021 3:00 PM– 4:00 PM...
Read More → Kick-off National Disability Voter Registration Week

ECI Covid Vaccine

ECI Vaccine Incentive VISA Card Drawing

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ECI will also be holding three Vaccine Incentive Program drawings for a VISA card. All drawings will be on Monday, November 15, 2021,...
Read More → ECI Vaccine Incentive VISA Card Drawing

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Vaccine Incentive Program

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ECI will be hosting two webinars as part of the Vaccine Incentive Program. Friday, September 10, 2021ECI Webinar on Vaccinations...
Read More → Vaccine Incentive Program

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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