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Endependence Center
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Core Services

Publications

NEWSLETTER:

July 2024 Newsletter Cover Page

July 2024 Newsletter Cover Page

The July 2024 Newsletter can be viewed in either .pdf or Microsoft Word format by clicking here or the image to the left. 

PODCAST:

The latest episode of ECI’s participant-driven podcast, “What’s Bugging You?” can be played below. For more information about this episode or other ways to listen, click here.

What is New

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Consumer Advocacy Committee’s annual ECI Participant Satisfaction Survey can be found by visiting Feedback. For more information about the survey, click here.

OPEN POSITIONS

We’re hiring! Visit Job Opportunities to view open positions and how to apply.
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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.

Want more information about how to remove a barrier or assist with a need you have?

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.

WAIVER VA

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.

ECI Launches Participant-Driven Podcast, “What’s Bugging You?”

Home Page, items of interest, News, Podcasts

Last November, ECI launched a new Independent Living Skills training, “What’s Bugging You,” a training to learn more...
Read More → ECI Launches Participant-Driven Podcast, “What’s Bugging You?”

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Celebrating the ADA and Disability Pride Month Staff Spotlight: Ben White

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Disability Pride Month is celebrated in July to commemorate...
Read More → Celebrating the ADA and Disability Pride Month Staff Spotlight: Ben White

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Celebrating the ADA and Disability Pride Month Staff Spotlight: Amy Ouellette

Home Page, items of interest, Staff

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Disability Pride Month is celebrated in July to commemorate...
Read More → Celebrating the ADA and Disability Pride Month Staff Spotlight: Amy Ouellette

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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