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Endependence Center
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What is New

IMPORTAT UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • ECI Vaccine Incentive Visa card Drawings 
  • NO Pity Book Club
  • Local SEAC Meeting at ECI October 23,2021
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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

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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.

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The Endependence Center has resumed hosting meetings for local Special Education Advisory Committees

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Committee members and other education advocates to join together to share information. The meetings are an opportunity to share what the...
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ECI Consumer Satisfaction Survey

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Your feedback is important. ECI uses a Consumer Satisfaction Survey to get your feedback on services. The results of the survey are shared...
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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. These vaccine incentive drawings are only for...
Read More → ECI Vaccine Incentive VISA Card Drawing

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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