ECNV Newsletter: January
In this edition, we discuss how successful ECNV Winter Gala was and our staff member Earnst Ilang-Ilang discusses how to keep your new year's resolutions. We also announce ECNV new office location. There are several events coming up so mark your calendars!

Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Wakefield High School Aquatic Center 1325 S. Wakefield Street Arlington, VA 22206 ( map )
We are inviting people of all abilities to join us for this Diveheart Scuba Experience Program!

Time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Volunteers please arrive at 10 am

This event is completely free and open to everyone, regardless of ability or familiarity with scuba diving For more information, please contact:
Rosemary Ciotti-  703-309-8601


When: March 7th 12-1:30 pm
Where: ECNV 2300 Clarendon Blvd Suite 250 Arlington, VA 22201

Shelesha Taylor from the DisAbility Law Center of Virginia will do a presentation on self-advocacy in regard to paratransit rights.
The presentations are geared to educate staff, advocates, individuals with disabilities, and community service providers about identifying and addressing issues related to paratransit/curb side transportation. Many of the “frequently asked questions” about paratransit will be answered and discussed and information on how to report violations and barriers to paratransit services will be explained as well.

When: April 18th 12-1:30 pm
Where: ECNV 2300 Clarendon Blvd Suite 250 Arlington, VA 22201

Disability Rights Advocates from the disability Law Center of Virginia will present on issues related to employment and disability. The Center believes that everyone should be employed to their maximum potential and will examine issues such as employment rights under the ADA, reasonable accommodations, and vocational rehabilitation services.
You can RSVP by emailing or calling (703) 525-3268. Please include any accommodation needs & pass along this information to job-hunting consumers.

If you have received any services from the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) or LEND, we’d like your feedback. Your input helps improve the quality of our services and ensures we are meeting your needs.
Social Groups

Connect4 Social Hour (ages 18-39)
When: February 15th 5:30 - 7:30pm
Where: Mister Days 3100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
RSVP: Email or call 703 -525-3268

The ENDependence Social Group
When: Friday, January 18th
Where: D elhi Dhaba 2424 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201 5:30-7:30 p.m
RSVP : Email or call 703-525-3268

TGIF Social Group
When: Friday January 4 , 5:30-7:30 p.m
Where: Silver Diner 3200 Wilson Blvd Arlington, Virginia 22201 .
RSVP: Email or call 703-525-3268
ECNV Spotlight

By: Elizabeth Kumar, Communications Manager

The Endependence Center of Northern Virginia had it's Annual Winter Gala on December 18th 2018 at the NRECA. We had various programs and entertainment at the Gala. Our keynote speaker Delegate Marcus Simon spoke or various topics including changes to Medicaid.
By Elizabeth Kumar, Communications Manager

ECNV is excited to announce we have moved from the third level of 2300 Clarendon Blvd to the second level suite number 250. Our hours remain the same. Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, or by appointment only. Please update your contact list!
By Earnst Ilang-Ilang , Travel Trainer / IL Specialist

New Year’s Day is a special holiday for most people – it represents many different translations; whether it’s renewal, hope, optimism, or to put it mildly, an escape from the mistakes of the previous year. I have always been fascinated with the coming of a new year, mainly due to the reasons I stated earlier, but I also get to see other’s motivations and stories that they tell themselves. The most common theme within embracing the new year is the “New Year’s Resolution”. 
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