ECNV Newsletter: October
In this edition, we celebrate National Disability Awareness month with a blog post from one of our newest staff member, Earnst Ilang-Ilang. A representative from Ablenow will share how to save money and still keep benefits. People. Animals. Love visits ECNV's social group.

Disabled and Proud: Leading Change 

Upcoming Events

Online Conference for College Students or Perspective Students with Disabilities.
Thursday, October 11, through Saturday, October 13, 2018
Where: Online

Disabled and Proud: Leading Change will be held online from Thursday, October 11, through Saturday, October 13, 2018. This is a conference for students by students with disabilities, focused on giving students the models, resources, and tools they need as leaders for campus change to improve accessibility, inclusion, and the campus climate for people with disabilities. Register Here!

November 1st 12-1pm at ECNV
RSVP by 10/31 to

Want financial security and still keep your benefits?

More independence, greater financial security and a better quality of life – that’s the future ABLEnow is building. Join Rebecca Lyons for an information session to discover the advantages of ABLE accounts and the national ABLEnow program, one of the fastest-growing ABLE programs in the country. Learn how to save for today’s needs or invest for tomorrow in a simple, affordable and tax-advantaged account that won’t impact certain disability benefits.

Tuesday , November 13 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Cascades Library
21030 Whitfield Place
Sterling, VA United States 20164

Loudoun Endependence hosts workshop, to address ways aging and disabled populations can address common challenges of inaccessibility in the home while facing debilitating cognitive and physical mobility decline.
The session includes speakers, Claire Kelly, an occupational therapist and Certified Aging in Place (CAP) Specialist working in Virginia and DC, owner of Live Well Home Modification Consulting, and LEND staff will briefly overview their programs as well as discuss care-giving resources, and county, state and federal housing supplemental/financial programs that may provide some funding for your home modification project if you qualify. 

*If you require reasonable accommodations please notify Tracee Garner at least 48hrs before the event. Please rsvp.
Contact: Tracee Garner

Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30 pm.
4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

ECNV would like to invite all friends and supporters to our 2018 Annual Winter Gala!
The event is FREE to attend and sponsorship is appreciated. It will include food, refreshments, live music, and an opportunity for community members to mingle and celebrate the holiday season, so don't miss out!

To RSVP or sponsor our event please register here , email us at
or call 703-525-3268

ECNV is committed to complying with the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA). Sign Language Interpreters and CART will be available at the event.
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 Friday October 26th 5:30-7:30 Happy Hour. Restaurant in Arlington TBA

The ENDependence Social Group , Friday, October 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 305, Arlington VA 22201. Join us for food and fun for $5!
To RSVP email or call 703-525-3268

TGIF Social Group will be meeting for dinner at Sawatdee on Friday, October 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., ,  2250 Clarendon Blvd. Court House Plaza Arlington, Virginia 22201 . You are warmly invited to join us! To RSVP email or call 703-525-3268
ECNV Spotlight

By Elizabeth Kumar, Communications Manager

On Friday September 28th , volunteers from PALs visited ECNV's Connect4 Social Groups event Pups and Pupperoni. Everyone had fun hanging out with these amazing dogs. PALs is an nonprofit organization that provides therapy dogs to the DC metropolitan area. In addition to the pet visit program they have clubs and camps for many low income children. The find out more about PAL visit For more pictures from this event click on the title above.

By Earnst Ilang-Ilang , Peer Mentor / IL Specialist
This introductory blogpost is penned by Earnst, one of our newest members at ECNV. As a formal mental health clinician, he describes the importance of taking charge of one’s destiny despite adversity. He also shares his own personal struggle and disability, in an effort to inspire others to forge their own path. 
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to ECNV
Follow Us on Social Media