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Loudoun ENDependence (LEND, an ECNV Satellite) plans to have a fundraiser called a Million Coin Challenge. Funds raised help us assist people with disabilities in Loudoun County achieve their independent living goals. With your help we will be able to achieve our Goal to collect one million coins. Watch in upcoming ECNV Monthly Calendars for ways to participate. 

LEND made presentations at the Loudoun Legislators Public Hearing on Jan. 4th and the Town Hall Meeting hosted by Delegate LeMunyon on Jan.7th. We thank them for the opportunity to bring some disability issues to them.  They look forward to hearing from other consumers.

By Bill Ward, LEND Director
Article from the ECNV Declaration (Winter 2012 Edition)

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February 24, 2012 at 9:04 am Leave a comment

Whitehouse Disability Call

Hello Everyone,

In order to help keep you more informed, we host monthly calls to update you on various disability issues as well as to introduce you to persons who work on disability issues in the Federal government.

This call is open to everyone, and we strongly urge and ask that you distribute this email broadly to your networks and listservs so that everyone has the opportunity to learn this valuable information.

If you received this email as a forward but would like to be added to the White House Disability Group email distribution list, please visit our website at http://www.whitehouse.gov/disability-issues-contact and fill out the "contact us" form in the disabilities section, or you can email us at disability@who.eop.gov and provide your full name, city, state, and organization.

We will continue to answer the questions and issues many of you raised through disability.gov. So, dial in to hear if we answer your question or address your issue.

We also will have other presenters on the call.

I would encourage you to call in about five minutes early due to the large volume of callers.

The conference call information is below.

  • Date of Call: 2/29/2012
  • Start Time: 3:00 p.m. EST (dial in 5 minutes early)
  • Dial in: (800) 230-1766
  • Code: “White House Monthly Disability Call”

For live captioning, at the start time of the event, please login by  clicking on the link below. Please only use this feature if you are deaf or hard of hearing. http://www.fedrcc.us//Enter.aspx?EventID=1907398&CustomerID=321

This call is off the record and not for press purposes.  

Credit to the White House Disability Group

February 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

Conference Call to Discuss Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

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Hello everyone,

If you would like to read the budget fact sheet Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities and other fact sheets about the President’s 2013 Budget, please visit this link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget_factsheets_key/ .

On Wednesday, February 15th at 2:00 p.m. EST, please join Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy, for a conference call to discuss President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget. This call will highlight the Obama Administration’s budget priorities and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Please RSVP here to join us and learn more.

  • WHAT: White House Budget Update
  • WHEN: Wednesday, February 15th 
  • Start Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Dial In: (800) 762-4758
  • Passcode Title: White House Budget Update

For captioning go here at the time of the call http://www.fedrcc.us//Enter.aspx?EventID=1905629&CustomerID=321 . Please only use this feature if you are deaf or hard of hearing.

If you received this email as a forward from someone else and you’d like to receive updates on disability issues directly from the White House, send us an email at disability@who.eop.gov and we will sign you up.

This call is off the record and not for press purposes.

Credit to the White House

February 15, 2012 at 9:33 am Leave a comment

ECNV 30 Years Old

David Burds

It seems like just last week that we celebrated our 25th Anniversary. These last five years have flown by and the older I get the faster the years fly. Five years ago we still resided at 3100 Clarendon Blvd., a great location, but a rent increase made it a lot less attractive. 

In 2012 we will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary. We’ve begun planning for three separate events over the course of this year. The present plans entail a Founders Reception/Open House in April, a 5K or 10K race this summer, and in the fall we are planning for a 30th Anniversary Gala celebration. 

We enter our 30th year expanding programs and providing increased services to people with disabilities. Recently ECNV qualified to become an Employment Network and will be providing support services in getting people with disabilities into the workforce. We have also redoubled our efforts with the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program to assist those who wish to move from institutions into the community. We have just completed a two year demonstration grant to provide Travel Training (bus and rail) to people with disabilities. It’s a valuable program that we are actively seeking funding to continue and we believe we have been successful in acquiring it. Go to http://www.ecnv.org to learn about the Travel Training program and other programs and services. 

As we hold events this year, please join us. As we continue our mission of empowering others with disabilities, be our support in whatever means possible.  

A Happy New Year to all.

By David Burds, ECNV Executive Director
Article from the ECNV Declaration (Winter 2011 Edition)

February 14, 2012 at 8:35 am Leave a comment

2012 Virginia General Assembly Session

Governor Robert McDonnell presented his proposed Budget for the next two Fiscal Years in December. Delegations of Virginia Senators and Delegates from various locales held hearings and forums in the first month of this year to get your input on changes that need to be made to the Governor’s proposed Budget. ECNV hopes you were able to attend one of the events to tell your legislators what is important to you and to advocate for all people with disabilities. 

In case you weren’t able to attend one of the hearings, there is still time to contact your representatives in Richmond! If you’re not sure who represents your locale, you can use the Who’s My Legislator tool on the Virginia General Assembly website (http://legis.virginia.gov). You really must contact the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Health and Human Resources Subcommittees right away because they will be making decisions about the proposed state budget for the next two years, including what stays in and what doesn’t, between now and February 17. On February 19, the Health & Human Resources (HHR) subcommittee will report out to the full Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees, which will then report their budget recommendations for action by their respective chambers during the next week.

What follows are the 2012 Legislative Priorities as laid out by the Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living (VACIL): 

(1) Stabilize funding for independent living services. The budget for 2012 reduces funding for core independent living services by 7.5% or over $306,000 provided by Centers for Independent Living (CILs). The Governor’s proposed budget further reduces funding for these services by over $87,000! The reductions will result in fewer independent living services to people who are trying to stay out of nursing facilities and other institutions. Services provided by CILs are important and an additional $394,619 is needed to restore funding at the FY09 funding level. 

(2) Reduce waiting lists for the Medicaid Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver and Intellectual Disabilities (ID) Waiver. The DD Waiver provides services for, among others, people with autism which is according to various nonprofit agencies, the “fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.” We must decrease the number of people on waiting lists for these two Waivers by increasing funding and opening more slots. 

(3) Maintain current monthly income limits for Medicaid Waiver eligibility. Right now, the monthly income limit to receive Waiver services is over $2,000 and the Gov’s proposed budget would reduce that limit to under $1750. This would make fewer people eligible for Waiver services and therefore, unless they can pay out-of-pocket for required services, place them at much greater risk for institutionalization. 

(4) Maintain personal care services available through the Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) Waiver. Last year, the General Assembly placed a 56-hour per week cap on personal care services. The proposed budget reduces that cap to 48 hours. 

(5) Reinstate funding for the Consumer Services Fund to enable Virginians with disabilities, who are eligible, to attain Assistive Technology. 

Members of the Senate Finance HHR Subcommittee are Emmett Hanger (R-24), Janet Howell (D-32), John Watkins (R-10), Yvonne Miller (D-5), Henry Marsh III (D-16), Ryan McDougle (R-4), and Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-27).

Of note, are Hanger (as he is the Chairman and he is sponsoring an IL Budget Amendment), Howell (as she represents Arlington and Fairfax), Vogel (as she represents part of Loudoun). Richard Saslaw (D-35) is also a good contact as he is on the full Finance Cmte. and he is the Senate leader on the Democrat side.

Members of the House Appropriations HHR Subcommittee are: Riley Ingram (R-62), Steven Landes (R-25), Chris Jones (R-26), John O’Bannon, III (R-73), Robert Brink (D-48), Onzlee Ware (D-11), and Rosalyn Dance (D-63).

Of note are Ingram (as he is the Chairman) and Brink (as he represents Arlington and Fairfax). Del. Brink is also sponsoring an IL Amendment so ECNV encourages thanking him for that.

Article from the ECNV Declaration (Winter 2012 Edition)

February 1, 2012 at 8:31 am Leave a comment


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