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Pigs Are Everywhere!

Look for Red Piggy Banks waiting for you to feed them with coins at local  businesses around Loudoun County.

LEND’s Million Coin Challenge is in full swing. This fundraiser will help LEND assist people with disabilities in Loudoun and everywhere we go and it has been a surefire hit; so much so, that about 40 Loudoun businesses, so far, have agreed to “host a pig” for us.

This means if you see a pig with LEND’s name on it at your local store, please consider it an invitation for you to dig down deep and find all that loose change and feed it to our pigs.

For a complete list of businesses hosting pigs, visit us on the ECNV website ( and click on the LEND page. Keep in mind that their willingness to “host a pig” means that they believe in what the missions, goals and objectives of LEND, and ECNV, are all about, which is serving citizens with disabilities and ultimately ENDing dependence. Help us reach our Million Coin goal!

If you hear of a business that might be willing to “host a pig”, please have them call or e-mail Bill Ward at 571-291-9550 or Piggy Banks can also be picked up from  Kelly at the Loudoun Chamber Office – 703-777-2176.

From the Summer 2012 Declaration


June 29, 2012 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

The Justin Dart Legacy

There are many places on the Internet where one can read a biography-type piece about Justin Dart; but rather than linking to one of those bios, I find it more appealing to write about what Justin’s life meant to me.  I did have the honor of meeting Justin on a few occasions, but I can’t say that I knew him well or anything like that.  One thing, though, that I think I do know pretty well is that we must, as he frequently said, “Lead on!”

When I consider that simple two-word phrase, it always makes me proud.  I mean, this is from one of the people who was very influential in developing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, of course, was with George H. W. Bush, cowboy hat and all, when he signed it into law on July 26, 1990, and he’s telling me to “Lead on?”  Wow!  That’s humbling.

Now I don’t mean to make it sound like I think I’m a leader in the disability community, I’m not.  However, I don’t think Justin meant that we needed to be national (or even state) publicly recognized figures to be leaders.  There are different ways of leading and we can all do it somehow.  Some of “lead” by organizing groups to actively advocate for equality and human rights; others may “lead” by being active behind the scenes and doing what’s necessary for equality and human rights without being in the spotlight; still others even “lead” by example, by just living their own lives as best they can.  What’s important is that we all find our way to “lead on.”  That’s not always easy to do, but it’s something we all should try to do.

Of course Justin had his own family, and Yoshiko and his daughters carry on Justin’s work very admirably.  However, I think in some way we can all consider ourselves part of Justin Dart’s family, and as such we must “Lead on!”

By Tony Trott, Peer Mentor

June 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

President’s Note

The ECNV Board PresidentHaving served in many capacities at the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) for over the past three decades, I am excited to celebrate ECNV’s 30th anniversary with you at our Gala on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at the Westin Arlington Gateway in the Ballston section of Arlington. The Gala will provide us with a great opportunity to commemorate our past, celebrate our successes, and focus on future goals to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities in Northern Virginia.

This will also enable the ECNV community to express our gratitude to our outgoing Executive Director David Burds who will retire at the end of October. Reaching out to the ECNV community, I assembled a dynamic Search Committee to begin the search for a new Executive Director. The announcement will be distributed in the coming days and will be posted on our website.

ECNV has grown significantly over the past thirty years. 2012 will afford the Northern Virginia community a chance to reenergize and revitalize our Independent Living core services and resource development to garner support for innovative programs and services that our consumers direct to meet the needs of our community.

I am happy to report that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority approved our application to continue to provide travel training to individuals with disabilities to use the Metrorail and Metrobus, giving them access to participate in their community for work, recreation, and/or education.

These are exciting times for ECNV and the Board and I look forward to working with you to better meet the needs of our consumers over the next thirty years!

ECNV Board President Marcie Goldstein

June 18, 2012 at 11:38 am Leave a comment

Executive Director to Retire

David Burds

David Burds

I have recently informed my Board of Directors and staff at ECNV that I will be resigning/retiring from ECNV. The Board and I agreed that I would stay on until October 31, 2012 to allow adequate time for a smooth transition to a new Executive Director.Another reason I will stay until the end of October is because I wish to be around for the Gala on October 20th celebrating the 30th Anniversary of ECNV. In 1982, when ECNV opened its doors I was a volunteer for its first year of existence. I left to work with IBM for the next 12 years. When IBM went through a major downsizing in 1995, I came back to ECNV as the Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Coordinator and later served as the Director of Administration and have been the Executive Director since 2007.

Over the years there are so many of you that I have grown to know and love and the fact that I will be staying until the end of October will allow plenty of time for goodbyes!

David Burds at the Grand Opening of ECNV in 1982

David Burds in 1982

I have thoroughly enjoyed (I’d even say loved) working at ECNV – consumers, participants, staff, Board members, volunteers, and many, many others have earned a special place in my heart and they’ll always be there.

Our mission is to assist and empower people with disabilities to become more independent. I hope I have been able to be a part of this mission.

Since I’ll still be around until October 31st this year, I will have a lot more to say between now and then! Also I hope many of you will join us at the 30th Anniversary Gala on October 20, 2012. You will hear more about the Gala in the coming months.

By David Burds, ECNV Executive Director
Article from the ECNV Declaration (Summer 2012 Edition)

June 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

From the Editor

Tony Trott

Tony Trott

It’s always something! And as you can see from the story to the right, it’s pretty big news for ECNV.Yes, we are losing an Executive Director that we will miss, but it’s not like he’s disappearing, never to be heard from again! Dave will still be around and we know that he’s there to help us out to the best of his ability if we just ask.

And “the best of his ability” is pretty darn good! He offers us all a prime example of what independent living really is all about.

We’ll miss you Dave! But you can rest assured thatwe’ll keep the IL Movement going forward!


By Tony Trott, ECNV Peer Mentor & Editor
Article from the ECNV Declaration (Summer 2012 Edition)

June 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

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