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Fellow Advocates,

Happy Holidays, everyone!  ECNV was started and began fighting for the right of people with disabilities to live their lives as independently as possible over 30 years ago and those rights that the disabled community has secured always require due vigilance.

ECNV asks for your help to maintain and continue that vigilance and the battle for increased independent living. This year, ECNV experienced a 34% growth in individuals achieving their independent living goals of learning to use the transit system, going to work and moving from a nursing home to the community. ECNV also offers service facilitation to about 250 people who are on the Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) Medicaid Waiver in order to help them live in our communities instead of institutions. There is a growing need and we are here to serve our constituency.

As this letter is being written, ECNV, similar to nearly every person and organization in the nation, is not entirely sure of the extent of financial insecurity that will result if we go over the fiscal cliff. What we are sure of though, is that ECNV must be available to help individuals with disabilities increase their independence.

Our budget is small and based primarily on federal, state and local funding. There is no question that secure funding enables us to provide more and better services in the community, help individuals with disabilities increase their independence, and, make the community more inclusive! Please consider making a donation to ECNV today (with Visa or MasterCard on the enclosed form, check (made payable to ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia; or by using PayPal and making a donation from

Your generous support will help to keep our organization able to serve those who need our vital services for the next 30 years. Thank you!






Soula Antoniou

Interim Executive Director

For your convenience, here is a link to a donation form that you can print out to mail in.  Thanks again for helping ECNV “END dependence!”

ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV)
2300 Clarendon Boulevard
Suite 305
Arlington, VA  22201

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703-525-3553 (TTY)
703-525-3585 (Fax)


December 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

Everybody Has Something

Judy-Lausanne615I just finished reading an article about Judith Scott on the website of the Atlantic ( Judith Scott was the first artist with Down Syndrome to have her work featured in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and then in permanent collections in New York, London, and Paris.

As the title of this post says, everybody has something. Sometimes it may take longer or more effort to find out what that something is, but it feels good when you find it out!

Tony Trott, Peer Mentor

December 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

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