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ECNV's Voter Registration Drive 

When? August 16 and 18, 2-4 p.m.

Where? ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305 Arlington, VA 

Stop by ECNV on August 16th and 18th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. for our Voter Registration Drive where staff will work with you one-on-one to help you prepare and register for the November elections. 

The Voter Registration Drive will provide individuals with disabilities residing in Northern VA with:

•       Registration forms and an overview on how to fill them out

•      Help consumers find the closest voting locations

•       Review the proper documents REQUIRED to vote

•       How to obtain an Absentee Ballot

•       And any other questions that you may have!

Note: Please contact ECNV at or 703-525-3268 if you are unable to attend the above dates and times and we will be glad to set up an appointment to meet with you on a different date.

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ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia
Annual Holiday Party - A Season for Celebrations

Join us on
Saturday, December 12, 2015
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
4301 Wilson Blvd. #803, Arlington, VA 22203

RSVP to or (703) 525-3268. ASL interpreters will be provided. Please let us know of any other accommodation requests.

Meet James Garrett, ECNV’s new Executive Director!

Light Fare • Conversation • Music

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated!

Please consider making an online donation or send a check made payable to ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22201. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Please see the attached flyers for more information or go to our website at!

DOWNLOAD - A Season for Celebrations flyer 2015



The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, a peer-run nonprofit in Arlington serving individuals with all types of disabilities, seeks a Peer Mentor to provide peer counseling, I&R, advocacy, independent living skills training, and transition services to Northern Virginia residents with disabilities. You must have the lived experience of having a disability to serve in this role. We seek a compassionate, friendly professional who is familiar with a variety of community resources. You should have an understanding of disability law, low-to-moderate income housing regulations, and knowledge of emergency assistance channels.

Please see the attached Peer Mentor application for a complete job description or go to our website at:

To apply for this position, send your resume and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience to or fax it to (703) 525-3585, Attn: Personnel. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 13.

DOWNLOAD - Peer_Mentor_Job_description



The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) is seeking an experienced, mission- and results-driven, proactive individual to serve as Executive Director. ECNV is the Center for Independent Living serving Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church in Northern Virginia. The candidate must be able to provide leadership on service provision, education on issues of concern to people with disabilities, and meet organization’s financial goals. A commitment to consumer-directed services and understanding of Independent Living philosophy is required.

Please see the attached document for a complete job description.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume, with salary requirement, to by COB Monday, August 24, 2015. Qualified candidates with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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Do you work with individuals with disabilities actively seeking employment or preparing to transition into independent living?

The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) is featuring disability employment expert Dale Brown at our next

EXCEL! Networking meeting on Thursday, February 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Topic: “Informational Interview Strategies for Individuals with Disabilities”

Dale is a published author, employment specialist, national presenter. This information-packed seminar will explain:

  • Benefits of interviewing professionals in your field, or in a field you are trying to break into
  • How to use informational interviews to get influential references
  • How gaps in work history and other obstacles may be overcome by the right contacts
  • What to ask and how

The seminar is at:
2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22201
To RSVP, call (703) 525-3268 or email

Please see the  flyer for more information.
Also let us know if you wish to be added to our e-mail list for educational and social events.

About the Presenter

Dale Brown, a nationally known disability employment specialist, will lead an Excel workshop on informational interview strategies Thursday, February 19, 1-3 pm at ECNV.  Dale is an author, speaker, and strategic leadership consultant. Her most recent book is Steps to Independence for People with Learning Disabilities.

She also coauthored Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People who have Disabilities with Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? 

She has written three other books;

Dale has worked for the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Department of Labor.  She has spoken at over one thousand national, state, and local conferences and symposia on disability issues. Topics include employment, job accommodation, self-help, and other related issues.

And much more!



ECNV_sqProceeds will help individuals with disabilities live more independently through services provided by the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) in Arlington

Pre-owned Walkers, Leg Braces, Personal Care Items, Wheelchairs and much more on sale!

Used Canes &Crutches Starting at $5

Check out flyer download here: Download Flyer

ECNV will be displaying surplus equipment* for sale at the
Arlington Civitan Flea Market - Saturday, May 3, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Flea Market is held in the I-66 garage located at 15th and Stafford Street in North Arlington.
The garage is adjacent to the Arlington Education building and Planetarium. 


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Who We Are

The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, Inc. (ECNV)
is a 501(c)(3) community-based resource and advocacy center managed by and for people with disabilities.

We provide free peer counseling, travel training, job search and Medicaid Waiver services for people with mental, physical, neurological, and developmental disabilities.

Our mission is to empower people with disabilities to live independently.

2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 525-3268 -

*ECNV is grateful for donations of pre-owned mobility and other equipment. Our primary focus is to re-donate such equipment to others it will benefit in our community. In the case of very specialized items or those that have been here a long time, ECNV sells those items to fund the purchase of other equipment and services that are in demand.


ECNV Seeks Director of Community Services

The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, the center for independent living in Northern Virginia, is accepting applications for a director of community services.

The position provides programmatic oversight; supervises frontline staff; participates in the senior management team; explores grant and contract opportunities; develops programmatic components of federal, state, and local grant and contract proposals; researches potential funders for existing and projected programs; writes grant proposals; supervises statistical and demographic reporting with particular emphasis on core independent living service delivery; provides program development; liaisons to assigned board committees; and delivers presentations before community groups and agencies.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on September 9. Learn more.

Thanks to Fairfax County Disability Services and ECNV

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