A model for other Independent Living Centers
Arlington, VA – The EN Dependence Center of Northern Virginia, Inc. (ECNV) is a group based asset and support focus oversaw by and for individuals with handicaps.
ECNV encourages an autonomous living theory and equivalent access for all persons paying little mind to the handicap. It uses customer control and distributed connections to engage individuals with physical, mental, subjective and tactile in capacities to assume responsibility of their lives. Like 15 different communities for free living in Virginia, and almost 400 across the nation, ECNV developed from neighborhood handicap rights and self improvement developments.
Among ECNV’S objectives are for individuals with inabilities to enhance the nature of their lives; let them decide their own particular ways of life; let them take an interest in all parts of society;secure their human and social equality; and guarantee a framework for customer control and strategy course.
”At ECNV, we need to furnish the administrations individuals with handicaps need to live freely,” said Brewster Thackeray, official chief, ECNV. Thackeray is one of 16 individuals utilized full time at the ECNV. Thackeray says the Center helps with regards to 600 individuals every year with numerous administrations and hundreds more with individual administrations.
In the spring of 1981, individuals from Handicaps Unlimited of Northern Virginia (HUNV), a neighborhood coalition of nationals with incapacities that was a piece of a bigger statewide association, were serving on the Fairfax County Committee on the International Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP). One of the IYDP panel’s objectives was to build up an autonomous living focus (ILC) for Northern Virginia.
The assistance of people with handicaps and group activists from Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church was enrolled, and a subcommittee, led by Tony Young, composed a proposition. The board’s vision was to set up a group asset focus that could: help persons with in capacities to discover open lodging, transportation, and individual partner administrations important for group living; give free living abilities preparing and data about group administrations and assets serving the inability group; illuminate residents with handicaps about their rights and give them preparing to upgrade their self-and gathering promotion aptitudes; increase and empower the individual’s endeavors through companion guiding and bolster; and give preparing and referral of individual associates through a registry that the middle would keep up and overhaul.
The Center’s model was the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, and it turned into the model for different focuses that were begun in groups all through the nation. In 1978, the U.S. Congress passed Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act, which gave monies to a seed award project to help states to begin group based autonomous living focuses.
The board of trustees that arranged the proposition prompting the establishing of ECNV exhibited it to the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS). DRS was the main association in the state that would apply for the government Title VII subsidizes that could give monies to begin the middle.
DRS agents loved the proposition and worked with the IYDP Committee to submit it to the U.S. Division of Education. In September 1981 the Center was subsidized.
The name ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, Inc. was stressed the inside’s central goal to end superfluous reliance by people with incapacities and to urge them to take control of their own lives through self-coordinated choice making. Subsequent to HUNV was a customer run support association, DRS was guaranteed that individuals with handicaps would be included in the administration and operation of the inside, as is required by Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act.
ECNV opened on April 1, 1982. In January 1985, ECNV was consolidated as a detached, not-revenue driven enterprise and HUNV surrendered its formal connection with the inside.
. ECNV serves as a meeting place for inability backing and care groups. Gatherings and people with inabilities that utilization ECNV’s office for gatherings incorporate hierarchical gatherings or center gatherings from the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing groups, the Blind and Low Vision groups, the Mental Health group, the Developmental Disabilities groups and promoters from Capitol Area ADAPT. ECNV is regarded to routinely play host to ADAPT, whose pioneers are among the persevering inner voice of the handicap backing group.
With its geographic closeness to the country’s capital, support by ECNV staff and volunteers has been instrumental in securing the sanctioning of nearby, state and government enactment that guarantees the social liberties of persons with inabilities. They are: The Fairfax County Human Rights Ordinance (1982); The Virginians with Disabilities Act (1985); The Voting Rights Act for Persons with Disabilities (1986); The Virginia Human Rights Act (1988); The U.S. Reasonable Housing Act Amendments of 1988;The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); The Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992 and 1998; and The Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999.
ECNV has teamed up with other Virginia CILs and the Disability Services Boards (DSBs) to advocate effectively for enactment by the Virginia General Assembly that has essentially expanded the administrations accessible to help Virginians with in capacities.
HJR 125 which prompt the foundation of a buyer coordinated, individual chaperon administrations alternative in Virginia’s Medicaid home and group based administrations waiver program, giving persons with inabilities and seniors the decision of overseeing and coordinating their own administrations;
The Virginia Assistive Technology Loan Fund, an open private association that gives ensured, low-intrigue credits so that people with handicaps can buy required Assistive innovation for home, work and school;
The Virginia Assistive Technology Device Warranty Act, otherwise called the Virginia Assistive Technology Lemon Law, which guarantees guarantee assurance is given when persons handicaps and seniors purchase Assistive innovation items made and sold in Virginia; and Authorizing enactment for the Visit-ability-Accessibility Tax Credit that permits property holders to get an expense credit of up to $500 in any asses-sable year for home adjustments that make an abode more available to people with inabilities.
Expanded subsidizing for move administrations for youth with handicaps, the DRS-supported Personal Assistance Services Program, for the operation of DSBs, and for CILs themselves.
In 1997, working with nearby DSBs, ECNV built up a satellite system situated in Manassas to serve Fauquier and Prince William Counties and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. In 1999, ECNV’s satellite project turned into an undeniable free CIL, and is presently called Independence Empowerment Center. ECNV’s catchment regions now incorporate Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church.
Singular IL administrations are furnished to persons with handicaps who live in Northern Virginia while group administrations are accessible to any invested individual. ECNV administrations around 600 individuals every year and a large portion of that number get lesser administrations. The greater part of ECNC’s administrations are free. One such administration is associate directing.
Peer directing incorporates points identified with living autonomously with a handicap. Cases are lodging, occupation, transportation. An individual can contact any staff part at ECNV to mastermind peer advising.
ECNV works in association with other incapacity associations and group individuals at the nearby, state and government administrative levels. Its objective is not to recreate existing administrations, yet rather to advocate for compelling administration conveyance that places the member in control of administration conveyance that addresses his or her issues. Peer Counselors and other staff might help members with individual support issues, for example, getting to advantages, professional recovery and different administrations. Members might be keen on promotion help to get or look after instruction, preparing, work or assistive gadgets.
ECNC members might guide their Peer Counselor to help them on an individual premise to create free living aptitudes in a wide range of territories.
Individual Assistance here and there called specialist consideration, is assisting with an assortment of exercises, for example, getting up, showering, or dinner arrangement.
ECNV keeps up a PAS registry, or rundown of people why should accessible give individual help. The registry offers buyers a decent asset for discovering suppliers, huge numbers of whom have home medicinal services preparing and are willing to work at a commonly pleasing rate that can be lower than winning rates charged by home consideration offices. The registry, which is overhauled all the time, might be gotten in response to popular demand from the PAS Coordinator.
Different administrations incorporate care group and travel preparing.
Extra group administrations incorporate instructive administrations, Information and Referral Services and promotion.
Thackeray says the greatest test ECNV appearances is they are requested that accomplish more with less cash. Their cash originates from the central government, state, region governments and different sources.