Independence Empowerment Center is located at:
8409 Dorsey Circle, Suite 101
Manassas, VA 20110.
on October 1, 2013

Phone and fax numbers remain the same.
Phone: +1 703-257-5400
Fax: +1 703-257-5043

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Independence Empowerment Center Needs Volunteers

posted Jan 22, 2019, 12:54 PM by Mary Lopez

Independence Empowerment Center Needs Volunteers

Volunteering Opportunities

1 ADA Celebration—help gather Silent Auction items, complete auction item sheets, etc.

2 Grant Seeking—look for grant opportunities, check for our eligibility, get due date for application and pass information on to Executive Director

3 Wellness Programs—Programs are Chronic Disease Self-Management and Matter of Balance.  Train to be trainers so you can co-lead with other trainers.  

4 Answering Phones/filing—Only answering phones and directing calls to the correct recipients-not fielding the calls. Filing under instruction of the person giving you the filing. 

5 Board Members--Please call Dr. Lopez if you are interested in serving on our Board.  Preference is given to people who have disabilities and/or professionals who can bring their experience to the Board such as attorneys, accountants, occupational therapists, etc.  Board terms are for 3 years with one re-election for a second 3 years. Meetings are every other month on odd months. Prospective Board members will meet with the Board President and/or Executive Director prior to attending a meeting.  If there is mutual interest, an application is completed and then the Person will attend a Board meeting.  After attending the meeting and meeting current board members, and upon the mutual agreement of the Board and the Person, the Board will vote on the Person's Board Membership.  

Please call IEC at 703-257-5400 and ask for Dr. Lopez or extension 117 for questions on any of these five positions. 

Join Us for a Great Course for Finding Ways to Manage your

posted Oct 30, 2018, 7:30 AM by Mary Lopez

Chronic Disease or Disability

Registration is now open for this free Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in

If you have a condition such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain,
anxiety, obesity, depression, pain or other chronic condition, the Live Well, series can help you take
charge of your life. This Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a workshop series given two
and a half hours, once a week.

Classes will be held at Independence Empowerment Center (IEC) on these Tuesdays:
November 13, 20, and 27 and December 4, 11 and 18, 2018; from 9:30-noon; across from the
Prince William Hospital (Novant Health/UVA Health System). Our address is 8409 Dorsey
Circle, Suite 102, Manassas, VA 20110

This program is for you if you
 are an adult with an ongoing health condition or a disability
 want to live the best life possible, with your condition or disability
 would like to gain a sense of control when dealing with issues caused by your condition or
 are a caregiver for a person with a chronic condition or disability

At the workshops, you will get the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue,
discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better
ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health.

Specifically, we will discuss:
 Managing symptoms
 Medication "how-to"
 Working with your healthcare team
 Setting weekly goals
 Effective problem-solving
 How to relax & handle difficult emotions
 Tips for eating well and increasing activity

Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence
in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.
This program is completely FREE! But space is limited.

For more information and to register, please contact Ms. Ewell or Shannon at 703-257-5400 or write
Shannon at

Watching Out for Hurricane Florence

posted Sep 11, 2018, 8:24 AM by Mary Lopez

RICHMOND—Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) teams have worked throughout the weekend preparing for what may be Virginia’s most significant hurricane event in decades. With Virginia under a state of emergency, and forecasts showing Florence zeroing in on the Mid-Atlantic, the time for all Virginians to prepare is now.

While it is too soon to know the exact track that Hurricane Florence will take, the majority of forecast models are indicating significant potential impacts to Virginia in the form of coastal storm surge, catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages.

Virginia emergency managers and first responders are already mobilizing to prepare for the storm. Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency late Saturday in order to mobilize personnel and resources for storm impacts, and to speed the response to those communities that are damaged by the storm. This includes resources from VDEM, the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia National Guard and others.

All Virginians should expect potential impacts and life-threatening conditions from this storm. Now is the time to prepare—Make a Kit, Get and Plan, and Stay Informed. To learn more, visit

It’s Not the Winds, It’s the Water

The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds. Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms.

Current forecast models indicate that Florence could strike the Carolinas and enter Central Virginia, possibly stalling and dropping more than 20 inches of rain in some areas. This will lead to widespread and dangerous flooding, inundation of roads and damaged infrastructure. Potential widespread power outages are also expected.

Citizens should prepare for rising waters, flash flooding, and remember to never drive across flooded roadways. Most injuries and deaths occur when motorists try to cross flooded roads. Roads and bridges can be damaged or completely washed away beneath flood waters, and a few inches of water can sweep vehicles downstream. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.

Coastal Virginia Threats and Potential Evacuations

Some forecast models are indicating a possible strike more directly on the Hampton Roads region and Coastal Virginia. If this track becomes a reality, Coastal Virginians can expect significant flooding, damaging winds and storm surge flooding throughout the region. If the storm moves on a coastal track, it would require the Commonwealth to enact its tiered evacuation plan, commonly known as Know Your Zone.

Residents in Coastal Virginia, especially those in evacuation zones A and B, should begin preparing for potential evacuation. An evacuation decision will be made Monday, September 10. If ordered, instructions about evacuation will be communicated via social media, television, radio, newspapers, and through local and state emergency management websites.

Citizens should make necessary preparations now to evacuate to higher ground, starting with knowing in which zone your home and business are located. You can type in your address at to find out your designated zone. Resources are also available on the Know Your Zone website to learn more about the program, what to plan for and expect in the event of an evacuation, and how to ensure you are ready once you receive evacuation instructions.

Once you Know Your Zone, you should stay tuned to local media for detailed instructions from your local emergency manager about where to go, available shelters and evacuation routes, and when you will be able to return to your home.

Have questions about Know Your Zone? Learn more here.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late to Prepare

With the onset of tropical storm force winds and rain only a couple of days away, the time to prepare is now. Get your home, business and family ready for whatever impacts this storm may bring. Hurricane season lasts through November 30, so more storms may target Virginia this year.

Visit to learn how to prepare for these deadly storms. It could save your life.


Additional Considerations:

  • Make sure that you have an old-fashioned land line phone available at home instead of only cordless phones that rely on power.  In recent times, because we all have cordless phones, most of us are without phone service because our phones are power dependent when actually, the phone lines are working and a phone plugged directly into the phone jack will work.
  • Before the storms hits, make sure your gas tank is full in case you have to evacuate, power outages keep the pumps from working, or hurricane damage in other areas prevents gas trucks from getting here.
  • Keep some cash in small bills on hand in case a power outage closes banks, keeps ATMs from working, or keeps card-readers unavailable at stores.
  • If you are storing water yourself, only store it in water storage containers or soda bottles, do not store it in empty milk or juice containers.  Even if you think you have cleaned a milk or juice container well, there will still be bacteria hiding in there that can make you sick.
  • Keep pets indoors with you during the storm and if you must evacuate take your pets with you.  If it isn’t safe for you to be there, it isn’t safe for your pets.
  • The right-front quadrant of the storm can carry unstable weather with it, as it passes through which means there will be a greater chance for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.  Keep this in mind as we watch the track of the storm as it heads our way.
  • Never, ever use a generator inside – never, ever!
  • Do not cross flooded roadways, swollen creeks, or streams – it only takes inches of water to carry a vehicle away!



Chip Stratton, ECO

Safety and Risk Management

Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center

Department for Aging and Rehabilitation Center

Office (540) 332-7163

Cell     (540) 241-3452

Fax     (540) 332-7982


posted Feb 27, 2018, 1:18 PM by Mary Lopez   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 7:39 AM ]

Contact Person:

Dr. Mary Lopez

Executive Director

Independence Empowerment Center

703-257-5400 ext. 117


March 1, 2018







Manassas, VA 20110

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


We will honor those with disabilities who died too soon.  We will honor those who died because someone thought “better dead than disabled”.


This Day of Mourning will be held nationwide on this date. We will read off from a list of names of those killed. Please join us in Manassas as we remember and as we say to those who passed, “Your lives were not in vain.”


We will gather by the Pavilion in Nelson Park (8915 Grant Avenue).



Preventative Actions--Flu

posted Feb 7, 2018, 1:21 PM by Mary Lopez

Read the two attached files about handwashing and fighting germs.

Giving Tuesday, Tuesday, November 28, 2017

posted Nov 26, 2017, 3:39 PM by Mary Lopez   [ updated Nov 26, 2017, 3:42 PM ]









Whether it’s a new family frightened beyond belief by their new baby’s sudden seizures; a grade schooler with cerebral palsy who wants to play sports; a young teen with a learning disability who wants to go to college; or an aged member of our community with mobility issues who does not want to go to a nursing home, we will work with that person or those families to see that their goals are met.  Maybe not in the way they first envisioned, but in a way that works for them, and the goals are accomplished with their involvement, every step of the way.


Independence Empowerment Center is our community’s only one stop Center for disability information, referrals and services for those of all ages and with any type of disability, no matter the severity of that disability or the length of time they have had it.

Please Make Donations                                   Tax Information

Ctrl click to follow                                                   IEC is a registered 501(c)3

PayPal.Me/IndependenceEmpowerm                                         Our Tax ID is 54-1953287

Text Box: Independence Empowerment Center 8409 Dorsey Circle, Suite 101 Manassas, VA 20110 703-257-5400 Email: Facebook: Independence Empowerment Center






IEC supports people with disabilities to achieve their goals by providing five core services – Peer Counseling, Advocacy, Information and Referral (I&R) Independent Living Skills Training and Transition Services.  We also assist our consumers with Medicaid, SSI, Waivers, Individualized Education Plans, Assistive Technology, and local businesses with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, Disability Awareness and Etiquette Training.

ADA Celebration - 10th Annual!! July 22, 2017

posted Jul 19, 2017, 7:18 AM by Mary Lopez

An "every person" kind of event with something for everyone!!  Come help us Celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Get useful information from vendors like AARP to Yellow Cab and everyone in between.  Enjoy live music performed by Mike Simms.  Meet a fantastic photographer, Michael Moody.  See and buy artwork from John Hollohan who calls his work CP Art.  Enjoy the wonderful food from Phat Yummies.  Win the raffle for a $100 gas gift card.  Join the bidding war in our Silent Auction.  Let the kids take part in games for them.  Purchase a t-shirt designed by  our contest winner 11 year old Derek Asmen.

The Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center Street, Manassas, VA 20110

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition

posted Aug 24, 2016, 1:23 PM by Mary Lopez   [ updated Jul 19, 2017, 7:15 AM ]

Announcing Independence Empowerment Center’s Annual Meeting and Recognition of Volunteers and Others

 Come learn about what has been happening at IEC this past year.  Meet other members of IEC and offer your thanks and congratulations for things accomplished and make suggestions for changes.


Place:    TBD                                         Time:  4pm – 6pm

                                                                                   Date: September 27, 2017    

                Manassas, VA 20110           Light snacks will be provided

                                                      (To hold you over until you get home to dinner)


posted Aug 24, 2016, 1:15 PM by Mary Lopez   [ updated Jul 19, 2017, 7:22 AM ]

Thank You Independence Empowerment Center!! Posted on July 25th 2016 By Tammy Beard

posted Jul 26, 2016, 10:33 AM by Mary Lopez   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 9:56 AM ]

This past weekend we were involved with the Independence Empowerment Center’s ADA Fair. This event celebrates the signing of the American’s with Disabilities Act by President George Herbert Walker Bush on July 26th, 1990. This law was the first inclusive civil rights law that addressed the needs of the disabled population of the United States. The law was created to eliminate the obstructions that existed for those with disabilities in the areas of employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications. The sweeping legislation tore down the barriers that limited those with disabilities from being active and involved citizens in their communities.
Being a part of the ADA Fair is something that we always look forward to. Dr Mary Lopez, the director of the I.E.C. (Independence Empowerment Center) has become a friend of Yellow Cab and our family. She is a wonderful, fun, and spunky lady who always makes us laugh, but has also been essential in fighting for the rights of those in the county with disabilities. It was through our interactions with the IEC, its partners, and Dr Lopez, that we decided to purchase our first accessible vans.
When you seek to be a part of something, like we do this community, and you see there is a huge unmet need, you do whatever it takes to address it in the best way you can. Our accessible vans cost more to purchase, more to insure, more to train drivers to use properly, but we pushed all of that out of our minds, went with our hearts, and did what we knew was needed and right. It was one of the best things that we have ever done. The vans have been an amazing asset to the people that need them. People now have the ability to get where they need to go without being charged the astronomical rates that previous non-emergency medical transport companies would charge. The people who drive the vans have formed friendships with the people they are driving. In some cases they have been all but formally adopted into their passenger’s families. We are servicing people who truly need this transportation to be a part of their community. We cannot express in words how grateful we are to be able to provide the much needed service. We also cannot say thank you enough to the IEC and Dr. Lopez for showing us how important and necessary these services are to this community.
While hot, very hot, I mean BLAZING hot, the event was as wonderful as ever. Dr Lopez and her team at the Independence Empowerment Center always get together just the right mix of people, companies, and organizations that really care about the disabled population of Prince William County. The vendors this year were no exception. We were able to meet with our customers and discuss things we are doing to help, and things we can do to better help. There were many people there that have become old friends of our company and we were able to make new friends as well. We love the smiling faces and caring hearts we always encounter at this event. The auction is also one of our favorites and while we didn’t spend as much this year, we think we were the big winners yet again!
Thank you Independence Empowerment Center and Dr. Lopez for the invitation to participate in your event again this year. We look forward to coming to many more and if you keep inviting Phat Yummies you may have to fight us not to come!

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