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

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DOJ's FAQs on Service Animals

posted May 15, 2019, 9:29 AM by Mary Lopez

U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section

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Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA

Many people with disabilities use a service animal in order to fully participate in everyday life. Dogs can be trained to perform many important tasks to assist people with disabilities, such as providing stability for a person who has difficulty walking, picking up items for a person who uses a wheelchair, preventing a child with autism from wandering away, or alerting a person who has hearing loss when someone is approaching from behind.

The Department of Justice continues to receive many questions about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to service animals. The ADA requires State and local government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations (covered entities) that provide goods or services to the public to make "reasonable modifications" in their policies, practices, or procedures when necessary to accommodate people with disabilities. The service animal rules fall under this general principle. Accordingly, entities that have a "no pets" policy generally must modify the policy to allow service animals into their facilities. This publication provides guidance on the ADA's service animal provisions and should be read in conjunction with the publication ADA Revised Requirements: Service Animals.


Q1. What is a service animal?

A. Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.  The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person's disability.

Q2. What does "do work or perform tasks" mean?

A. The dog must be trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability. For example, a person with diabetes may have a dog that is trained to alert him when his blood sugar reaches high or low levels. A person with depression may have a dog that is trained to remind her to take her medication. Or, a person who has epilepsy may have a dog that is trained to detect the onset of a seizure and then help the person remain safe during the seizure.

Q3. Are emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals considered service animals under the ADA?

A. No.  These terms are used to describe animals that provide comfort just by being with a person.  Because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.  However, some State or local governments have laws that allow people to take emotional support animals into public places.  You may check with your State and local government agencies to find out about these laws.

Q4. If someone's dog calms them when having an anxiety attack, does this qualify it as a service animal?

A. It depends. The ADA makes a distinction between psychiatric service animals and emotional support animals. If the dog has been trained to sense that an anxiety attack is about to happen and take a specific action to help avoid the attack or lessen its impact, that would qualify as a service animal. However, if the dog's mere presence provides comfort, that would not be considered a service animal under the ADA.

Q5. Does the ADA require service animals to be professionally trained?

A. No. People with disabilities have the right to train the dog themselves and are not required to use a professional service dog training program.

Q6. Are service-animals-in-training considered service animals under the ADA?

A. No. Under the ADA, the dog must already be trained before it can be taken into public places. However, some State or local laws cover animals that are still in training.


Q7. What questions can a covered entity's employees ask to determine if a dog is a service animal?

A. In situations where it is not obvious that the dog is a service animal, staff may ask only two specific questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform? Staff are not allowed to request any documentation for the dog, require that the dog demonstrate its task, or inquire about the nature of the person's disability.

Q8. Do service animals have to wear a vest or patch or special harness identifying them as service animals?

A. No. The ADA does not require service animals to wear a vest, ID tag, or specific harness.

Q9. Who is responsible for the care and supervision of a service animal?

A. The handler is responsible for caring for and supervising the service animal, which includes toileting, feeding, and grooming and veterinary care. Covered entities are not obligated to supervise or otherwise care for a service animal.

Q10. Can a person bring a service animal with them as they go through a salad bar or other self-service food lines?

A. Yes. Service animals must be allowed to accompany their handlers to and through self-service food lines. Similarly, service animals may not be prohibited from communal food preparation areas, such as are commonly found in shelters or dormitories.

Q11. Can hotels assign designated rooms for guests with service animals, out of consideration for other guests?

A. No. A guest with a disability who uses a service animal must be provided the same opportunity to reserve any available room at the hotel as other guests without disabilities. They may not be restricted to "pet-friendly" rooms.

Q12. Can hotels charge a cleaning fee for guests who have service animals?

No. Hotels are not permitted to charge guests for cleaning the hair or dander shed by a service animal. However, if a guest's service animal causes damages to a guest room, a hotel is permitted to charge the same fee for damages as charged to other guests.

Q13. Can people bring more than one service animal into a public place?

A. Generally, yes. Some people with disabilities may use more than one service animal to perform different tasks. For example, a person who has a visual disability and a seizure disorder may use one service animal to assist with way-finding and another that is trained as a seizure alert dog. Other people may need two service animals for the same task, such as a person who needs two dogs to assist him or her with stability when walking. Staff may ask the two permissible questions (See Question 7) about each of the dogs. If both dogs can be accommodated, both should be allowed in. In some circumstances, however, it may not be possible to accommodate more than one service animal. For example, in a crowded small restaurant, only one dog may be able to fit under the table. The only other place for the second dog would be in the aisle, which would block the space between tables. In this case, staff may request that one of the dogs be left outside.

Q14. Does a hospital have to allow an in-patient with a disability to keep a service animal in his or her room?

A. Generally, yes. Service animals must be allowed in patient rooms and anywhere else in the hospital the public and patients are allowed to go. They cannot be excluded on the grounds that staff can provide the same services.

Q15. What happens if a patient who uses a service animal is admitted to the hospital and is unable to care for or supervise their animal?

A. If the patient is not able to care for the service animal, the patient can make arrangements for a family member or friend to come to the hospital to provide these services, as it is always preferable that the service animal and its handler not be separated, or to keep the dog during the hospitalization. If the patient is unable to care for the dog and is unable to arrange for someone else to care for the dog, the hospital may place the dog in a boarding facility until the patient is released, or make other appropriate arrangements. However, the hospital must give the patient the opportunity to make arrangements for the dog's care before taking such steps.

Q16. Must a service animal be allowed to ride in an ambulance with its handler?

A. Generally, yes.  However, if the space in the ambulance is crowded and the dog's presence would interfere with the emergency medical staff's ability to treat the patient, staff should make other arrangements to have the dog transported to the hospital.


Q17. Does the ADA require that service animals be certified as service animals?

A. No.  Covered entities may not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal, as a condition for entry.

There are individuals and organizations that sell service animal certification or registration documents online. These documents do not convey any rights under the ADA and the Department of Justice does not recognize them as proof that the dog is a service animal.


Q18. My city requires all dogs to be vaccinated.  Does this apply to my service animal?

A. Yes.  Individuals who have service animals are not exempt from local animal control or public health requirements.

Q19. My city requires all dogs to be registered and licensed.  Does this apply to my service animal?

A. Yes.  Service animals are subject to local dog licensing and registration requirements.

Q20. My city requires me to register my dog as a service animal. Is this legal under the ADA?

A. No.  Mandatory registration of service animals is not permissible under the ADA.  However, as stated above, service animals are subject to the same licensing and vaccination rules that are applied to all dogs.

Q21. My city / college offers a voluntary registry program for people with disabilities who use service animals and provides a special tag identifying the dogs as service animals. Is this legal under the ADA?

A. Yes.  Colleges and other entities, such as local governments, may offer voluntary registries.  Many communities maintain a voluntary registry that serves a public purpose, for example, to ensure that emergency staff know to look for service animals during an emergency evacuation process.  Some offer a benefit, such as a reduced dog license fee, for individuals who register their service animals.  Registries for purposes like this are permitted under the ADA.  An entity may not, however, require that a dog be registered as a service animal as a condition of being permitted in public places.  This would be a violation of the ADA.


Q22. Can service animals be any breed of dog?

A. Yes.  The ADA does not restrict the type of dog breeds that can be service animals.

Q23. Can individuals with disabilities be refused access to a facility based solely on the breed of their service animal?

A. No.  A service animal may not be excluded based on assumptions or stereotypes about the animal's breed or how the animal might behave.  However, if a particular service animal behaves in a way that poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, has a history of such behavior, or is not under the control of the handler, that animal may be excluded.  If an animal is excluded for such reasons, staff must still offer their goods or services to the person without the animal present.

Q24. If a municipality has an ordinance that bans certain dog breeds, does the ban apply to service animals?

A. No.  Municipalities that prohibit specific breeds of dogs must make an exception for a service animal of a prohibited breed, unless the dog poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.  Under the “direct threat” provisions of the ADA, local jurisdictions need to determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether a particular service animal can be excluded based on that particular animal’s actual behavior or history, but they may not exclude a service animal because of fears or generalizations about how an animal or breed might behave.  It is important to note that breed restrictions differ significantly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  In fact, some jurisdictions have no breed restrictions.


Q25. When can service animals be excluded?

A. The ADA does not require covered entities to modify policies, practices, or procedures if it would “fundamentally alter” the nature of the goods, services, programs, or activities provided to the public.  Nor does it overrule legitimate safety requirements.  If admitting service animals would fundamentally alter the nature of a service or program, service animals may be prohibited.  In addition, if a particular service animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it, or if it is not housebroken, that animal may be excluded.

Q26. When might a service dog's presence fundamentally alter the nature of a service or program provided to the public?

A. In most settings, the presence of a service animal will not result in a fundamental alteration.  However, there are some exceptions.  For example, at a boarding school, service animals could be restricted from a specific area of a dormitory reserved specifically for students with allergies to dog dander.  At a zoo, service animals can be restricted from areas where the animals on display are the natural prey or natural predators of dogs, where the presence of a dog would be disruptive, causing the displayed animals to behave aggressively or become agitated.  They cannot be restricted from other areas of the zoo. 

Q27. What does under control mean?  Do service animals have to be on a leash?  Do they have to be quiet and not bark?

A. The ADA requires that service animals be under the control of the handler at all times. In most instances, the handler will be the individual with a disability or a third party who accompanies the individual with a disability. In the school (K-12) context and in similar settings, the school or similar entity may need to provide some assistance to enable a particular student to handle his or her service animal. The service animal must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered while in public places unless these devices interfere with the service animal's work or the person's disability prevents use of these devices. In that case, the person must use voice, signal, or other effective means to maintain control of the animal. For example, a person who uses a wheelchair may use a long, retractable leash to allow her service animal to pick up or retrieve items. She may not allow the dog to wander away from her and must maintain control of the dog, even if it is retrieving an item at a distance from her. Or, a returning veteran who has PTSD and has great difficulty entering unfamiliar spaces may have a dog that is trained to enter a space, check to see that no threats are there, and come back and signal that it is safe to enter. The dog must be off leash to do its job, but may be leashed at other times. Under control also means that a service animal should not be allowed to bark repeatedly in a lecture hall, theater, library, or other quiet place. However, if a dog barks just once, or barks because someone has provoked it, this would not mean that the dog is out of control.

Q28. What can my staff do when a service animal is being disruptive?

A. If a service animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it, staff may request that the animal be removed from the premises.

Q29. Are hotel guests allowed to leave their service animals in their hotel room when they leave the hotel?

A. No, the dog must be under the handler's control at all times.

Q30. What happens if a person thinks a covered entity's staff has discriminated against him or her?

A. Individuals who believe that they have been illegally denied access or service because they use service animals may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice.  Individuals also have the right to file a private lawsuit in Federal court charging the entity with discrimination under the ADA.


Q31. Are stores required to allow service animals to be placed in a shopping cart?

A. Generally, the dog must stay on the floor, or the person must carry the dog.  For example, if a person with diabetes has a glucose alert dog, he may carry the dog in a chest pack so it can be close to his face to allow the dog to smell his breath to alert him of a change in glucose levels.

Q32. Are restaurants, bars, and other places that serve food or drink required to allow service animals to be seated on chairs or allow the animal to be fed at the table?

A. No.  Seating, food, and drink are provided for customer use only.  The ADA gives a person with a disability the right to be accompanied by his or her service animal, but covered entities are not required to allow an animal to sit or be fed at the table.

Q33. Are gyms, fitness centers, hotels, or municipalities that have swimming pools required to allow a service animal in the pool with its handler?

A. No.  The ADA does not override public health rules that prohibit dogs in swimming pools.  However, service animals must be allowed on the pool deck and in other areas where the public is allowed to go.

Q34. Are churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship required to allow individuals to bring their service animals into the facility?

A. No.  Religious institutions and organizations are specifically exempt from the ADA.  However, there may be State laws that apply to religious organizations.

Q35. Do apartments, mobile home parks, and other residential properties have to comply with the ADA?

A. The ADA applies to housing programs administered by state and local governments, such as public housing authorities, and by places of public accommodation, such as public and private universities.  In addition, the Fair Housing Act applies to virtually all types of housing, both public and privately-owned, including housing covered by the ADA.  Under the Fair Housing Act, housing providers are obligated to permit, as a reasonable accommodation, the use of animals that work, provide assistance, or perform tasks that benefit persons with a disabilities, or provide emotional support to alleviate a symptom or effect of a disability.  For information about these Fair Housing Act requirements see HUD’s Notice on Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing and HUD-funded Programs.

Q36. Do Federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, have to comply with the ADA?

A. No.  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is the Federal law that protects the rights of people with disabilities to participate in Federal programs and services.  For information or to file a complaint, contact the agency's equal opportunity office.

Q37. Do commercial airlines have to comply with the ADA?

A. No.  The Air Carrier Access Act is the Federal law that protects the rights of people with disabilities in air travel.  For information or to file a complaint, contact the U.S. Department of Transportation, Aviation Consumer Protection Division, at 202-366-2220.


For more information about the ADA, please visit our website or call our toll-free number.


To receive e-mail notifications when new ADA information is available, visit the ADA Website's home page and click the link near the bottom of the right-hand column.


800-514-0301 (Voice) and 800-514-0383 (TTY)

M-W, F 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. , Th 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) to speak with an ADA Specialist. Calls are confidential.

The Americans with Disabilities Act authorizes the Department of Justice (the Department) to provide technical assistance to individuals and entities that have rights or responsibilities under the Act. This document provides informal guidance to assist you in understanding the ADA and the Department's regulations.

This guidance document is not intended to be a final agency action, has no legally binding effect, and may be rescinded or modified in the Department's complete discretion, in accordance with applicable laws. The Department's guidance documents, including this guidance, do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities beyond what is required by the terms of the applicable statutes, regulations, or binding judicial precedent.

For people with disabilities, this publication is available in alternate formats.

Duplication of this document is encouraged.
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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

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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 ]

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