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ESCIL Info

Eastern Shore Center for

Independent Living, Inc.

36282 Lankford Highway, Suite 13-D

Belle Haven, VA 23306

Contact ESCIL

P.O. Box 206   

Belle Haven, VA 23306

Office:  (757) 414-0100

Fax:  (757) 414-0205

info@vaescil.org

Virginia Centers for Independent Living

vacil.org

Past and Present
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ESCIL Tips

ACCEPT THE FACT THAT DISABILITY EXISTS

 

Not acknowledging a disability is similar to ignoring someone’s sex or height, but to ask personal questions would be inappropriate

 

Mission Statement

The Eastern Shore Center For Independent Living (ESCIL) program’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to make their own life choices and to realize their greatest potential as individuals. A major component of this mission is educating and encouraging these individuals to be able to impact policies that affect their daily lives, as well as assisting them with accessing the resources that are necessary for their independence in their homes and community.

Independent Living should not be defined in terms of living on one’s own, being employed in a job fitting one’s capabilities and interests, or having an active social life. These are aspects of living independently. Independent Living means having the right and opportunity to pursue a course of action, and it also means having the freedom to fail – and to learn from one’s failure.

 

 

HISTORY of the ESCIL

A satellite office was created in 1993, when a task force of consumers in Planning District 22 (Accomack and Northampton Counties) expressed concerns that children and adults with disabilities were not receiving the services they needed.

The Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living, Inc. became its own entity in 1999, as a non-profit, non-residential center for independent living which receives part of its funding from the State of Virginia.  The E.S.C.I.L. is governed by a Board of Directors. At least fifty-one percent of the members of the Board of Directors have disabilities which helps to assure that the E.S.C.I.L remains in touch with the persons with disabilities in our community.