Access Independence, Inc

Access Independence, Inc 324 Hope Dr. Winchester,Va 22601 540-662-4452 accessindependence.org "Promoting Independent Living"
The Vision of Access Independence is a barrier-free community for all individuals to achieve their greatest potential.
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We live our values; We are people with disabilities empowering people with disabilities; We believe in being ethical and having integrity; We believe in treating people with respect and dignity; We believe in the principles of equal rights, access, and opportunities for all.

Mission: Access Independence’s mission is to promote independent living by providing services that enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities living in Virginia’s Northern Shenandoah Valley.

See how Inova Loudoun Hospital made their ER more friendly for patients with special sensory needs
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Inova Loudoun Children’s ER rewarded for its accessibility

See how Inova Loudoun Hospital made their ER more friendly for patients with special sensory needs

LANSDOWNE, Va. (WDVM) — Inova Loudoun Hospital has been awarded for its efforts to make its children’s emergency room sensory-friendly for patients with special needs. The emergency room was …

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All WheelChair Stuff

Check out this Off-Road Wheelchair

Wouldn't this be a great (fun) vehicle for #wheelchair users?🤔😃

Follow ➡️ All WheelChair Stuff for more #wheelchair #fun #pictures, video's and information 👍 And don't forget to check out our webshop: WWW.ALLWHEELCHAIRSTUFF.COM

Be Safe, Avoid the Three Cs
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Be Safe, Avoid the Three Cs

Avoid the 3️⃣ Cs.
There are certain places where COVID-19 spreads more easily:
1️⃣ Crowded places
2️⃣ Close-contact settings
3️⃣ Confined and enclosed spaces

What a lost school year means for children with disabilities*image of a mother and son*
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What a lost school year means for children with disabilities

What a lost school year means for children with disabilities
*image of a mother and son*

The prospect of a lost school year is daunting for all parents, but it is especially wrenching for families of children with special needs. For them, the loss of an in-person education also means they could lose access to therapies and other resources that only schools can provide.

Help Support BRIGHTfutures
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Help Support BRIGHTfutures

Looking to help a student? Share this information and support Bright Futures-Frederick/Winchester Stuff the Bus!

Goggle updated their APP for the visually impaired*image of a screenshot of the Lookout app*
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Google's app for the visually impaired adds food and document scanning

Goggle updated their APP for the visually impaired
*image of a screenshot of the Lookout app*

Google launched its Lookout app in 2019 for people who are blind or have low-vision to navigate the world with their phones, but it was only available on Pixel phones with languages set to English. The first of the new modes is Food Label, which helps users identify packaged foods by pointing their....

Beautiful example of accessible stairs !!
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Beautiful example of accessible stairs !!

The story of the First Wheelchair Basketball team, from 1947 !!*image of several men in wheelchairs in a row*
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The story of the First Wheelchair Basketball team, from 1947 !!
*image of several men in wheelchairs in a row*

As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the ADA, it's important to remember all of the players that brought this revolutionary legislation to life. David Davis' new book, Wheels of Courage, highlights the WWII paralyzed vets that invented wheelchair basketball and began the fight for disability ri...

Great info on how to stay safe during COVID-19 while using a wheelchair
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Great info on how to stay safe during COVID-19 while using a wheelchair

Congratulations to the members of this year’s ProjectSEARCH !!
08/07/2020

Congratulations to the members of this year’s ProjectSEARCH !!

Some bright news for your Friday:
The members of this year’s ProjectSEARCH class had their graduation today! Despite the pandemic, this amazing and hardworking group of young adults pushed through their internships at Winchester Medical Center. We couldn’t be prouder of them. Please join us in congratulating these young men and women as they join the workforce powering our region.

As always, we’re grateful for the support from our partners that make this program possible. Congrats as well to the members of Winchester City Public Schools, Frederick County Public Schools, ValleyHealth, and the Dept. of Aging and Rehabilitative Services who helped these students move forward into the next exciting chapter of their lives.

Please don't call Disability Sad*image of a young woman in a wheelchair*
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Please don't call Disability Sad
*image of a young woman in a wheelchair*

Becca explains why having a disability isn't sad and why it's harmful to consider disability a tragedy.

Accessibility for all starts with our local candidates*image of an accessible ramp*
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If Accessibility Is Important To You, Tell Your Local Candidates

Accessibility for all starts with our local candidates
*image of an accessible ramp*

Realistically, it’s up to disabled voters, and our families, friends, and coworkers to push accessibility into the conversation. We have to ask our local candidates about these things.

Good information on who to follow in case of an emergency, Please Share  !!
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Good information on who to follow in case of an emergency, Please Share !!

STAY INFORMED: Make sure your household members with social media, phone and email accounts are signed up for alerts and warnings. 📱
Also follow:
🚗 Virginia Department of Transportation
🚨 Virginia State Police
☑️ FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
⛈ Your local U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) office:
⛈ US National Weather Service Wakefield VA
⛈ US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington
⛈ US National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
⛈ US National Weather Service Charleston WV
⛈ US National Weather Service Morristown Tennessee

More info: VAemergency.gov/hurricanes

Wheelchair traveler, Curb Free with Cory Lee visited Skyline Drive and Luray Caverns, Check out the awesome pictures on ...
08/03/2020

Wheelchair traveler, Curb Free with Cory Lee visited Skyline Drive and Luray Caverns, Check out the awesome pictures on his page

Sure, Shenandoah National Park has some amazing trails, but one of its best features is Skyline Drive. 🏞 Skyline Drive is a 105-mile road and there are nearly 70 overlooks, where you can pull over and take in the view. 🚗 Many of the overlooks even have a wheelchair accessible parking spot, so I was able to get out of the vehicle and really take it all in. With views like this, I could stay here all day.

08/01/2020
All WheelChair Stuff

Wow, make your manual wheelchair into an off-road vehicle
*image of a wheelchair on the beach*

And what do you think of this motorized platform that transforms a manual #wheelchair into an off-road vehicle that can traverse sand, snow, gravel and mud....?🤔

Follow ➡️ All WheelChair Stuff for more #wheelchair #fun #pictures, video's and information 👍 And don't forget to check out our webshop: WWW.ALLWHEELCHAIRSTUFF.COM

Address

324 Hope Dr
Winchester, VA
22601

General information

Access Independence Inc. (AI) is a Center for Independent Living (CIL) serving the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah and the city of Winchester. We are a consumer controlled, community based, cross disability, non-residential, private, non-profit organization that is designed and operated within our local region by individuals with disabilities.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

Telephone

(540) 662-4452

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Who We Are

We are people with disabilities empowering people with disabilities; We believe in being ethical and having integrity; We believe in treating people with respect and dignity; We believe in the principles of equal rights, access, and opportunities for all.


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I got a chance to see Chris Mitchell from Q102 at the old town mall this morning. we went down there to give the Fox 5 morning team some of our Roll Your Own T-shirts and tell Kevin, Tucker and Annie about what Access is about. It was really great to see people from so many business and local community service groups. Towards the end of this video you can catch when Chris and I got to talk about Roll Your Own.
Roll Your Own Fun!
Thank you Access Independence for having us back again for this great, important event. We can't wait to share the day with you!
There's a reason for those painted white lines beside accessible parking spaces. They are there so disabled persons with side equipped wheelchair lifts(like I have) can get into their vehicles. Imagine my frustration and anger when I came out of Costco and found this!! The owner of the vehicle eventually came out and was confronted. Her excuse for parking there: "I was only going to be in the store a few minutes" DOESN'T MATTER "There were no available parking spaces" WRONG There were plenty of spaces. She just didn't want to walk an additional 50 feet. Okay.... vent done.
Have you downloaded the Get Help Winchester app yet? Thanks to Brandan Thomas for providing this local resource. It’s still new, so if you have helpful info to enhance this resource please share.