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.

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Are you or someone you know unable to or concerned about leaving your home to shop for food? Do you know someone having difficulty preparing a meal?

Our Meals on Wheels program is continuing to prepare and deliver meals and household supplies to local seniors during the COVID-19 epidemic. For more information please contact 540-635-7141 or [email protected].

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From our friends at Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging

If you or someone you know is in need of a mask, please contact your local senior center to receive one.

Effective Friday, May 29th, Governor Northam’s new mask order will require people to wear a face covering inside public places of business. The mask order applies to everyone 10 and over and requires wearing a face covering while "entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time in" the following establishments:

• All essential and non-essential brick and mortar retail establishments, including grocery stores and pharmacies
• All personal care and grooming establishments
• Inside food and beverage establishments (The text of the executive order specifies "restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, and farmers markets, when permitted to reopen for indoor dining")
• On public transportation, including train stations, bus stations, and on intrastate public transportation, including in waiting or congregating areas
• Entertainment or public amusement establishments when they're allowed to open in a later phase
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• Inside any indoor space shared by groups of people who may congregate within six feet of one another or who are in close proximity to each other for more than ten minutes

Exceptions are provided for the following situations:

• Exercising
• While eating or drinking
• If you have trouble breathing or are unable to remove a mask without help
• If health conditions prohibit wearing a face covering
• Young children

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More info: https://bit.ly/2SwJJ7N

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TODAY (5/26) is the last day to register to vote or update your information for the June 23 election!

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We will be CLOSING today at 3 pm and also CLOSED on monday in honor of Memorial Day.

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Watch this video to learn more about CAP and how to get VR services

If you're having difficulty accessing your services from DARS or DBVI or you do not agree with the services that you are currently receiving, contact the disAbility Law Center of Virginia, dLCV at 800-552-3962.

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Access Independence, Inc. continues to respect the governor’s order and the office remains closed to the public.  We hav...
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Access Independence, Inc. continues to respect the governor’s order and the office remains closed to the public. We have begun to rotate staff back into the office in different shifts over the next several weeks. Staff remains available to help consumers with their disability issues. Please continue to contact our office (540) 662-4452, and someone will be in touch with you. Please be patient during this time and stay well. D. Price

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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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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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