Programs & Services

Overcoming Barriers
Supported Employment

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Learning, Independence, Friendship, Empowerment (L.I.F.E.)

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Medically Fragile Day Support

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Transportation

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ECHO Programs & Services

There is a story behind every man and woman that becomes a part of the ECHO family. Through the support of their families and the caring staff at ECHO, each individual is able to overcome barriers to employment and community access and achieve their optimal levels of personal and economic growth through ECHO programs that provide jobs for people with disabilities and much more.

Programs & Services include:

  • Vocational Evaluation
  • Supported Employment
  • Extended Employment Services
  • School-to-Work Transition Program
  • Transportation
  • Medically Fragile Day Support
  • Community Integration
  • Training in Work Skills and Socialization
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Supported Employment

ECHO specializes in providing valued, meaningful community-based employment designed to maximize each individual’s opportunities in accordance with their interests. The individuals work in small groups with on-site support at businesses in the local community.

Benefits include:

  • Opportunities to try a variety of work
  • Daily training and support at the worksite by a qualified staff
  • Paid vacation/sick days and holidays
  • Transportation services from home to work for most participants in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties
  • Pay based on productivity using approved wage rates
  • Help in achieving individual goals
  • Opportunities to access the community
  • Advocacy support

Learning, Independence, Friendship, Empowerment (L.I.F.E.)

ECHO’s L.I.F.E. Day Support Program blends in-house and community access skills training to individuals who are not currently interested in, or pursuing, employment as the main focus of their day. It seeks to enhance daily living, safety, communication, decision-making, self-advocacy and awareness skills of the individuals by building on their interests and choices.

The L.I.F.E. Day support Program brings a higher level of community involvement and a more diverse array of skills training and activities to the individuals receiving services. These activities are designed to develop new skills, reinforce skills training, and develop relationships in the community.

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Medically Fragile Day Support

ECHO’s Medically Fragile Day Support Program offer person-centered, comprehensive support and training for individuals with significant support needs. The goal of this program is to maintain and enhance an individual’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional abilities that will result in an optimal quality of life for each individual. This program serves up to 20 men and women.

The Medically Fragile Program Staff consists of:

  • Licensed Registered Nurse(s)
  • A Licensed Practical Nurse
  • An Occupational Therapist
  • Certified Nursing Assistants and Aides
  • Drivers

Our staff consults with families, physical therapists, special education teachers, support coordinators, physicians and residential providers to ensure a comprehensive, personalized program to meet each individual’s goals. Each person has a customized exercise program developed by the occupational therapist that works to enhance his or her strength, endurance, and range of motion. This program also provides opportunities for community involvement, socializing, and skill development.

Transportation

Transportation is another important part of the ECHO advantage. Since our beginning, we have provided daily transportation to and from a program participant’s residence and their worksite. This has allowed individuals with disabilities greater opportunities for employment and community involvement.

As ECHO programs and services have grown, so has our transportation system. We now have 31 vans and small buses, 16 of which are wheelchair accessible, that in total average 24,000 miles per month while transporting approximately 130 program participants to and from their homes and worksites.

ECHO also contracts with the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, currently coordinating VIEW transportation and providing on-demand transportation for their clientele.

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