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Our History

In 1985, Access Independence (Ai) was formed as one of fifteen Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in Virginia and began providing independent living skills training, peer mentoring, information and referral, and advocacy services to the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, Warren, and the City of Winchester.  Ai has served thousands of residents, throughout the region, with disability related issues and provided thousands of hours supporting and educating our community on disability related topics.


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Our Mission

Our mission is to promote independent living by providing services and resources that enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities living in Virginia’s Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Our Vision

We have the vision of a barrier-free community for all individuals to achieve their greatest potential.

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Our Value

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.

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Donald K. Price

Executive Director

Joan Davis

Operations Manager

Michaela Zaraszczak

Executive Administrative Assistant

Brenda Ernst

Independent Living Specialist

Dana M. Frye

Independent Living Specialist

Ann Harvey

Service Facilitator

Maria Diaz

Independent Living/Housing & Transportation Specialist

Donna Day

Deaf Outreach & Advocacy

Kathleen Clarke

Outreach & Advocacy Specialist

Karen Shubert

Finance/Admin Assistant

Virginia McInturff

Support Services Specialist

Carmen Cowles

Information & Referral Specialist

John DeHaven

Information Technology & Accessibility Design

Rob Alkire

Research Development Assistant

Roseanne Campbell

Service Facilitator

Board of Directors


Polly Damron

Vice President

Trish Dick


Lisa J. Boone


Timothy Knight

Fay Dutton

Rovella DeHaven

Susan Pannell

Paul Masterson