Mission Statement

To assist people with disabilities to achieve the highest potential and benefit of independent living by providing them, those who support them and the community with information, education, and resources.

Hours of Operation

Fredericksburg Office HoursMonday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm.
The dRC follows the same schedule as Virginia state employees and is closed on Virginia and federal holidays.

What is the disAbility Resource Center (dRC)?

The dRC, located in Fredericksburg, VA, is a Center for Independent Living (CIL) that serves people with disabilities, their families and caretakers, and community members. CILs are community-based, cross-disability, cross-lifespan, non-profit organizations. CILs are unique in that they operate according to a philosophy of consumer control, wherein the majority of its staff and Board are people with all types of disabilities. The dRC adheres to the philosophy that every individual has the right, the opportunity and the choice to maximize their abilities to live as independently as possible and to participate in the community as fully as they choose.

Centers for Independent Living, including the dRC, provide Peer Support, Information and Referral, Individual and Systems Advocacy, Independent Living Skills Training and other community supports and services as needed by the locality.

The dRC serves the city of Fredericksburg and Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties. Deaf and Hard of Hearing services and Social Security Benefits Counseling is provided in some neighboring areas. Call the dRC for more information.

History of the dRC and Independent Living

The Disability Resource Center, active since 1992, was incorporated in 1993. Its founder and first Executive Director was Faith Smith who, because of her disability, saw a need, along with others, for a Center for Independent Living in the Fredericksburg/Rappahannock region. Smith, who suffered a spinal cord injury in 1991, wanted a central place where people with disabilities could find answers to their questions and where “someone didn’t tell a person with a disability what to do.” The dRC now, as it was at its inception, is consumer-driven. The majority of the dRC staff and Board are people with disabilities, or family members of people with disabilities, and have an understanding of the needs of those that walk in the dRC’s doors. Individuals that come to the dRC set goals and then the dRC supports those individuals by respecting their choices and helping them to find the resources to meet their goals.

Originally located on Princess Anne Street, the dRC moved into its own office on Progress St. in the mid 1990’s. The dRC occupies two other buildings, located on Princess Anne Street, one for its Equipment Connection and one to house its personal attendant facilitators. The center has grown to provide a variety of supports and services in addition to its five core services of Advocacy, Information and Referral, Peer Counseling, Independent Living Skills Training and Transition.

The dRC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

Board of Directors

Jeffrey Halperin – President
Allegra Design, Print & Mail, President

Casey W. Silversmith – Vice President 
Director of Sales, Ballantine Management Group/Fredericksburg Expo Center

Terry Hurst – Treasurer
Principal, REL Consulting

Loraine Lemoine – Secretary
Spotsylvania County DSS Director, Retired

Sally Cooney Anderson 
Retired, Artist

Cheryl Yancey
Owner, Beauty & Logic Designs

Keith Kessler
Buyer II, Fairfax County Public Schools

Linda Hill
Director, The Archer Group

Joyce Bodah
Government Affairs and Demand Response Administrator
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Our Staff

Debe Fults

Diann Drew

Executive Director

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Assistant

Eric Barnes Equipment Connection Assistant
Grace Marshall Community Integration Specialist
Jennifer Ryan Personal Attendant Services Facilitator
James Rapp Data Entry Billing Clerk
Kim Sapp Bookkeeper
Kelly Keiser

Kevin Koziol

Information and Referral/Office Support

Directory of Advocacy and Services

Kim Lett Program Manager, Deputy Director
Cheryl Lloyd Youth Transition Coordinator
Kathy Uchytil Independent Living Specialist
Kaila Lohn Developmental Disabilities Waiver Case Manager
ReBecca Bennett                               

Sue Moore

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coordinator

Personal Attendant Services Facilitator

Tennie Gratz Long Term Care Medicaid Specialist