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 OperationFredericksburg Office Hours: Monday-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.
Board of Directors
|Jeffrey Halperin||President||Allegra Design, Print & Mail|
|Casey Silversmith||Vice-President||Ballantine Events, Director of Sales|
|Loraine Lemoine||Secretary||Retired, Spotsylvania Dept. of Social Services|
|Terry Hurst||Treasurer||Principal, REL Consulting|
|Sally Cooney Anderson||Community Volunteer and Artist|
|Cheryl Yancey||Beauty & Logic Designs, Lead DeveloperCommunity Volunteer & Artist|
|Community Integration Specialist
|Diann Drew||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|
|Information and Referral/Office Support
Directory of Advocacy and Services
|Kim Lett||Program Manager, Deputy Director|
|Linda Galloway||Youth Transition Coordinator|
|Michael Hamlett||Equipment Connection Manager|
|Kaila Lohn||Developmental Disabilities Waiver Case Manager|
|Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coordinator
Personal Attendant Services Facilitator
|Tennie Gratz||Long Term Care Medicaid Specialist|
|Trish Stewart||Community Integration Specialist|