Independent Living Skills Training
- Assist consumers in defining independent living goals and develop a plan to successfully meet those goals.
- Assist consumers with the basic skills needed to achieve independent living and maintain independence.
- People with disabilities assisting people with disabilities to pursue their goals and recognize their own abilities.
- Provide family support helping to build and sustain positive and healthy relationships.
- Assist people with disabilities to understand their rights and responsibilities under various federal and state laws dealing with housing, employment, education, community access, recreation, transportation, family and lifestyle. dRC’s advocacy group, INCLUDE!, meets two Mondays a month from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Kevin Koziol at email@example.com.
Information & Referral
- Collect, maintain, and provide information on disability related topics & resources from the local, state and national levels.
- Connect consumers with the appropriate resources necessary to meet their needs.
- Provide outreach, training and workshops for people with disabilities, their families and the community.
- Assist people with disabilities to transition from nursing homes and other institutional settings back to their homes and community.
- Provide, through the Youth Services program, information and training to youth and their families about transition to adult life. Facilitate the SAIL (Self-Advocacy, Independent Living) program the dRC developed for youth ages 17-21.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Outreach
In conjunction with the VA Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the DHOH program provides Core Services as well as a variety of other services and resources:
- Interpreter & CART Referrals
- Sign Language classes
- VDDHH Technical Assistance Program
- Loan to Own Equipment Program
- Technical Assistance for Veterans
Contact ReBecca Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-373-5890 (CAPTEL).
Facilitates school and community inclusion for all children and youth with disabilities and endorses a collaborative team approach to provide the needed supports and services for students with disabilities. Youth Services also includes transition information and planning including the SAIL (Self-Advocacy, Independent Living) transition program, SAIL was developed by the dRC for youth in their last two years of high school. Contact Cheryl Lloyd at email@example.com.
ADA Leadership Network
Customized training provided to those directly and indirectly affected by the Americans with Disabilities Act from dRC’s ADA Leadership Network Trainer. Available free training, which can be customized to meet your needs, include:
- Understanding the ADA
- Getting hired and moving ahead in a job when working with a disability
- Hiring people with disabilities: Tapping into talent
- Serving customers with disabilities
- Reaching individuals with disabilities: Accessibility in Federal, State and Municipal entities
- Reaching individuals with disabilities: Accessibility in private or commercial businesses
- Accessible technology in the workplace
- Accessible websites
Contact Kevin Koziol, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health, Wellness & Personal Growth
Weekly exercise and nutrition classes for people with disabilities, caregivers and family members. Classes are held Tuesday mornings 10:30 to noon. Register for class prior to attending. Contact Tennie Gratz, email@example.com.
Personal Assistance Services
Service Facilitation for Consumer-Directed services under the CCC+ Medicaid Waivers. Maintains registry of available personal assistants. Contact Jennifer Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Developmental Disabilities – Waiver Case Management
Case Management for people receiving the DD Waiver enabling them to remain at home instead of an institutional setting. Case Managers develop a plan of care and link people to services and supports. Contact Kaila Lohn at email@example.com.
Transition coordination and planning that enables people to leave a nursing home or institutional setting and return to their home and community. Contact Kathy Uchytil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Independent Living Groups
SAIL (Self-Advocacy, Independent Living) is the dRC’s Independent Living group for transition age youth ages 17 to 21 or in their last two years of school. SAIL meets weekly on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Contact Cheryl Lloyd, email@example.com for an application or for more information.
SOLE (Sharing Our Life Experiences) is the dRC’s Independent Living Group for young adults. SOLE members work on independent living skills, social skills, soft employment skills and more in a fun and supported environment. Meetings are scheduled two Mondays a month (except as noted) at the disAbility Resource Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Contact Debe Fults or 540-373-2559 at the dRC for registration and information prior to attending.
Wednesday Afternoon Life (WAL) is for adults with disabilities age 18 and older. The group is a mixture of events promoting independent living that we hope will interest you! Whether it’s a fun activity, social time or learning a new skill – it’s Wednesday Afternoon Live! Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the dRC. Space is limited; please RSVP to Kathy Uchytil at firstname.lastname@example.org at least one day prior to event.
Culpeper Office Hours
The dRC provides outreach services, information and referral, and Medicaid Waiver facilitation in the greater Culpeper area. Contact Cheryl Lloyd at email@example.com or ReBecca Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-373-2559 (voice) or 540-373-5890 (CAPTEL), for an appointment or more information.
Outreach to Veterans and their families by providing resources and information on Veterans’ supports and services.