disAbility Resource Center of the Rappahannock Area, Inc.
“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.” – dRC mission statement.
Legislative Forum – Come and fill the room!
You are invited to attend the disAbility Resource Center’s Legislative Forum on September 4, 2019 from 6:30 p.m-8:30 p.m. at the Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Rd, Fredericksburg to discuss issues affecting the disability community with local and state candidates for office.
The format for the evening will be very simple. We will begin with introductions and then we would like you, people with disabilities and your families, to talk about talk about concerns and issues that affect your life or your family member’s life. We plan to give each person approximately three minutes to speak and then we will have the candidates respond to the issues presented.
We foresee this forum as an informal awareness and educational event for all involved. We would like the candidates in our districts to learn more about the issues facing the disability community and then we can hear about the candidates’ interest in these issues. Some of the topics to be addressed include affordable, accessible housing; the need for more transportation options; employment opportunities; waiting lists for needed services; living wages for care givers; appropriate education for students with disabilities; and expanding independent living services provided by Centers for Independent Living.
We have invited all those running for office in Planning District 16 which includes legislative districts that cover the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, and King George. We have also invited the Mayor and City Manager of Fredericksburg in addition to the Chairmen of the Boards of Supervisors for each of the counties.
We hope the evening will provide enlightenment for all, and we look forward to seeing you there. Please confirm your participation as soon as possible by calling the dRC office at the number above. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on September 4, 2019.
We welcome you to stay and share snacks and beverages after the forum while meeting your voters.
The dRC staff work to enable people of all disabilities of all ages to live as independently as possible. We do that in a variety of ways including independent living skills training, peer mentoring, advocacy, facilitating transition from institutional care to the community and from school to adult life, and by providing information to individuals, their families, and the community on different services and supports.
Independent living does not mean that someone must do everything for themselves. Some people need the assistance of aides, technology, therapies, and/or natural supports (families, friends, neighbors, etc.). But no matter the supports, people with disabilities have a voice and a choice regarding decisions about their lives and they should have the independence to make those decisions.. The dRC believes people with disabilities should always be included as a member of their community. It is what we are passionate about. It is what we do. It is the right thing to do!
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