The disAbility Resource Center has been serving the community since 1993. Learn how this small organization has made a tremendous impact on the entire area.
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 another building, located on Princess Anne Street, for its Equipment Connection. 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.