On November 18th, 2019, Carla Dean with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) came to the NRV DRC office and educated staff about other potential options for consumers. Whether needing home repairs, home modifications, or wanting to purchase a new home, USDA is another great resource NRV DRC can provide to consumers. As with any loan or grant program, there are eligibility requirements. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the USDA programs, please give one of our Independent Living Coordinators a call at 540-266-1435.
The Community Foundation of the New River Valley announced there were numerous grants being offered to nonprofits in the NRV area. Tiffany Allison (Community Advocate), wrote the proposal for a new program for NRV DRC using the acronym LEAN, which stands for Loan Equipment for Accessibility Needs. Money awarded via this grant will be used to purchase assistive equipment to officially begin the LEAN program for consumer. In other words, anyone who has a disability and a temporary need for equipment, can borrow – free of charge – an item as long as they have plans to obtain their own during that time. Any equipment borrowed must be returned so other individuals can have an equal opportunity to access their environment at no cost.
On November 13th, 2019 NRV DRC’s staff members Theo Rogers and Tiffany Allison attended a luncheon with the Community Foundation of the New River Valley and was awarded a grant in the amount of $1250.00 to go towards NRV DRC’s LEAN program. NRV DRC would like to give a big THANK YOU to the Community Foundation of the NRV for your generous contribution.
This was the second year in a row that staff members of the NRV DRC were able to volunteer with the disAbility Law Center of Virginia (dLCV) on Election Day. Tuesday November 5, 2019 NRV DRC staff surveyed several polling sites in an effort to provide feedback on voter accessibility in the New River Valley. Polling sites included in the survey were in Montgomery County, Giles County, Floyd County, and The City of Radford. The statewide initiative is to recognize challenges voters with disabilities face and encourage continued advancements to allow for increased accessibility at polling stations. Staff successfully evaluated all accessibility areas involved in the voting process for compliance. The disAbility Law Center strives to create a more accessible environment at the polling stations to promote electoral participation for all members of the community. All findings were reported to the disAbility Law Center of Virginia.