The 5 staff members
(From left to right): Frank Hayes, Executive Director; Theo Rogers, former Independent Living Coordinator; Barbara Clark, Independent Living Coordinator; Varie Lynn, Community Advocate; and Caitlin Hanvey, Office Manager. (Not pictured: Jocelyn Pruitt, Independent Living Coordinator)

The New River Valley Disability Resource Center (NRV DRC) assists individuals with disabilities to live independently. The center also serves the community at large by helping to create an environment that is accessible to all.

The New River Valley Disability Resource Center (NRV DRC) is a newly established Center for Independent Living (CIL), serving the New River Valley. We help people with disabilities live independently and work to create an accessible community.

NRV DRC is a private non-profit community agency, supported in part by a grant from The Commonwealth of Virginia and the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative services (DARS), the federal government, and through generous individual contributions. Governed by a local Board of Directors of which the majority identify themselves as disabled, NRV DRC serves residents in Floyd, Montgomery, Pulaski & Giles counties and the City of Radford.

What We Do

Assistance in gaining equal access to services that individuals with disabilities are entitled to receive.
Peer Support
Peer Support for persons with disabilities by persons with disabilities.
Independent Living Skills Training
Assistance in obtaining the skills needed to live independently, such as financial management, acquired social skills, household management etc..
Information Referral
Information about assistive devices, recreation, accessibility, legislation and other disability related issues. Referrals are also made to local service providers to assist individuals in locating resources needed to become or remain independent and in the community.
Transitional Services
Collaboration with school systems and other agencies to assist students with disabilities in transition from middle school to high school and post graduate opportunities.  Information on available assistance and services to eligible consumers transitioning out of a nursing home or other institution back into the community.

What We Provide

Housing Assistance
Assistance to individuals with disabilities who are homeless or who need to locate affordable, accessible housing.
Employment Services
Assistance with obtaining employment and work related issues. Social Security and other benefit counseling.
Disability Rights
Information about your rights and evaluation of local business, organization, etc. to ensure that all accessibility guidelines are followed.
Assistive Technology
Equipment provided on a loan basis and also assist consumers in obtaining their own equipment.
Technology Assistance Program
Devices for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have speech disabilities.
Community Action Advocacy Groups
Community needs of a people with disabilities are identified and strategies are developed to address  those needs.
Support Groups
Recreational activities, mutual encouragement and assistance in identifying and addressing personal to address those needs.
Computer Technology Instruction
Instruction in the utilization of accessible computer software.
Home Modifications
Ramps, grab bars, etc. provided to financially eligible individuals (Note: dependent on availability of funds).*
Educational Transition Services
Collaboration with school systems and other agencies to assist students with disabilities in transition from middle school and post graduate opportunities.
Institution Transitioning
Assistance with transitioning from nursing homes and other institutions back into the community. Sometimes accomplished through the Money Follows the Person Project.
Workshops for individuals, organizations and business. Included but not limited to sensitivity training, employment issues, ADA, fair housing, assistive technology.

Learn More About NRV DRC in Our Annual Reports Below: