How We Got Started
The New River Valley Disability Resource Center (NRV DRC) is a newly established Center for Independent Living (CIL), serving the New River Valley. We assist individuals with disabilities to live as independently as possible. The center also serves the community at large by helping to create an environment that is accessible to all.
NRV DRC is a 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 the counties of Floyd, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Giles and the City of Radford.
What We Do
Assistance in gaining equal access to services that individuals with disabilities are entitled to receive.
Information and Referral
Information about assistive devices, recreation, accessibility, legislation, and other disability-related topics. Referrals are also made to local service providers to assist individuals in locating resources needed to become or remain independent and in the community.
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.
Collaboration with school systems and other agencies to assist students with disabilities 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.
Assistance to individuals with disabilities who are homeless or who need to locate affordable, accessible housing.
Equipment provided on a loan basis and also assist consumers in obtaining their own equipment (Note: dependent on availability).*
Recreational activities, mutual encouragement, and assistance in identifying groups and/or programs to address individual needs.
Assistance with transitioning from nursing homes and other institutions back into the community. Sometimes accomplished through the Money Follows the Person Project.
Assistance with obtaining employment and with work-related issues related to disabilities.
Technology Assistance Program
Devices for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have speech disabilities.
Ramps, grab bars, walk-in showers, etc. provided to financially eligible individuals (Note: dependent on the availability of funds).*
Presentations for individuals, organizations, and businesses. We offer presentations on ADA compliance and disability etiquette training, among many other topics.
Information about your rights and evaluations of local businesses, organizations, etc. to ensure that all accessibility guidelines are followed.
Community Action Advocacy Groups
Community needs of people with disabilities are identified and strategies are developed to address those needs.
Educational Transition Services
Collaboration with school systems and other agencies to assist students with disabilities in transition from middle school and post-graduate opportunities.