NRV Livability Initiative Highlights NRV DRC in Latest Newsletter

The New River Valley Livability Initiative, along with the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, a leading partner in supporting the implementation of the NRV Livability Initiative’s goals and  strategies, included NRV DRC in its latest newsletter.  In the article, NRV DRC’s designation as one of Virginia’s newest CILS was mentioned, as well as its mission, success, and support to individuals with disabilities in the NRV.

NRV DRC thanks the New River Valley Livability Initiative and the Community Foundation of the New River Valley for recognizing our efforts!

Click the link below for the full article and for more information about our friends at Livability Initiative of the New River Valley.

New River Valley Disability Resource Center Grows Independence

NRV DRC Hosts the Disability Day of Mourning

On Friday, March 1, the NRV DRC held a candlelight vigil to memorialize those who have been murdered by family members or caregivers due to their disability, a crime known as filicide. The event brought in numerous people from the New River Valley, and local media coverage attended to report on the memorial. The afternoon of events included signs, speakers, a reading of names of those who have been murdered, and literature on filicide and how to advocate against it.

Several links to media coverage are below. We wish to thank WSLS10, WFXR, the Roanoke Times, WUVT, National Public Radio, and the Radford News Journal.

WSLS10, WFXR, National Public Radio

Screenshot of Roanoke Times article on Disability Day of Mourning shows Tiffany Allison leading group discussion on topic and a picture of flyers listing people with disabilities who’ve been killed
Roanoke Times, photo credit to Matt Gentry

NRV DRC Staff Volunteer for Voter Accessibility

Staff Members Tiffany Allison and Belle Ierardi volunteered on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 with the disAbility Law Center of Virginia in an effort to provide feedback on voter accessibility in Montgomery County. The statewide initiative is to recognize challenges facing voters with disabilities and encourage continued advancements to allow for increased accessibility at the poling stations. Allison and Ierardi visited 16 out of the 21 sites in Montgomery County and evaluated all accessibility areas involved in the voting process. The disAbility Law Center strives to create a more accessible environment at the poling stations to promote electoral participation for all members of the community.

A woman with reddish brown hair speaks to a reporter, a dark haired man looking at a small notepad and writing notes, and a photographer, a tall gray haired man holding a camera to his eye
Allison shares her voter accessibility findings with Yann Ranaivo, reporter, and Matt Gentry, photographer, both with the Roanoke Times.

Artists with PTSD

Report featuring Veteran Artist Felta Virginia, curator of NRV DRC’s Veteran’s Art Show.

Nearly 8-percent of Americans will experience some form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in their life.

from WDBJ7

Independence on a Mission

The New River Valley Disability Resource Center located in Christiansburg opened its doors in June 2016. Once operating as a satellite of the Blue Ridge Independent Living Center in Roanoke, the NRV DRC’s presence focuses on assisting people with disabilities within the four counties of the New River Valley – Floyd, Montgomery, Pulaski and Giles – plus the city of Radford. But “focus” is a deceiving term when considering the work ahead.

The Roanoke Times