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  • Who We Are

    Who We Are

    Helping People with Disabilities Live Independently

    The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is a service and advocacy center run by and for people living with disabilities. The DRC supports people of all ages who have any type of disability to live independently and participate fully in community life.

    OUR MISSION OUR BROCHURE
  • Guide to Finding Housing

    Guide to Finding Housing

    Affordable, Accessible & Available (AAA) Housing

    The Disability Resource Center hopes this guide will make it easier for consumers to understand how to acquire Affordable, Accessible and Available (AAA) housing and how to obtain reasonable accommodations when necessary.

    Affordable Housing Workshop
  • Fighting with You

    Fighting with You

    Self-Advocacy and Community Action

    Supporting people of all ages who have all types of disabilities - The DRC organizes and supports collective action by people living with disabilities aimed at positive social change, the elimination of discriminatory barriers, and the creation of supportive and fully accessible community environment.

    Disability Advocacy
  • Membership

    Become a Member

    Consumer Control Drives the DRC

    Consumer Control is tied to the same concepts of self-reliance and self-determination that are essential for all people in our society. Voting Members have the exclusive right to vote for candidates who will serve on the Board of Directors- Your vote counts!

    Membership

The Disability Resource Center. is a service and advocacy organization run by and for people with disabilities. DRC supports the struggle of people who have all types of disabilities to live independently and participate fully in community life. Our Consumers choose what services they want from the DRC and they determine what, how and when to reach their independent living goals.

Consumer Control is the driving force in the Independent Living Movement. Consumer Control is tied to the same concepts of self-reliance and self-determination that are essential for all adults in our society. Whether disabled or not, people want and need to exert control over their own lives. When individuals have a sense of personal rights, autonomy, they also have the confidence to act on those rights.

Congress in its passage of Title 7 of the Rehabilitation Services Act with input from the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) has defined core principles and services for all Independent Living Centers (ILC’s) as a basis of operation. By setting these standards for ILC’s Congress has guaranteed that all ILC’s including the Disability Resource Center adhere to and uphold consumer control and it’s philosophy.

THE KEY ELEMENTS OF CONSUMER CONTROL ARE:

  1. Choice
  2. Significant participation in society
  3. Authoritative influence and a role in decision-making
  4. The right to take risks
  5. Having personal control over life choices, services and activities
  6. And the exercise of that power.

The consumer control philosophy which the DRC practices is as follows:

  • Consumer control at the policy level of the DRC is insured by a Board of Directors comprised of a majority of persons with disabilities;
  • Extensive representation of persons with disabilities among our administrative and service delivery staff;
  • Emphasis on services to a cross disability consumer population;
  • Commitment to consumer-directed goal choices and attainment of service objectives;
  • Provision of core services: information and referral, peer counseling, Independent Living skills training, individual advocacy and community advocacy. The DRC embraces self-determination, autonomy and independence in our daily operations and long term planning.

Voting Members Ensure Consumer Control

  1. Voting members must meet at least one of the following criteria:
    1. Must have a disability
    2. Be regarded as having a disability
    3. Must live or work in our service area
    4. Or receive service at the center
  2. Voting Members have the right to nominate candidates for the Board of Directors- this includes their own nomination.
  3. Voting Members have the exclusive right to vote for candidates who will serve on the Board of Directors.
    1. Board Members are your representatives and are directly involved and determine policy and decision-making.
    2. Board Members are your voice.

Non-Voting Members

  1. Non-voting Members must believe in the Independent Living/Consumer Control philosophy
  2. Non-voting Members are family, community members, and fellow service providers who want to offer support to the center and the center’s mission.

As with all voting opportunities, it is each of our responsibility and right to vote in an organization or government that upholds democracy and voting. The DRC encourages all to vote in our local, statewide and national elections as well as to be active in the DRC elections at our annual meeting each October.

If you need assistance to register to vote in statewide and national elections, the DRC can assist you in completion of required registration to vote forms.

You can be a member, voting or non-voting, of the DRC. You will receive special mailings regarding events/activities of interest to persons with disabilities and their supporters. You will receive announcements of special information sessions and political actions affecting the lives of persons with disabilities. You have access to our resource materials.

Thank you for your support and participation!

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Guide to Finding Housing

Guide to Finding Housing

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is committed to providing housing information & referrals to all individuals living with disabilities and interested parties.

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Phone: 978-741-0077
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27 Congress Street, Suite 107
Salem, MA 01970
Open: M-F 9 AM-5 PM
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