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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
540-483-5113
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Disability rights, resource center coming to town

Friday, August 29, 2014

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

The Disability Rights & Resource Center (DRRC) is coming to Rocky Mount, beginning Monday, Sept. 1.

DRRC, a spin-off of the Blue Ridge Independent Living Center in Roanoke, is a private, non-profit community agency providing independent living services for the counties of Franklin, Patrick, Henry and Pittsylvania and the cities of Martinsville and Danville.

Through DRRC, individuals with disabilities can receive assistance in gaining equal access to services to which they are entitled. The DRRC also offers peer counseling from other persons with disabilities.

"We will also offer assistance in obtaining the skills needed to live independently," said Executive Director Tom Mason.

The center will help individuals with financial, social and household management skills, as well as information and referrals, Mason said.

"The center offers information about assistive devices, recreation, accessibility, legislation and other disability-related issues," he said. "Referrals can also be made to local service providers to assist individuals in locating resources needed to become or remain independent in the community."

The center is supported by local and state sources and donations from businesses and individuals in the service area.

The DRRC is governed by a board of directors, many of whom have disabilities of their own.

For more information, to become a board member or volunteer or to make a tax-deductible donation, call (540) 482-0752.

The center is located at 5 East Court Street in Rocky Mount.

 
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