Our mission is to assist persons with disabilities in accomplishing their independent living goals and objectives. We strive to ensure that the community in which they live is fully accessible, including equal access to programs and services.

 

DAC provides the following 5 core IL services to individuals within our service area (Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham counties) independent living skills training, information and referral, institutional and youth transitions support, individual and systems advocacy, and peer mentoring.

About Us

Disability Advocacy Center (DAC) is a 501c3 nonprofit, woman/minority-led, consumer controlled, community-based advocacy, and independent living (IL) service organization. Our primary focus is serving people with cross-disabilities in Guilford, Alamance, Randolph, Rockingham and Caswell counties. Our mission is to help persons with cross-disabilities to attain their independent living goals, to be fully included in all aspects of our society, and to promote equal rights, equal access, and equal opportunity.

 

DAC is fully committed to serving people with cross-disabilities in the five (5) independent living (IL) core services consisting of IL skills training, information and referral, institutional and youth transitions support, individual and systems advocacy, and peer mentoring in our covered region in accordance with the Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

 

Since DAC’s establishment as an official Center for Independent Living (CIL) in October 2020, eligible consumers have received independent living services consistent with Title VII CIL services, to include transportation, financial sustainability, and housing. Our staff provides services to ensure individuals with cross-disabilities achieve equitability, accessibility, and inclusivity.

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Our Services

Nursing Home Transistions

Assistance is provided in transiting person with significant disabilities from an intuitional setting. This maximizes the consumers potential to function independently in their own homes.

Systems Advocacy

Systems advocacy seeks to engage local, state, and national leaders in an ongoing dialogue regarding public policy as it relates to citizens with disabilities. Issues such as accessibility, public accommodations, and transportation are significant in promoting full inclusion in every aspect of community life. ADANC promotes self-determination as a component of advocacy and supports employment and voting as important self-directed steps along a path to greater independence. ADANC offers education to assist individuals with disabilities in understanding their rights and responsibilities as members of their communities.

Youth Transitions

Youth with disabilities who are eligible for individualized education programs and have completed secondary education are transitioned from a secondary setting to a post secondary educational program.

Peer Support

Consumer are provided with guidance through peer to peer counselors or mentors who have reached a certain level of independence or self-sufficiency.

Independent Living Skills Training

Training is provided to indiviuals according to their needs. It may entail transportation, budgeting, disability rights, cookings, etc.

Individual Advocacy

Individual advocacy skills allow people with disabilities to become proficient in their efforts to increase their access to the services and programs they desire in the community they choose. ADANC helps each individual develop effective communication skills so they gain the necessary support services to accomplish their personal goals. This is accomplished by a Community Inclusion Specialist working directly with a consumer.

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We help to provide professional attire for persons with disabilities who may also be of low-income households to help support their employment goals.

Disabilities Benefits Assistance

We help persons who are eligible to  receive Social Security benefits like SSSI or SSDI, through the application and appeals process

Veteran's Assistance Program

We assist former U.S. military servicemen women with disabilities in the process of applying for eligible  benefits. 

ADA/Disability Rights Training

We empower persons with disabilities with the education to know their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response

We offer support for those who may experience sudden natural disasters with a strategic plan so that the plan can be executed immediately if a major disaster or emergency occurs.

Disability, Etiquette & Sensisitivity Training

Consumers are provided with nonlegal advocated who informed them of their rights and represent them to ensure they get equal access to programs and services.

DAC Staff

SHANA AYSCUE
Executive Director
MARK SPRINGFIELD
Community Inclusion Specialist
ANGELA BRITTIAN
Administrative Assistant
SHONDA SUTTON
Community Inclusion Specialist
Sharon Thomas
DAC-VAC Program Assistant
MAGGIE AMOS
Community Inclusion Specialist
JANE MCDANIEL
Regional Advocate Supervisor
Pamela Haywood
Community Inclusion Specialist
Ada Alexander
Accounting Administrator
Emily Kibler
Transition to Community Inclusion Specialist

DAC Board Members

B.J. GERALD COVINGTON
Chairperson
JANET HARRELL
Vice Chair
SUZANNE YOUNG
Treasurer
FRANK YOUNG
Board Member
STEPHANIE BREVARD
Secretary
DENNIS BURGESSS
Board Member
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Information and Referrals

Information is provided about pertinent community and disability resources.

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Disability Advocate Center (DAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit independent living (IL) service organization that is woman-owned, minority-owned, community-based, and consumer-controlled.

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