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.

DAC-VAC program

DAC-VAC program is geared towards helping persons with disabilities within our service area with education, tools, and resources pertaining to Covid-19 vaccinations.

Title VII, Part C Centers for Independent Living (the Rehabilitation Act) conduct a range of vaccination-related activities, such as: 

Education about the importance of receiving a vaccine

Identifying people unable to independently travel to a vaccination site

Helping with scheduling a vaccine appointment

Arranging or providing accessible transportation

Providing companion/personal support

Reminding people of the second vaccination appointment if needed; and/or 

Providing technical assistance to local health departments or other entities on vaccine accessibility.

Learn how to stay safe from #COVID19! Check out CDC’s free materials: https://go.usa.gov/xFvXw

Disability Information Access Line (DIAL):

DIAL is a free public service created to support people with disabilities and their families who are seeking information related to COVID-19 vaccines, local vaccination sites, and other local resources to help them live independently. For more information on DIAL, visit https://acl.gov/DIAL.

Emergency Preparedness Resources for People with Disabilities

DAC is working with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in addition to other local emergency preparedness resources to help you be prepared in the case of an emergency or natural disaster. Contact Us to help build your emergency preparedness kit.

Disability intersects every demographic group. There are people with disabilities of all ages, races, genders and national origins. And disabilities can impact a person in a variety of ways—both visible and invisible. For people with disabilities and their families, it is important to consider individual circumstances and needs to effectively prepare for emergencies and disasters.

There are four steps you can take to be prepared for disasters: Stay Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Get Involved:

Stay informed. Know what types of disasters impact your area. Sign up for emergency alerts. Pay attention to emergency broadcasts. Knowing when and how to evacuate and where to go to shelter can save your life.

Make a plan. Talk with your family or roommates. Discuss how you’ll evacuate or shelter in place. Decide how you’ll communicate if disaster hits when you’re not home.

Build a kit. Think about more than just food, water, and clothing. People with disabilities should consider the items they use on a daily basis, as well as life-sustaining items such as medications or batteries for assistive devices.

Now is the time for people with disabilities to think about personal disaster preparedness. @FEMA suggests four steps you can take: Stay Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Get Involved.

When building a kit, people with disabilities should consider the items they use daily, as well as life-sustaining items.www.ready.gov/disability

Become a Volunteer

Looking to find out more information on how to volunteer? Follow the link below to submit a volunteer registration form. 

 

We’ll help you gain more insight into how we help raise and empower persons with disabilities in our communities.

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

DAC Board Members

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