Promoting a New Perspective on Disability
People with disabilities face different barriers than those without disabilities—support from the community and peers is crucial to help create an independent individual.
Incorporated February 15, 1990, the Victoria Disability Resource Centre (VDRC) is a cross-disability, grassroots, not-for-profit organization run by and for persons with disabilities.
The Victoria Disability Resource Centre provides information and resources, peer support, employment services, and skills development services to persons with disabilities.
The Independent Living Philosophy
The Independent Living philosophy is an alternative approach to the traditional medical/rehabilitation service-delivery model. This philosophy promotes and encourages an attitude of ‘self-director’ in persons with disabilities. It means that they negotiate and access the community services and resources they need to participate as equal citizens in their community.
The philosophy recognizes the rights of individuals with disabilities to assume risks and make choices. It puts all decision-making right into their own hands. Consumers are encouraged to achieve self-direction over their personal care and the community services they need to achieve independence.