Programs and Services of the Disability Resource Center Information and Referral (I&R) The Center provides information continuously to individuals living with disabilities, their families and friends, representatives of human service agencies, and cities and towns regarding resources and services available throughout the North Shore and Cape Ann Area. Independent Living Skills Training Independent Living Skills Development provides guidance for a person living with a disability to obtain the essential skills necessary to function in today’s complex society. Peer Counseling For success in IL, it is necessary to have confidence, to understand how to cope with being “out there” in society and being constantly viewed as “different.” Living as a person living with a disability, family issues and assertiveness in social and business situations are common areas of concern. Advocacy and Education DRC brings together its Members and acts in collaboration with other organizations such as the Massachusetts Statewide Independent Living Council and the other nine Independent Living Centers in Massachusetts, to eliminate barriers to full social participation by individuals with disabilities in our community. Transition Are you currently living in a nursing home or other facility and would like to return to living in your community? Are you a student aged 14 to 21 who has a disability and an IEP or 504 plan and are starting to plan your transition from student to adulthood? DRC provides services that facilitate transition of people living in nursing homes and other institutions back to the community, provide assistance to those at risk of entering institutions, and facilitate transition of youth to postsecondary life. Options Counseling Are you at risk of having to move into a nursing home or other facility? Are you currently in a hospital, rehab, or nursing home, and want to return to living in the community? DRC can help you identify what services and supports are available to you to support your successfully returning to, or remain living in, your community. DRC is here to support you through your decision making process.