Disabled Resource Servies was started in 1978 by people with disabilities who saw the need for an agency in Larimer County that understood the complexity that the combination of disabilities and low incomes impose on people who want to live independently.
- In 1978, the Handicapped Needs Assessment Project was started by the Larimer County Association of the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Its function was to survey the needs of Larimer County residents and determine whether an office was needed to provide information and referral advocacy and other services to people with disabilities. The survey results clearly indicated a need existed; therefore, an agency emerged to work with individuals with disabilities.
- In 1980, the agency changed its name to the Handicapped Information Office. Through its growth, development, and acceptance in the community, the agency began receiving funding from local entities such as United Way and Larimer County Human Resource.
- In 1984, the agency severed its association under the Larimer County Association of the Blind and Physically Handicapped in order to more clearly define its status as a service provider agency.
- In 1987, the agency changed its name to Disabled Resource Servies. In response to the growing demand for assistance by persons with disabilities, a satellite office was established in south Larimer County. Disabled Resource Servies is certified by the State of Colorado every three years as a center for independent living .
- In 2006, the agency initiated outreach into Jackson County, an underserved, rural county.
- In 2012, DRS relocated its main (Fort Collins) office to better serve its clients by improving privacyconfidentiality, providing more storage capacity for its Loan Closet program and allowing for future growth.