At Disabled Resource Services (DRS) we focus on helping people with all types of disabilities gain, regain or maintain their independence. A Colorado non-profit agency serving Larimer and Jackson counties, we advocate for change through calls to action for more accessible and integrated communities and we develop partnerships to accomplish more for the greater good of people with disabilities.
With more than 50% of staff having disabilities themselves, they are positive role models and provide peer support and mentoring. They share a bond that reflects the very nature of what it means to live with a disability, work with a disability or grow up with a disability.
DRS is a certified Center for Independent Living. It is one of nine non-profit agencies in Colorado that meet the unique and often complex needs of people with disabilities. Our staff of 13 help them acquire renewed hope, assist with setting goals and developing a plan to succeed, get needs met and assure they increase their independence and improved quality of life.
Mission Statement: Disabled Resource Services empowers individuals with all types of disabilities and all ages to achieve their maximum level of independence at home and in the community through setting and achieving goals, enhancing self-esteem, accessing resources, self-advocacy, peer support and education.
(Revised July 26, 2017)
Disabled Resource Services (DRS) began in 1978, an outgrowth of the Handicapped Needs Assessment Project conducted by the Larimer County Association of the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The project clearly showed a need existed for an agency that understood the unique struggles of people with disabilities around poverty and discrimination. From the beginning, DRS has addressed those issues by assisting people in accessing community resources, providing specific services and giving on-going peer support to navigate overwhelming challenges, pressing needs and complex social systems. In 1984 DRS became an independent agency and adopted its current name. It attained 501(c)(3) status in 1985 and became a Center for Independent living in 1988.
DRS continues to evolve, adapting to changes in society and law, but our focus remains on assisting people with disabilities, regardless of type. Assistance takes many forms, but focusing on people with disabilities, providing peer support, developing self-advocacy skills and ensuring consumer-control are a combination not found in other human services programs in our area.
Here are some milestones worth noting:
1978 Handicapped Needs Assessment Project began
1979 Handicapped Information Office opened
1982 Wine Fest fundraiser began
1984 Articles of Incorporation filed for Handicapped Information Office
1985 501(c)(3) non-profit status approved by the Internal Revenue Service
1987 Loveland office opened to better serve southern Larimer County
1987 Current name adopted
1988 Center for Independent Living certification achieved
2006 Jackson County added to our service area
2012 Fort Collins office relocated to better serve the community
2017 Nancy Jackson retires after 38 years as executive director
2018 DRS begins its new journey with a new executive director