DISABILITY RESOURCE  NETWORK, INC. 


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ABOUT US



FOUNDED IN 2003, THE DISABILITY RESOURCE NETWORK HAS SPENT THE LAST DECADE WORKING WITH STUDENTS AND ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES.

             
OUR MISSION
       The Disability Resource Network is dedicated to providing adults with disabilities with the skills they need to become positive and productive members of their communities. We encourage our clients to become actively involved in directing their own lives, across the spectrum of academic, vocational, living, social, and recreation domains.

        We believe that regardless of disability our young people can learn to make their own decisions and achieve independence. We strive to put an end to the societal stigma that often attaches to disability, and eliminate obstacles to inclusion, both real and perceived. We believe that by both encouraging young adults to live independently, and educating our communities, we can help motivate society as a whole to join the effort to remove physical, social, and opportunistic barriers that currently exist.

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Advocated for student rights at hundreds of PPT's and team meetings
  • Assisted mobility impaired clients getting ramps built, power wheelchairs donated, and handicap vans modified and donated.
  • Created volunteer opportunities at local agencies such as TEAM, Orange Community Center, Diaper Bank, etc. 
  • Advised more than 300 families on the steps to take in order to receive benefits or assistance from DDS or BRS
  • Partnered in hosting a conference for people with disabilities in 2008 called Powerfest
  • Assisted students in applying to and attending college with the necessary assistance provided
  • Assisted young adults with disabilities with moving into their own apartments, taking license tests for people with disabilities, and becoming gainfully employed in their communities.

MEET OUR DIRECTOR

  1. John P. Esteves Sr.
    John P. Esteves Sr.
    An advocate and activist in the disability field, John Esteves has worked to expand horizons for youth with disabilities for the past 20 years. A car accident in 1993 resulted in John becoming paraplegic and a wheelchair user at the age of 28. After recovering, he attended programs to learn how to re-enter the workforce as a disabled adult and quickly embarked on a path that resulted in founding his own agency in 2003. Over the past 20 years, John has been affiliated with various organizations and state boards such as the State of Connecticut Disability Council. He has been honored to receive a wide variety of awards which include Mentor of the Year, the Governor's Public Service Award, and Spirit of the ADA award.