dRC Programs

Besides our many services, dRC has unique programs to increase independence for people with disabilities. Most of our programs are targeted for a specific topic, goal, or objective.

Just like our client services, all dRC programs are free of charge.

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Introducing a new, free service for you from dRC!!
Occupational Therapy Services

Occupational therapy (OT) helps people across the lifespan do the things they want and need to do through therapeutic use of daily activities. Through our partnership with TN Wesleyan College, dRC is now offering Occupational Therapy services, free of charge, to our consumers. You may need OT following an injury, illness, or disability, so these OT services will help develop, recover, improve, or maintain the skills needed for daily living. The primary goals of OT are empowering clients to participate in activities, reaching independence, and improving quality of life. We follow individualized, client-centered plans to treat our clients. Occupation refers to those everyday activities that people do, as individuals or with a group, to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to one’s life. This could be cooking, dressing, bathing, driving, working, going out with friends, or engaging in leisurely activities. Anything at all, personally or professionally, that a person may do throughout their day would be considered an occupation. ​No matter the setting or age group, occupational therapists work to provide treatments that are individualized to the client’s goals, values, desires, and environments.

We recognize that the journey to recovery is better when the individual enjoys and is motivated to engage in therapy to work toward their individual goals.

If you would like to receive OT services whether in-person at dRC or virtually, please call (865) 637-3666 or email Anne Ray Henson at: arhenson@drctn.org.

Chatty Cafe

Chatty Café is a peer support group for adults with all types of disabilities. Participants are encouraged to suggest discussion topics, activities, and speakers that will bring interest to the group. Examples of topics previously discussed are, but not limited to, positive mental health, dealing with depression, confronting discrimination, dealing with difficult people, facing day-to-day challenges as a person with a disability, etc.

For more information about Chatty Café and how to become involved please call (865) 637-3666 or email: mshipstad@drctn.org.

X-Treme Challenge

dRC’s X-Treme Challenge is a program/presentation that involves people experiencing disability awareness firsthand. This interactive presentation includes activities such as a Beeper Ball game – baseball or kickball with players being blindfolded, a wheelchair obstacle course, a white cane walk, Simon Says using sign language, etc. Participants experience, in a fun and positive way, the physical and attitudinal barriers faced by people with disabilities. dRC will bring our X-Treme Challenge to your business, school, university, agency, community center, summer program, etc., free of charge (upon request). To schedule and reserve an X-Treme Challenge presentation please call (865) 637-3666 or email Mike Scripa at: mscripa@drctn.org.

Access Knoxville

Access Knoxville is a program informing the Knoxville community of the most accessible, disability-friendly restaurants, theaters, hotels/motels, retail stores, etc., within the Knox County area. Access Surveys, along with ADA requirements and instructions, have been created to rate the ADA Compliance of a public facility. The survey, along with instructions, is provided on this website. It is available to print for anyone who is interested in surveying a local public facility to rate its physical access and programming. We ask everyone to please kindly request permission from the facility’s manager before conducting the survey. These public facilities are under no obligation to agree to have the survey conducted in their facility. This is not a survey to be used for “legal purposes” or for negative publicity in any way! The Access Knoxville program is to assist the facility in knowing what to do and how to do it to increase and maintain accessibility for people with disabilities in regard to equal inclusion for their business. After completing the survey, we ask you to please mail your survey to dRC so we can learn and review your findings. We will list the most accessible business, retail stores, theaters, etc., on our website to encourage people with disabilities to frequent these facilities in appreciation for their equal access and inclusion. We will proudly feature these businesses knowing that patrons with disabilities will have a positive experience while visiting them, and this will also provide our high scorers some free positive publicity!

COMING SOON: If you are interested in conducting an Access Knoxville survey, please click on the link below.