Our History

An active part of a big change

Empower, the Disability Resource Center, was originally established by persons with disabilities, community representatives, and advocates as a not-for-profit corporation in July 1997. With a small staff of three employees, our mandate was set to develop and deliver a broad range of supports and services to people with disabilities and to help advance the Independent Living (IL) movement in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The IL movement evolved across the country throughout the 1980s and 1990s, promoting consumer control and empowerment to enable persons with disabilities to take responsibility for, and make informed decisions about matters that affect their daily lives.

With this model in mind, Empower services and supports are available free of charge, to all individuals regardless of disability. You are not required to identify your disability in order to access our services. While the vast majority of consumers that use Empower are individuals with disabilities; supports and services are also available to family members, community groups, and the business community.

72% higher staff retention for people with disabilities.

A recent study found that employers had better staff retention when hiring people with disabilities.

Providing information about publicly accessible places in NL
Black Spruce Newsletter
Vol. 20 Issue 03
Oct - Dec 2017
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IL Award Nominations
Deadline for nominations
Friday Nov 06, 2017 4:30 PM
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