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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.

90% of people with disabilities perform as well or better.

Research into the workplace integration of people with disabilities found they performed similar to their co-workers.

NEWS & EVENTS
Providing information about publicly accessible places in NL
Empower’s Annual BBQ
Saturday August 12, 2017
11:00AM - 3:00PM
Rotary Sunshine Park - St. Phillip's Read More
Take Two Gently Used Clothing Grand Opening Sale
38 Ropewalk Lane
Open Daily - 11:00 - 5:00PM
Closed Mondays Great Selections...Check Us Out! Read More
Spruce Up Party 2017
Thursday, July 20, 2017
4 Escasoni Place, St John's
See You There! Read More

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