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Welcome to the Disability Resource Center of Panama City

At the Disability Resource Center (DRC) of Panama City, we are proud to be your Center for Independent Living (CIL), dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities to live fully autonomous and engaged lives. Serving Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Franklin, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, and Washington counties, we are deeply committed to the communities in the Florida panhandle, offering support, resources, and advocacy to enhance the independence and well-being of people with disabilities.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote the independence, integration, and full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life. We believe in a society where individuals with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to lead fulfilling lives. At the DRC, we work tirelessly to make this vision a reality through a range of services designed to empower and support.

A Member of FACIL

The Disability Resource Center is a proud member of the Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living (FACIL). This affiliation connects us with a statewide network of centers committed to advancing the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities. Together, we advocate for systemic change, share best practices, and strengthen our capacity to serve our communities effectively.

Our Services

As a Center for Independent Living, we offer a core set of services that include, but are not limited to:

  • Advocacy: Educating and assisting individuals in understanding their rights, advocating for themselves, and navigating systems to effect change.
  • Independent Living Skills Training: Offering instruction and skill-building in areas essential for living independently, such as budgeting, cooking, transportation, and social skills.
  • Information and Referral: Connecting individuals with disabilities to community resources, services, and supports that enhance their quality of life.
  • Peer Support: Facilitating connections between individuals with disabilities to share experiences, offer support, and foster a sense of community.
  • Transition Services: Supporting youth transitioning out of high school and individuals transitioning from or to avoid nursing home placement.

In addition, we specialize in services for the deaf and hard of hearing community, providing telecommunications assistance, interpreting services, and educational resources to ensure effective communication and access to services.

Appointment-Based Services

Due to our commitment to providing personalized and effective support, most of our services are offered by appointment. This approach allows us to ensure that each individual receives the attention and resources they need to achieve their goals for independence. Our small, dedicated staff is passionate about making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, and we strive to offer flexible and responsive services to meet the diverse needs of our community.

Connect With Us

If you or someone you know could benefit from our services, or if you’re interested in learning more about how you can support our mission, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Together, we can build a more inclusive and accessible community for everyone.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to find out more about how we can assist you:

Disability Resource Center of Panama City
Phone: (850) 769-6890
Email: outreach@drcpc.org
300 West 5th Street
Panama City, Florida 32401

Join us in our journey towards independence, inclusion, and empowerment for all individuals with disabilities in the Florida panhandle.

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