Disability Partners - Pathways for the Future, Inc.

 

Contact:

Barbara Davis, Director

Address:

main office: 525 Mineral Springs Road 
Sylva, NC 28779 

Person First program: 2775 US 74 East
Sylva, NC 28779

Phone Number:

828-631-1167 (main office)

828-354-0296 (Person First program)

Fax Number:

828-631-1169

Email Address:

bdavis@disabilitypartners.org

Website Address:

www.disabilitypartners.org

Office Hours:

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location:

From Cullowhee, take Hwy 107 to Sylva. Turn right at Bogart's, then go past McDonald's and the hospital and merge onto Hwy 74 towards Waynesville.

For the main office, turn left onto Mineral Springs Rd after 2 miles. The office will be ~0.5 miles down the road, on the left in front of the staffed recycling center.
For the Person First office, make a u-turn on Hwy 74 at the first opportunity past the Exxon and the Quality Inn. Disability Partners is in the house just past Quality Inn.

Agency Description:

A nonprofit organization, Disability Partners works with individuals and the community to enhance, advocate for and support personal choices, independent living and community inclusion for people with disabilities. They offer four core services: information referral, peer counseling, independent living skills classes, and advocacy. Home care services are available through Medicaid and private pay. The CyberPals program places low cost donated, refurbished computers in homes of people with disabilities as well as providing basic computer training. The Person First program is a day program for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities. 

Training:

6-8 hours of training are required for both projects.

Time Commitment:

For our puppet shows, Pathways needs volunteers who are available one to two hours a month during the school day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers for CyberPals are needed 2-3 hours a week.

Skills, Experience, and Special Requirements:

Individuals with computer repair skills or computer knowledge to train consumers on internet basics are needed for CyberPals. Kids on the Block needs people with communication and some theater arts skills. Therapeutic recreation and related skills are beneficial in working with people with disabilities.

Volunteer Involvement:

Volunteers in the CyberPals program are needed to assist in recycling of donated computers. Also needed are volunteers to help train people to use computers. Volunteers in the Kids on the Block will perform rehearsed skits at local schools.

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