Our History

Utilizing our collective power, DAC provides information and referral services while fostering attitudes, policies, and environments of equality and freedom. Our board strives to create a compassionate and accessible place for people with disabilities. We encourage people with disabilities to take control of their lives and to live life to the fullest.

In 1990 DAC was a program called North Idaho CIL and a part of Stepping Stones, Inc.  Federal law and diverging issues meant we had to form a new nonprofit to keep our grant funds.  The necessary documents were filled out and signed to become a new company and a 501c3 nonprofit. On May 1, 1993 DAC officially began business with a federal grant of about $100,000 and a public transit system that was struggling.  But with grass roots determination and collaborative leadership, DAC grew from the little grant project it was to what it is today.  In 1993, DAC had a budget of about $150,000. Last year, it paid out more than 1 million in payroll, owns two office buildings, and has offices in Moscow, Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene to serve the Inland Northwest.

Bryon Branting

Former President Bryon Branting

In February 2010, one of DAC’s great friends, Bryon Branting, left this world after a long battle with a resistant infection. Bryon goes back to the beginnings of DAC and before. Bryon was the first president of the DAC board of directors. While DAC had other presidents, Bryon stayed on the board, lending his common sense and calm, supportive demeanor to our meetings. While others came and went, Bryon stayed and became president again until his death.  Thanks Bryon for all you did for people with a disability. Peace be with you!