Do you have a disability? Do you care for someone with a disability?
Do you have a mental illness? Do you care for someone with a mental illness?
Are you having trouble getting the services you need?
Have you been discriminated against because of your disability?

Disability Rights NC may be able to help. We deal with cases involving discrimination or violations of the rights of people with disabilities. We provide advocacy and legal services at no charge to people with disabilities throughout North Carolina. Learn more about our organization.


New Video #2 on Innovations Waiver

Link to Disability Rights' Video page

Our second video on the Innovations Waiver changes explains how your "base budget" was determined. It also provides tips on what to do if your budget isn't enough to meet your needs. Check out the new video and our first introductory video on our Videos page. For more details, read our Guide to the Changes in the Innovations Waiver.

Disability Rights NC Reaches Settlement on Service Animals

The case arose in early 2015, when Disability Rights NC filed suit on behalf of Roger Wiker of Mooresville, an individual with limited vision who uses a guide dog. Mr. Wiker was told that his guide dog would have to stay behind while he received podiatry care. As an individual with a disability, Mr. Wiker has a federally-protected right to be accompanied by his guide dog in most areas of a doctor’s office or hospital. Mr. Wiker’s lawsuit alleged that separating him from his guide dog would violate his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act. Read more.

January 2017 eNews

In this issue:

  • Registration for 2017 Disability Advocacy Conference Now Open!
  • New Video and Guide on Innovations Waiver Changes
  • New Fact Sheet on IEP Implementation
  • Coming Up: Screenings of the "Bottom Dollars" Documentary

Fact Sheet on IEP Implementation

Creating an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that meets the needs of a student with a disability can be a challenging process. That's why it can be so frustrating for parents when, after working hard to get a quality IEP for their student, they discover that the IEP is not being properly implemented. This fact sheet explains some of the ways parents and schools can resolve problems with IEP implementation. It also explains when compensatory education may be required to make up for the special education services the student did not receive.

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You are invited to attend our meetings.

Quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors and PAIMI Advisory Council are open to the public. If you plan to join us, please let us know by sending an email to or calling 877-235-4210. Members of the public are invited to make brief comments (no longer than 3 minutes) to the board at the beginning of the meeting right after the Welcome and Introductions. Disability Rights NC is a federally-funded program and cannot reimburse individuals who are not board or council members for transportation, meals, lodging, etc.

Next Board meeting: Friday, March 17, 2017 beginning at 9:00 am at TBD.

Next PAIMI Advisory Council meeting: Thursday, March 16, 2017 beginning at 9:00 am at TBD.

(Quarterly meetings include a lunch break for board and PAIMI AC members. Lunch is not provided to members of the public due to budgetary constraints.)

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