On November 2, 2012, Disability Rights NC received the 2012 Exemplary Work Award from Friends of Residents in Long Term Care. The award recognizes the organization's work in supporting North Carolina's consumers of long-term care.
At its annual awards banquet on October 4, 2012, the Raleigh Mayor's Committee presented its 2012 "Excellence in Housing" Award to Disability Rights NC. The award recognizes the leadership of Disability Rights NC to ensure that our State complies with the ADA and eliminates the segregation of North Carolinians with mental illness in adult care homes.
The NC Association of Women Attorneys presented Senior Attorney Lisa Grafstein with the 2012 Gwyneth B. Davis Public Service Award. The award is given each year to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in promoting the participation of women attorneys in the legal profession and the rights of women under the law.
On May 10, 2012, the NC Justice Center recognized Disability Rights NC as one of its 2012 Defenders of Justice in the Policy Research and Advocacy category. First presented in 1999, the Defenders of Justice Awards honor those who have made significant contributions to North Carolina's fight against poverty in four areas that reflect the scope of the Justice Center's work: litigation, research and public policy development, public policy advocacy, and grassroots empowerment and community capacity building. For more information about the NC Justice Center, check out its website.
Disability Rights NC received the Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Award - the state's highest honor for nonprofits - presented by the NC Center for Nonprofits at its annual conference in September 2011. The Award recognizes nonprofits whose organizational effectiveness furthers the public's understanding of and trust in the state's nonprofit sector. Disability Rights NC was recognized for effectively using varied approaches to advocating for people with disabilities, expanding its community outreach efforts and building and maintaining exemplary relationships with diverse stakeholders. "We selected Disability Rights NC for its successful use of a dozen different tools to improve public policies and services for people with disabilities," said Jane Kendall, president of the NC Center for Nonprofits. "One change in the law can change the lives of millions of people . . . ."
Present to accept the award were Executive Director Vicki Smith, Board Chair Beth Garriss Hardy, Board Member Rusty Bradstock, Chief Administrative Officer Janice Willmott, Chief Financial Officer Charlie Barnes and Director of Development Elaine Whitford.
In June 2011, the NC Mental Health Consumers Organization recognized Executive Director Vicki Smith, Advocate Karen Murphy and PAIMI Advisory Council Chair David Cornwell “for going the extra mile for mental health consumers in NC.”
In August 2010, The Arc of NC recognized Disability Rights NC with its 2010 President’s Award for “providing exceptional advocacy on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” “The advocacy has taken the form of individual assistance, lawsuits, collaboration with other organizations on public policy and widespread information dissemination.”
Disability Rights North Carolina received the Advocacy Award during the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) annual conference held in Los Angeles in June 2010. The Award was given in recognition of the nonprofit organization’s outstanding work in protecting the rights of people with disabilities to live in the community. Vicki Smith, Executive Director of Disability Rights North Carolina, accepted the Award on behalf of the organization’s Board of Directors and staff.