Disability Rights North Carolina (DRNC) updates

*SPECIAL NOTICE* DRNC staff will be working from home to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and keep our clients and communities healthy. This means that we will continue to advocate for people with disabilities but will attend meetings by phone or video conference. This policy has been extended through the end of April.

DRNC’s phone line will be open during regular business hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Our staff will continue to work with clients and respond to calls and emails during this time. We hope you will join us in taking care of yourselves and others. Many people will be in need of assistance during this difficult time.

If you need help:

Online: Use our online intake form. Be sure to completely fill out the form. You may save and continue your work later. If you have trouble with the form or questions about how to fill it out, what information to include, or if you need an accommodation, please call our office at the number listed below.

After you submit the form, one of our intake staff will contact you within two business days.

Email: intake@disabilityrightsnc.org
Phone: Our phone lines are open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., M-F.
Live Intake by Phone: 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. M-F.

Local: 919-856-2195
Toll Free (within NC): 1-877-235-4210
TTY: 1-888-268-5535

Disaster Recovery Project

Hurricane Evacuation Route Sign


DRNC is thrilled to have begun work on a new disaster preparedness and recovery project.  Following Hurricane Florence, DRNC remains committed to ensuring North Carolinians with disabilities are able to access the information and services they need to be prepared for disasters, and recover when the unthinkable happens.  To learn more about this issue, please read our report:

The Storm After the Storm

Access the Vote NC

A paper with "voting rights" sits on top of the U.S. constitution, a gavel lays next to it.


DRNC has relaunched our Voting Rights initiative - Access the Vote NC!  As part of this initiative we have produced a first-of-its-kind accessible voter guide for the CD9 special election.  Head to the website to read more about the initiative, your rights to vote, and view the accessible guide options.



Innovations Waiver Survey


Have you, or someone you know, been approved for services under the Innovations Waiver or "B(3)" Services, but can’t find a provider? Take our survey and help us collect the information we need to change the system.

Innovations Waiver Survey

Community Living

Advocating for the employment of people with disabilities in competitive and integrated jobs & enforcing the right of people with disabilities to have equal access to their communities.

Community Living Resources

Disaster Prep & Recovery

Providing focused advocacy for disaster preparedness and recovery by identifying local resources, participating in local stakeholder groups, community organizing and advocating on behalf of individuals with disabilities.

More About Our Disaster Work


Ensuring that students with disabilities attend school free from abuse, including abusive interventions.

Our Education Focus


Promoting the right of self-determination.

Learn About Guardianship

Investigations & Monitoring

Keeping people safe in facilities through monitoring efforts and by investigating deaths and allegations of abuse and neglect.

More About Investigations and Monitoring

Prisons & Jails

Monitor jail deaths, advocate for improved treatment, and advocate for improved jail rules, including mandatory suicide prevention programs.

Advocacy for Prisoners

Services - Medicaid, etc.

Reducing unnecessary institutionalization of individuals with disabilities and advance home and community-based healthcare services and support.

Services- Medicaid and Beyond

Social Services - Representative Payees

Monitoring and investigating how representative payees administer Social Security funds for beneficiaries.

Social Security - Rep Payee Program Info


Working to ensure elections in North Carolina are accessible, and that the disability community knows their voting rights.

More About Access the Vote

We belong to the National Disability Rights Network

DRNC is a member of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN).  NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems in every state and U.S. territory. The P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.  For more more information, or to search for the P&A in other states, please visit www.ndrn.org.

"We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated."

- Maya Angelou