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Coste, who joined the DRNC team on September 3, will focus her Equal Justice Works Fellowship on reducing North Carolina’s over-reliance on Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs) and ending the “PRTF-to-prison pipeline” in North Carolina.
Disaster Recovery Project
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:
Access the Vote NC
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.
DRNC continues to work towards fully inclusive employment for all. Following a a two-year investigation into employment services in the state, including interviews with hundreds of workers with disabilities who are paid less than the federal and state minimum wage, we have released a report, Moving Into the Economic Mainstream, and renewed calls for inclusive employment practices.
Disability Rights North Carolina (DRNC) is the federally designated protection and advocacy agency for the State of North Carolina. We are also a nonprofit organization. DRNC provides resources for self-advocacy and community engagement. In addition we engage in strategic civil litigation, advocate for policy changes, and work to educate the public about disability rights and the disability community.
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: https://www.ndrn.org/about/ndrn-member-agencies/