Disability Rights North Carolina advocates for the rights of people with disabilities throughout North Carolina. We handle cases involving discrimination, abuse and other rights violations. Our attorneys, advocates and other staff provide, and support the provision of, free legal advocacy services to North Carolinians with disabilities.

DRNC is North Carolina’s federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, independent of state government and the disability service system. This structure keeps us free of conflicts of interest that would undermine our zealously advocacy on behalf of the human and legal rights of people with disabilities.

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What It Means to be a P&A

The federal government mandates that every state have a Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system. We are the P&A for North Carolina. As a P&A, our responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that people with disabilities live in safe and humane conditions
  • Ensuring that people with disabilities are not unnecessarily institutionalized
  • Enforcing the rights of all North Carolinians with disabilities under federal and state law
  • Informing individuals about their legal rights and how to enforce them