• Disability Rights North Carolina advances and defends the rights of people with disabilities.


  • Disability Rights North Carolina works to achieve a just society where people with disabilities are free from discrimination and abuse.
  • Our goal is a fully integrated and accessible community – where people with disabilities have power, equal opportunity, and freedom to make their own decisions.


  • We believe that people with disabilities have the right to be heard and a right to live in the world.
  • We increase the power of people with disabilities through advocacy and the relentless pursuit of justice.
  • Disability Rights North Carolina values integrity, creative strategies, and collaboration in our work.
  • We support human dignity, diversity, and civil rights.
  • We fight for full inclusion and self-determination.

Our Organization’s History

DRNC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and valued member of the National Disability Rights Network, is the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system for North Carolina. North Carolina’s P&A was a unit of state government (the Governor’s Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities) for 30 years, until it merged with the former Carolina Legal Assistance in 2007 to become a private, independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since that time, DRNC has continued to fight for the rights of people with disabilities in North Carolina.

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