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Join us for the 7th Annual Disability Advocacy Conference
Voices. Votes. Values.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
at the Raleigh Hilton North Hills
3415 Wake Forest Road | Raleigh, North Carolina

Early bird rate good through March 15

Plenary Speaker – Judy Heumann

Paralyzed from polio at eighteen months, Judy’s struggle for equality began early in life. From fighting to attend grade school after being described as a “fire hazard” to later winning a lawsuit against the New York City school system for denying her a teacher’s license because of her paralysis, Judy’s actions set a precedent that fundamentally improved rights for disabled people.

As a young woman, Judy rolled her wheelchair through the doors of the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in San Francisco as a leader of the Section 504 Sit-In, the longest takeover of a governmental building in US history. Working with a community of over 150 disabled activists and allies, Judy successfully pressured the Carter administration to implement protections for disabled peoples’ rights, sparking a national movement and leading to the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Judy Heumann is an internationally recognized disability rights activist. She is a lifelong civil rights advocate and leader in the disability rights movement. Heumann’s incredible record of accomplishment has advanced the rights of people with disabilities in the U.S. and abroad.

Disability Rights North Carolina is thrilled to feature Judy Heumann as our plenary speaker in a conversation with DRNC Chief Executive Officer Virginia Knowlton Marcus. Hear Judy talk about how she has spent her life challenging assumptions about people with disabilities and advocating for equal rights. Judy’s memoir “Being Heumann,” published in early 2020, will be available for sale.

Session Topics Include:

  • Access the Vote NC 2020
  • The Criminal Justice system and the ADA
  • Medicaid transformation and other Medicaid topics
  • Special education – Allergies and the ADA
  • Disaster preparedness and response for people with disabilities
  • Ethics and Assistive Technology: Lawyers and Clients with Disabilities

Request an Accommodation

Individuals requiring accessibility accommodations should note specifics on the registration form or email conference@disabilityrightsnc.org.


Access to all conference materials will be made available to participants online. A printed version of the materials book is offered for an additional fee of $20. Scholarship recipients, and participants who require a printed version for accessibility purposes, can request a materials book at no charge as part of the registration or by emailing conference@disabilityrightsnc.org.

Continuing Education

Lawyers and paralegals licensed in North Carolina can receive up to 5.0 CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics credit (approval pending with the NC State Bar). The National Association of Social Workers – NC Chapter has endorsed this program for CE credit for social workers. Social workers and peer support specialists will be provided certificates of attendance (5 hrs) that may be used to obtain course credit.


The Raleigh Hilton North Hills, our host property, offers a discounted conference rate of $159 including a full breakfast. Call 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) or 919-719-4929 and reference the group code: DRNC or access our conference link on the Hilton website.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Sponsors and exhibitors are key to the success of our conference.  View our  sponsorship opportunities packet for details. Exhibitors are asked to sponsor at least at the advocate ($600) level.


Individuals with disabilities unable to pay the full registration fee may apply to Disability Rights NC to receive a discounted registration. These discounts are available through the generous support of our sponsors. Application forms are available on our website. All applications for scholarships must be submitted by April 15.

Scholarships are not available for individuals whose registration will be paid or reimbursed by an organization, corporation, or other corporate entity (such as a school, church, state or local agency, or nonprofit).

Residents of Mecklenburg County are eligible for scholarships through Mecklenburg First in Families.

Refund Policy

Full registration refunds minus a $25 handling fee will be given until April 15, 2020. After April 15, a refund of $75 (or the amount paid minus a $25 handling fee, if less than $75). Refunds will be issued by check within 21 days of receipt of a written request for a refund mailed to the attention of Susan McLean, or emailed to conference@disabilityrightsnc.org.

Authorization to Photograph and Video

By registering, participants provide their consent for Disability Rights NC to photograph and record video images at the event, and to use and publish such images.