The Champions for Equality and Justice Awards presented by Disability Rights North Carolina recognize and honor advocates who have made outstanding efforts to increase the awareness of disability rights issues in North Carolina, to remove both physical and attitudinal barriers for people with disabilities, to create a more inclusive community, and to speak for and represent those who cannot represent themselves.
The Adele Foschia Award for Lifetime Cross-Disability Advocacy recognizes individuals who have dedicated their lives to advocating for people with all types of disabilities. Adele Foschia helped Disability Rights NC become the results-driven organization it is today, and she never wavered as an enthusiastic supporter of the organization. For that reason and in recognition of her lifetime of service to people with all types of disabilities, Disability Rights NC created an award in her name to recognize individuals whose work honors her legacy.
For his work improving the lives of people with disabilities as an advocate, a leader, and a builder of community.
Advocates for Medically Fragile Kids NC
For their passionate, personal, and highly effective advocacy to protect services for children with significant medical needs.
Beth Garriss Hardy: The Adele Foschia Award for Lifetime Cross-Disability Advocacy
For her decades of work as an advocate for the rights of people with mental illness and for the education of children facing homelessness.
Sandra “Sam” Hedrick
A compassionate and forward-thinking leader in providing supports and services for people with disabilities in North Carolina.
A young advocate determined to use her experience to educate and end the stigma of living with a mental illness.
Christine Trottier: The Adele Foschia Award for Lifetime Cross-Disability Advocacy
A dedicated advocate who spent her career fighting for the dignity and rights of children and adults with disabilities.
A Leader in Advocating for Strong Educational Services for Children with Disabilities and Effective Mental Health Care
Betty Paesler, RN, MSN
A Leader in Advocating for Patient Rights and Effective, Humane Treatment
Robert Bullock (In Memory)
A Leader in Self-Advocacy and Community Life for People with Mental Illness
A Leader in Self-Advocacy and Supporting the Advocacy of Parents Whose Children Are Students with Special Needs
Sally and David Sloop
Leaders in Providing Community Support for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
A Leader in Self-Advocacy and Community Life for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
A Leader in Advocacy for Community Inclusion and Educational Opportunities for People with Disabilities
A Leader in Advocacy for Recovery and Quality of Life for People with Mental Illness in Institutions
Julia Bick (In Memory)
A Pioneer in the Development of Affordable and Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities in North Carolina
A Leader in Advocacy for Community Inclusion and Employment for People with Disabilities
Dr. Charles Walker
A Leader in Advocacy for Community Inclusion and Access to Public Programs for People with Blindness
The North Carolina State Bar Plan for Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Account
In Recognition and Appreciation of NC IOLTA and Executive Director Evelyn Pursley’s Commitment to Improving Access to Justice for Persons with Disabilities in North Carolina.
A Dedicated Supporter of the Board of Directors of Disability Rights North Carolina and Passionate Advocate for All People with Disabilities.
A Tireless and Skilled Advocate for an Independent Protection and Advocacy System for North Carolinians with Disabilities.
Honorable William (Bill) Creech
CLA Board Member (1999-2008) and lifelong Advocate for Children and Adults with Disabilities
A Pioneer for People with Disabilities and 1st Executive Director of the Governor’s Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities
Jo Anne Jeffries
Unwavering Advocate for People with Disabilities
Robert R. Reilly (In Memory)
Tireless Advocate for Justice for People with Disabilities, CLA Board Member (2001-2007) and CLA Board President (2005)