2023 Disability Advocacy Conference


Save-the-date graphic for the 2023 Disability Advocacy Conference on May 2nd, 2023 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Graphic also displays the tagline "Stronger together in NC" and the DRNC logo.

Recap, Photos, and More Below!

Thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees who made DRNC’s annual conference so inspiring!

Disability Rights NC held a one-day event in Raleigh on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 focused on how we could be Stronger Together to advance disability justice in our state. The annual event brings together people with disabilities, family members, policy-makers, and other professionals in the field to share, learn, and create opportunities for change.

2023 Video Recap



Tue, May 2 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman St, Raleigh, NC 27606

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Thank you Elyssa Kivus for capturing the 2023 Disability Advocacy Conference!



Attendees may download pictures directly from Kivus & Camera, or email conference@disabilityrightsnc.org to request photos with alt text for use with screen readers.


Did you miss the conference?

Watch our video below of DRNC’s Virginia Knowlton Marcus interviewing NDRN’s Marlene Sallo at the 2023 Disability Advocacy Conference.

Marlene Sallo is recognized as the first woman, first Latina, and first person with a disability appointed as Executive Director to lead the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). She believes that amplifying where disability intersects with other identities such as LGBTQIA+, non-native English speakers, and Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color is critical component of successful advocacy.

If you need a copy of your certificate of attendance for CE credit or want to verify that your continuing legal education credit was submitted, please email conference@disabilityrightsnc.org.

Lawyers and paralegals licensed in North Carolina can receive up to 5 CLE credit hours, including 1 hour of ethics credit approved by the NC State Bar.

The conference is endorsed by the NASW-NC Peer Review Board (#E-209-472023) and attendees are eligible to receive five (5) continuing education credits (CEs) for attending all four breakout sessions, and the plenary session.

Social workers and peer support specialists will receive a certificate of attendance (5 hrs that may be used to obtain course credit).

Refunds requested before April 18th (2wks before event) will receive a full refund, minus a $25 handling fee and any applicable processing fees if purchased on Eventbrite. Refund requests received April 19th or after, may receive a partial refund but not guaranteed. Refunds may be issued electronically if purchased on Eventbrite, or by check within 21 days of written request emailed to conference@disabilityrightsnc.org.

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


Thank you 2023 disability advocacy partners! Your generosity helped DRNC provide over 30 need-based scholarships to people with disabilities to attend the event, and continues to support DRNC’s ability to provide no-cost legal advocacy across the state to defend against discrimination, abuse and other rights violations.



Supporting Partner

Alliance Health logo in green and blue text
Carolina Complete Health Logo
Community Bridges logo with alternating blue and green characters with their arms up, holding hands that look like the suspension cables supporting a bridge
Easterdeals UCP Logo
Eastpointe Logo
Gallagher Logo
Gerda Stein Logo
Intrepid Home Sales Logo
Land Loss Prevention Project Logo
Mutual of America Logo
NC Justice Center Logo
Partners Health Management Logo
Sandhills Center Logo
The Arc North Carolina Logo
Trillium Logo
Logo for UNC Health Johnston with the words stacked in three rows, in Carolina Blue and Navy Blue highlights
Virginia Knowlton Marcus and Michael Marcus, written in script text
Womble Bond Dickinson Logo