2024 Disability Advocacy Conference


It's ON! Olmstead Now in NC

Join Disability Rights North Carolina in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Olmstead decision at our annual statewide conference: It’s ONOlmstead Now in NC. In commemorating this landmark legal decision, we reflect on two and a half decades of advocating for the rights of people with disabilities to live and receive services in their community. DRNC recognizes that there is much more work to be done and the call for action cannot wait. Together we can make it happen, It’s ON!




Wed, May 1 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman St, Raleigh, NC 27606

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2024 Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Sponsoring DRNC’s annual disability advocacy conference demonstrates a commitment to the disability community.
  • Sponsoring our conference provides access to educational sessions and networking.  This allows sponsors to stay informed about the latest developments in disability rights, gain insights into best practices, and showcase their commitment to ongoing learning.
  • Sponsorships provide need-based scholarships for attendees with disabilities.
  • Sponsoring our conference serves as an investment in the protection and advocacy organization that safeguards the rights and lives of nearly 3 million North Carolinians with disabilities.

Sponsorships may be eligible for a tax-deferred deduction. DRNC is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. EIN: 56-1243369.

Email cara.paolicelli@disabilityrightsnc.org to learn more!

Be a part of the event as an exhibitor and receive exclusive access to attendees. The conference will feature an exhibitor fair of 35 partners focused on serving the disability community.

  • Application are open – APPLY TODAY! 
  • Pricing: $600. Includes exhibitor table, two tickets to the event, and lunch/breakfast for four people total (2 attendees, 2 table reps)
    • Exhibitor scholarships will be available for non-profit partners.
  • Email cara.paolicelli@disabilityrightsnc.org for more information!

Check back in for updates regarding our 2024 Disability Advocacy Conference plenary speaker.

2024 Schedule

8:30 am – 9:30 am Registration / Exhibitor Fair / Continental Breakfast / Help Desk
9:30 am – 10:30 am Educational Breakout Sessions
10:30 am – 11 am Break / Exhibitor Fair / Help Desk
11 am – 12 pm Educational Breakout Sessions
12 pm – 12:45 pm
12:45 pm – 1:25 pm
Plenary Speaker
1:35 pm – 2:35 pm Educational Breakout Sessions
2:35 pm – 3 pm Ice Cream Social / Exhibitor Fair / Help Desk
3 pm – 4 pm Educational Breakout Sessions
4:15 pm – 4:45 pm Closing Session

Check back for session details and updates on our 2024 Disability Advocacy Conference schedule.

Disability Rights NC Scholarship

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: April 15, 2024

DRNC is able to offer needs-based scholarships to attend the 2024 Disability Advocacy Conference with the generous support of our sponsors. If you are unable to pay the full conference registration fee, please complete the application below. Recipients may receive a reduce, or waived fee to attend. Scholarships for travel and lodging expenses are not available through Disability Rights North Carolina.

To request assistance to complete a scholarship application, please email conference@disabilityrightsnc.org

Partner Scholarships

Jean Wolff-Rossi Fund Application – Scholarship for caregivers and individuals with I/DD

First in Families Application – Scholarships, per county, for caregivers and individuals with I/DD

Individuals requiring accessibility accommodations should note specifics on the registration form (live 2/15/2024) or email  conference@disabilityrightsnc.org. 

A limited number of Early Bird tickets (75) will be available starting February 15, 2024 until March 15, 2024. Mark your calendar to not miss out!

  • Early Bird $130
  • Attorney Early Bird (CLE) $170

On March 15, 2024 (or when early bird tickets are gone), pricing will increase to:

  • General Admission $155
  • Attorney (CLE) $195

Admission includes access to plenary and breakout sessions, networking breakfast, lunch, and exhibitor fair. In addition, attendees will be able to sponsor a scholarship ($155) for a person with a disability to attend.

Pending approval. 

Lawyers and paralegals licensed in North Carolina can receive up to 4.0 CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics credit (approval pending with the NC State Bar). The National Association of Social Workers – We are seeking endorsement from the NC Chapter  for 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. 

Access to all conference materials will be made available to participants online.

If you would like access to a printed version of the materials book, please email conference@disabilityrightsnc.org, and one can be provided at 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.

Full registration refunds minus a $25 handling fee will be given until April 15, 2024. After April 15, a refund of $75 (or the amount paid minus a $25 handling fee, if less than $75) will be issued.

Refunds will be issued by check within 21 days of receipt of a written request for a refund mailed to the attention of Cara Paolicelli, or emailed to conference@disabilityrightsnc.org. 

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. 

Registration is now open – sign up today!