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2023 Disability Advocacy Conference

Stronger Together In North Carolina

Join DRNC Tuesday, May 2, 2023 in Raleigh for a one-day event focused on how we can be Stronger Together to advance disability justice in our state. DRNC’s annual conference brings together people with disabilities, family members, policy-makers, and other professionals in the field to share, learn, motivate, and create opportunities for change. We hope to see you there!

Early Bird Registration Starts 2/15/2023

By sponsoring or underwriting DRNC’s annual conference, your brand is recognized across North Carolina as a leader in the disability revolution. The support of local businesses and community organizations is vital in continuing our fight for full inclusion and self-determination.

Click here to view 2023 Sponsorship Opportunities

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

Email 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.

Click here to complete the Exhibitor Application

  • Pricing: $600. Includes exhibitor table, two tickets to the event, and lunch/breakfast for four people total (2 attendees, 2 table reps)
    • Fees support need-based scholarships for people with disabilities to attend!

DRNC is thrilled to host Marlene Sallo, 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. 

Watch Marlene’s message to the disability community

Read Marlene’s Bio

Please check back for updates.

The 7th annual Disability Advocacy Conference is a one-day event from 8:30am to 5:00pm on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 that brings together people with disabilities, family members, policy-makers, and other professionals in the field to share, learn, motivate, and create opportunities for change.

We hope to see you there!

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

Disability Rights Scholarship

Application opens 2/15/2023

Individuals with disabilities unable to pay the full registration fee may apply to receive a discounted registration, available through the generous support of our sponsors.

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).

To request assistance to complete a scholarship application, please email or call/text 740-603-5469.

Individuals requiring accessibility accommodations should note specifics on the registration form (live 2/15/2023) or email 

A limited number of Early Bird tickets (75) will be available starting February 15, 2023 until March 15, 2023. Mark your calendar to not miss out!

  • Early Bird $125
  • Attorney Early Bird (CLE) $165


On March 15, 2023 (or when early bird tickets are gone), pricing will increase to:

  • General Admission $150
  • Attorney (CLE) $190


Admission includes access to plenary and breakout sessions, networking breakfast, lunch, and exhibitor fair. In addition, attendees will be able to sponsor a scholarship ($150) for a person with a disability to attend , and purchase additional tickets ($50) to the luminary reception following the conference.

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 – 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. 

If you would like to stay on the NC State University campus, the StateView Hotel may have rooms available.

A list of discounted accommodations recommended by the McKimmon Conference and Training Center (MCTC) can be found here. If the promotional code is not listed, please reference the McKimmon Center at NC State for a special rate. Rates are subject to availability.

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 

Full registration refunds minus a $25 handling fee will be given until April 15, 2023. 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 Casey Mason, or emailed to 

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.