North Carolina’s federally mandated

Protection and Advocacy (P&A) agency.

Disability Rights North Carolina (DRNC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, independent of state government and the disability service system. This structure keeps us free of conflicts of interest that would undermine our zealously advocacy on behalf of the human and legal rights of people with disabilities.

DRNC advocates for the rights of people with disabilities throughout North Carolina. We handle cases involving discrimination, abuse and other rights violations. Our attorneys, advocates and other staff provide and support free legal advocacy services to people with disabilities in North Carolina.

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Disability Rights and Protection & Advocacy Agencies

What It Means to be a P&A

The federal government mandates that every state have a Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system.  As a P&A, our responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that people with disabilities live in safe and humane conditions
  • Ensuring that people with disabilities are not unnecessarily institutionalized
  • Enforcing the rights of all North Carolinians with disabilities under federal and state law
  • Informing individuals about their legal rights and how to enforce them