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Cari Carson

Supervising Attorney

Cari Carson joined DRNC in December 2023 as supervising attorney on the Education Team. After graduating from Yale University, she worked as a special education teacher in rural Louisiana. Carson subsequently earned her law degree from the University of Michigan, where she also earned her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Children & Youth. She moved to North Carolina to advocate for court-involved young people with disabilities in the public school system, beginning her legal career as a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at Legal Aid of North Carolina.

Carson is passionate about significantly improving educational outcomes for young people with disabilities, and – particularly – for those young people with disabilities who have multiple marginalized identities. Carson previously chaired DRNC’s mental health advisory council. She is pursuing her PhD in Education, with a focus on systemic special education improvement. In her spare time, Carson enjoys being outdoors, creative arts and writing, and spending time with friends and family.

Disability Rights NC

About Us

Disability Rights North Carolina is a legal advocacy organization that fights for the rights of people with disabilities in North Carolina.

What is a P&A?

After Willowbrook, congress made sure that every state has a Protective and Advocacy agency. DRNC is the federally mandated...

Our Team

All staff currently working for Disability Rights North Carolina, listed in alphabetical order, including titles and background info...

Board of Directors

DRNC’s Board of Directors is a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about the rights of people with disabilities. All or...

PAIMI Advisory Council

In 1986, Congress took significant action to stop abuse, neglect, and other rights violations against people with mental health disabil...


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