Joonu Coste Portrait

Joonu-Noel Andrews Coste


Joonu Coste joined DRNC in September 2019 as the agency’s first Equal Justice Works Fellow. Coste’s work focuses on the civil rights of children living in psychiatric residential treatment facilities in NC. She graduated from Campbell University School of Law in May 2019 where she was a member of the nationally-ranked advocacy team and served as an associate editor of the Campbell Law Observer. Two of Coste’s three children are autistic. After many years as an at-home mother-advocate- therapist-home educator-medical social worker she returned to school in order to advocate on behalf of children, families, and individuals with disabilities. She lives in the Triangle with her husband, three children, therapy rabbit, and cat. She loves reading, doting on her family, and running.

Disability Rights NC


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

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