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Julie-Ann Garcia-Acosta

Intake Advocate

Julie-Ann joined DRNC in June 2023 as the intake advocate to the Client Assistance Services & Engagement team. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Dominican University. Before joining the team at DRNC, Julie-Ann worked in Gaston County schools as the bilingual McKinney-Vento specialist as well as the bilingual school social worker. She also spent over three years working at the Gaston County Department of Social Services providing case management, interpreting services and identifying resources for families with children who were referred to Child Protective Services.

Julie-Ann’s ties remain strong with her native country. Every year, in memory of her grandparents, she helps her family collect school supplies to support the education of children in the Dominican Republic.

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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