English EN Portuguese PT Spanish ES
English EN Portuguese PT Spanish ES
Kim Lan Grout Portrait

Kim Lan Grout

Chairperson (Central Region)

Kim Lan is a marketing and communications professional, freelance journalist and photographer, and a disability educator and advocate in Durham. She is the founder of the Redefining Disabled Project; co-founder of the Accessible Icon Project–Durham, NC; councilmember of the Inclusion Advisory Council of Jewish for Good in Durham; a proud Girl Scout Co-leader of Durham’s Troop 951; and a mother to two young children, one of whom has Type 1 Diabetes.

She has had the honor of lecturing and advising the Orange County Human Relations Council, the Durham Housing Authority, Duke University’s undergraduate biomedical engineering students, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, among other for- and non-profit organizations on diversity, equity, inclusion, and universal design. Kim Lan’s wildest dreams were realized in 2016 when she delivered a TEDx Talk at UNC’s Memorial Hall and in 2017 when she held the role of Impact Strategist and Producer for the independent documentary film Farmer/Veteran, highlighting PTSD, transgenerational trauma, and compassion fatigue amongst post-9/11 war veterans and their families. The film earned numerous awards and accolades, including Best Documentary Feature, in festivals from Brooklyn to Shanghai and premiered on PBS’ Independent Lens on Memorial Day 2017, to an audience of an estimated 1.7 million viewers. As an above-knee amputee, Kim Lan is an adaptive sports athlete, finding the most fun in kayaking and archery.

Disability Rights NC


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

Our Story

In the 1970s, a TV reporter took a hidden camera into a school for children with disabilities in New York. Parents thought...

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...


Are you interested in a job in the disability rights field?