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Rebekah Spannagel


Rebekah joined Disability Rights North Carolina in March 2024 as an attorney focusing on Medicaid and Home and Community-Based Services. She brings a wealth of experience from her previous role at Disability Rights South Carolina, where she served from 2019 to 2024. During her tenure, Rebekah conducted individual and systemic investigations into abuse and neglect in facilities and championed the rights of people with disabilities to access essential home and community-based services.

Rebekah’s drive to advocate for disability rights is deeply personal and stems from her life as the proud sister of five siblings with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Her experiences have instilled a passion for ensuring that individuals with disabilities receive the necessary services and supports to achieve their goals and make a meaningful impact within their communities.

Rebekah earned a B.A. in History from Bob Jones University in 2016 and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law in 2019. Originally from the Hudson Valley region of New York, she now enjoys spending her spare time with her family, caring for her pug Winston, indulging her love for classical music—both as a singer and an instrumentalist—running, and engaging in ministry activities with her local church.

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

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