Do you have a disability? Do you care for someone with a disability?
Do you have a mental illness? Do you care for someone with a mental illness?
Are you having trouble getting the services you need?
Have you been discriminated against because of your disability?

Disability Rights NC may be able to help. We deal with cases involving discrimination or violations of the rights of people with disabilities. We provide advocacy and legal services at no charge to people with disabilities throughout North Carolina. Learn more about our organization.


Photos from 2017 Conference

Vocational Rehabilitation Handbook

Our new guide, Working with Vocational Rehabilitation, explains what goods and services are available through VR and how to make sure you get what you need from VR.

"Raise the Age" Campaign

In North Carolina, 16- and 17-year olds are automatically tried as adults. This disproportionately hurts children with disabilities, as many of them are impressionable and prone to making impulsive decisions. At least two-thirds of the youth in the criminal justice system have a disability. Learn more about the campaign to Raise the Age in North Carolina.

Updated Guide to Medicaid Appeals

This guide provides step-by-step instructions on appealing any denial, reduction, suspension, or termination of behavioral health services by a Managed Care Organization (MCO).

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You are invited to attend our meetings.

Quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors and PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Advisory Council are open to the public. If you plan to join us, please let us know by sending an email to or calling 877-235-4210. Members of the public are invited to make brief comments (no longer than 3 minutes) to the board at the beginning of the meeting right after the Welcome and Introductions. Disability Rights NC is a federally-funded program and cannot reimburse individuals who are not board or council members for transportation, meals, lodging, etc.

Upcoming Board Meetings:

  • June 16, 2017 - Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore
  • September 15-16, 2017 - Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach
  • December 8, 2017 - TBD, Raleigh

Upcoming PAIMI Advisory Council Meetings:

  • June 15, 2017 - Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore
  • September 14, 2017 - Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach
  • December 7, 2017 - TBD, Raleigh

(Quarterly meetings include a lunch break for board and PAIMI AC members. Lunch is not provided to members of the public due to budgetary constraints.)

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