Tabitha Bryant and Lisa Graftstein, attorneys at Disability Rights NC, first met James on a monitoring visit to Broughton Hospital in 2015. James, who is deaf, had been institutionalized for nine months. His treatment team said he was ready for discharge, and he wanted to go home.
James has lived in the small town of Vale, NC since he was born in 1965 and, for the past 19 years, he has lived in a mobile home on his family's property. He cherishes his privacy and the nearness to his family, and has hung a large collection of family photos among the decorative items in his home. He loves to draw and he loves to cook, his favorite dish being liver mush. Read more about James here.
Each year, Disability Rights North Carolina adopts a plan to focus its work on the largest threats to the independence of people with disabilities and the most prevalent violations of disability rights laws. The plan includes target areas for our work. We developed the 2016 targets based on information our staff obtained during the Listening Sessions held across the state from January through May 2015, from responses to the online survey in July, from people who call our office for assistance, and from other disability rights advocates.
Are you looking for the handouts and online evaluations for the 2015 Disability Advocacy Conference? Click here.
On April 6, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Louise Flanagan gave her final approval to the settlement in L.S. v. Wos, a class action involving participants in the Innovations Waiver program administered by the North Carolina Medicaid agency. Click here to read Highlights of the Settlement. If you believe you are a member of the class and would like more information, call toll free 877-235-4210 or write to John Rittelmeyer or Jennifer Bills, Attorneys at Law, Disability Rights NC, 3724 National Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27612.