Disability Rights North Carolina protects and advocates for the rights of people with disabilities in North Carolina. We handle cases involving discrimination or violations of the rights of people with disabilities. Our attorneys, advocates, paralegals, and support staff provide advocacy and legal services at no charge for people with disabilities across North Carolina.

As the state’s Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system, our organization receives federal grant funds to do our work. Disability Rights NC is completely independent of state government and the disability service system. Therefore, we are free of any conflicts of interest that would undermine our capacity to advocate zealously on behalf of the human and legal rights of people with disabilities. Learn more about our areas of work.

What It Means to be a P&A

The federal government mandates that every state have a Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system. We are the P&A for North Carolina. As a P&A, our responsibilities include the following:

  • Ensuring that people with disabilities live in safe and humane conditions
  • Informing individuals about their legal rights and how to enforce them
  • Ensuring that people with disabilities are not unnecessarily institutionalized
  • Enforcing the rights of all North Carolinians with disabilities under federal and state law