Our fact sheets, guides, and videos provide information about the rights of people with disabilities under federal and state law. They also offer tips on how to navigate various public systems, how to request accommodations or modifications, and what to do if your rights are violated or you experience discrimination. We also have resources provided by the federal government, state government, and other organizations.

Use the filters or search box in the left-hand column to find the resources you need. Please note that many of our resources apply to a wide range of disabilities, so we do not categorized our resources by individual disability.

Topic: Education – K-12
Type: Video
Source: Disability Rights NC

Parents and school staff may disagree about what should be in a student’s IEP. There are many steps parents can take to resolve such a disagreement. This video walks parents through those steps at the school, district, state and federal levels.

Topic: Education – K-12
Type: Guide
Source: Disability Rights NC

A brief explanation of the steps a parent can take if the parent disagrees with school staff about what should be in a student’s Individualized Education Program.

Topic: Service and Support Animals
Type: Video
Source: Disability Rights NC

People with disabilities have the right to have their service animals with them in virtually every setting. Business owners and employees have a legal responsibility to accommodate service animals. This video explains those rights and responsibilities.

Topic: Guardianship
Type: Guide
Source: Disability Rights NC

This packet explains how an individual can petition the court to restore his or her competency. It includes step-by-step instructions, blank sample forms, and a sample petition.

Topic: Education – K-12
Type: Guide
Source: Disability Rights NC

The guide explains the laws surrounding seclusion and restraint, what forms of seclusion or restraint are allowed, and what to do if you or your child has been subject to unlawful seclusion or restraint.

Topic: Accessibility
Type: Guide
Source: Disability Rights NC

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides a mechanism to resolve disability discrimination disputes about access to public entities without having to engage in litigation by filing a complaint in federal court. This guide walks you through the steps.

Topic: Facilities – Admissions and Discharge Rights, Medicaid Programs, Supports for Community Living
Type: Investigative Report
Source: Disability Rights NC

This investigative report from 2011 looks at North Carolina’s failure to provide services and supports to children who have both a developmental or intellectual disabilities and a mental health issue.

Topic: Guardianship
Type: Guide
Source: Disability Rights NC

This packet explains the reasons why a guardian may be removed and walks you through the process of petitioning the court to have a guardian removed and replaced. It includes a blank forms and a sample petition.

Topic: Facilities – Admissions and Discharge Rights
Type: Investigative Report
Source: Disability Rights NC

This 2010 investigation of adult care homes found that young adults with disabilities are trapped in these facilities because of a lack of community-based services.

Topic: Education – K-12
Type: Investigative Report
Source: Disability Rights NC

This 2010 report looks at incidences of restraint in public schools that left students injured, as well as cases of inappropriate seclusion, and makes recommendations for changes to state policy in order to better protect students.