Disaster Preparedness — Hurricane Florence

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Disability Rights North Carolina is closely monitoring Hurricane Florence to anticipate the impact it will have on North Carolinians — including people with disabilities, older adults and others with access and functional needs. We are monitoring to make sure that… Continue Reading

NEWS: Six State Constitutional Amendments

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There will be six constitutional amendments on your ballot in November. Two are of particular concern to people with disabilities, and we have provided links to all six below. One amendment would lower the cap on the state income tax… Continue Reading

NEWS: Two Bills Shape NC Medicaid

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Two bills passed in the recent legislative session that will shape NC’s Medicaid system for years to come. Currently, North Carolina’s Medicaid program is mostly fee-for-service, with MH/DD/SAS services in managed care. The State is in the process of transitioning… Continue Reading

Virginia Knowlton Marcus

Meet Our New Executive Director

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The Board of Directors for Disability Rights North Carolina is pleased to announce the appointment of Virginia Knowlton Marcus as the organization’s next executive director. She will replace Vicki Smith, who is retiring as executive director at the end of… Continue Reading

Video: Service Animals 101 for Businesses

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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. Email info@disabilityrightsnc.org to let… Continue Reading

NEWS: No New Innovations Slots

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The members of the NC General Assembly had an unexpected $190 million to work with when they created this year’s budget modifications. We were deeply disappointed that did not create a single new Innovations Waiver slot with those funds. The… Continue Reading

We have hired a new advocate focused on the abuse of children with disabilities in separate classrooms and separate schools. More than 25,000 children are educated in self-contained classrooms in North Carolina. These are classrooms designated for children with behavioral… Continue Reading

NEWS RELEASE: Unnecessary Job Requirements Discriminate

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May 16, 2018, Raleigh, NC—Disability Rights NC has settled a lawsuit against an employer for equal access to employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Although the terms of the settlement are confidential, it provides an important reminder to businesses that… Continue Reading

By Corye Dunn, Director of Public Policy A single word can make all the difference, especially when it comes to Medicaid policy. Recently, the word was “life-sustaining” in the policies governing the Community Alternatives Program for Children (CAP/C). This program… Continue Reading