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

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Stacey: Restoring Competency

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The State of North Carolina declared Stacey Nelson incompetent and appointed a public guardian to make decisions for her after an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in 2009. She talked to her guardian repeatedly about getting her competency reinstated. The… Continue Reading

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Carowinds Should be Fun for Everyone

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Raleigh, NC—Disability Rights North Carolina filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the Carowinds Amusement Park in Charlotte discriminates against people with disabilities. (Read the complaint here.) Plaintiff Matthew Aldridge and his wife purchased season tickets for the entire family in… Continue Reading

SH: Fighting Cuts in Services

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This year, we have received a flood of calls from the families of people who benefit from the Innovations Waiver and whose services have been cut. Here’s the story of one of our clients. SH is a 29-year-old woman who… Continue Reading

Bradley: Holding Duke University Accountable

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Bradley Elmendorf chose to attend Duke University because the disability services staff assured him that Duke had experience accommodating students with dyslexia. The staff were confident about their ability to provide him with alternative formats of all of his reading… Continue Reading

“Failure to Hire” Settlement

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Disability Rights NC recently reached a settlement with a large school district in North Carolina in a “failure to hire” case. The case involved an opening for an American Sign Language (ASL) instructor at a school in the district. A… Continue Reading

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James: Claiming His Rights and Going Home

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Our attorneys first met James on a monitoring visit to Broughton Hospital in 2015. James, who is deaf, had been institutionalized for nine months. In the hospital, he felt like a “zombie,” walking around in a stupor. “I felt like… Continue Reading