More than 200 disability advocates, self-advocates, attorneys, providers, and others interested in disability rights attended the third annual Disability Advocacy Conference presented by Disability Rights NC. These energetic and engaged participants learned about a wide variety of issues, including alternatives to guardianship, Medicaid reform, the complex needs of dually-diagnosed children, employment, education, transition issues, and housing.
It's not too soon to mark your calendar for next year's conference at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill on Thursday, April 20, 2017.
Even Kudos, our kangaroo mascot, was impressed with the participation!
Christine Trottier, the first recipient of the Adele Foschia Award for Lifetime Cross-Disability Advocacy, and our 2016 recipients of the Champions for Equality and Justice Award, Sam Hedrick and Bethany Smith, were each recognized at a reception on the evening of April 20 following our annual conference. Visit us here to view the video presentations for each of them.
We are grateful to the following individuals and organizations who sponsored the third annual Disability Advocacy Conference on April 20. Their generosity made it possible for us to offer conference registration scholarships to 32 people who otherwise would not have been able to attend.
Networking Lunch Sponsor: Henson & Fuerst
Director Sponsor: Cadgewith Farms Ltd.
Adele Foschia Award Sponsor: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys - NC Chapter
ASL Interpreters Sponsor: NC DHHS, Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Keynote Speaker Sponsor: NC Council on Developmental Disabilities
Exhibit Hall Sponsor: Dogwood Supports
Breakout Session Sponsors: Monarch and Neuro Community Care
Avision Young - Braxton Anthony
Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia
Beth Garriss Hardy
NC Council of Community Programs
Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC
Supporters and Awards Reception Sponsors:
Alberta Professional Services, Inc.
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Campbell School of Law
Nancy Mayer Attorney at Law, PLLC
National Association of Social Workers - NC Chapter
Schell Bray PLLC
Self-Help Credit Union