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On Target  eNews                                                 May 2016

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On Target eNews comes to you the first Tuesday of each month with updates on our clients, our organization, and our work. We also publish a full newsletter three times a year.

HB2: Bad for people with disabilities

What does HB2 -- the law known widely as North Carolina’s "bathroom bill," but officially called the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act -- have to do with disability rights? A lot, it turns out.

Disability Rights NC finds HB2 to be harmful to people with disabilities in North Carolina and calls for its repeal. HB2 is harmful to Disability Rights NC’s clients both because it specifically limits disability-related protections and because people with disabilities have many other facets of their identity besides their disabilities. For example, some people with disabilities are part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community, thus the provisions of the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act that ban transgender people from using the bathroom with which they are comfortable affects them. And many of those people have already dealt with difficulties related to accessibility, even with the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which are not always adhered to. It is easy for most people to take bathroom access for granted. This law is an affront to the dignity of people who must struggle for ease in seeing to this most basic of human needs.

The law weakens discrimination protections based on disability, race, religion, sex, age, and national origin. It eliminates a state law giving people the right to take employers to state court for employment discrimination, and it takes away the authority of local governments to pass laws that contain greater protections against discrimination or that create better working conditions. The good news is that other state and federal protections against discrimination based on disability and other protected classes remain. And Disability Rights NC will continue to use them to protect the rights of North Carolinians with disabilities.

Read a longer analysis here.

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Conference draws more than 200 dedicated disability advocates

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!

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Awards go to three leaders in disability rights advocacy

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.

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Thanks goes to our sponsors for supporting our conference!

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

Pam Jarrett

NC Council of Community Programs

Janna Shisler

Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC

Supporters and Awards Reception Sponsors:

Alberta Professional Services, Inc.

Robin Allen


Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Campbell School of Law

Catalyst Consulting

William Donohue

Leanna George

Iris Green

Faith Holsaert

Roger Manus

Nancy Mayer Attorney at Law, PLLC


National Association of Social Workers - NC Chapter

Lisa Nesbitt

Susan Pollitt

Schell Bray PLLC

Self-Help Credit Union

Gerda Stein

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