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On Target  eNews                                                 April 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.

Conference Keynote Speaker to present on guardianship

The Honorable Kristin Booth Glen, Dean Emerita at CUNY School of Law, will give the keynote speech at our April 20 conference -- "From Guardianship to Supported Decision-Making."

Awards reception to follow our conference

Disability Rights NC will present three awards at our April 20, 2016 Awards Reception. The reception will follow the annual conference and will be held at Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill. Purchase tickets for $35 (includes appetizers and all beverages).

The Adele Foschia Award for Lifetime Cross-Disability Advocacy will go to Christine Trottier, a dedicated attorney who spent her career advocating for the dignity and rights of children and adults with disabilities. This is the first year we will present the Adele Foschia Award.

We will present two Champions for Equality and Justice Awards. One will go to Sandra "Sam" Hedrick, a compassionate and forward-thinking leader in providing supports and services for people with disabilities in North Carolina.

Another will go to Bethany Smith, a young advocate determined to use her own experience to educate and end the stigma of living with a mental illness.

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Only 2 Weeks until Our Annual Conference -- April 20

What attendees of last year's
conference have to say:

"The Disability Rights Advocacy Conference is one of the best in the state. The issues covered are full of facts, not spin, so it is easy to understand the real issues at hand. The information is current, relevant, and important. If you are an advocate at heart, don’t miss this!"

Peggy S. Terhune, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer



"This is a conference not to be missed. The staff at Disability Rights North Carolina and expert presenters provide a wealth of information for individuals with disabilities, their families, community advocates and providers. The sessions are so rich in information and dialogue that sometimes it’s difficult to choose which session to attend. I refer to the handouts frequently in the weeks, months and even years after the conference to inform policy and educate our leadership, staff and Human Rights Committee members."


Cheryl Mulloy-Villemagne, MS, RN

Vice President – Quality Management

Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia


"The variety of self-advocates, legal experts, families and professionals from so many different viewpoints made the conference a valuable networking and learning opportunity."

Greta Herring

I/DD Grant Coordinator

NC DPS, Division of Emergency Management



"What a fabulous conference. I will definitely be here every year! Because of the unique expertise that DRNC staff have, I was able to gain knowledge and information that I couldn’t have received elsewhere."

Kathy Boyd, ACSW, CMSW

Executive Director

National Association of Social Workers-NC Chapter

Conference Details:

Check out our webpage to see the full agenda, register, book a hotel room, or learn about available scholarships.

April 20, 2016

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Friday Center

Chapel Hill, NC

$125 - Registration for Non-Attorneys

$160 - Registration for Attorneys Seeking CLE Credit

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, and materials

New this year

  • Presentation of a mock IEP meeting and special education Q&A with Disability Rights NC attorneys
  • Up to 4.75 hours of CLE credit (including 1 hour of ethics) for attorneys licensed in NC
  • 5 Breakout Session time slots offering 15 different topics
  • Longer breaks between sessions
  • Expanded networking luncheon sponsored by Henson & Fuerst

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