Fighting for Justice...
Advancing Independence

Our Mission

To create a fully inclusive community in which all people, with and without disabilities, may pursue their own goals and choices for living and working together.

Who We Are

We are a non-profit Center for Independent Living

We are a 501c3 recognized by the IRS and one of over 340 Centers for Independent Living (CIL) in the US. We were one of the first 10 CILs, established in 1980.

We are consumer controlled

We respect that people with disabilities know their own needs, and their perspective is the most important as they decide how they want to live, work, and take part in their communities. That is why people with disabilities make up a majority of our board and staff, and our consumers are in charge of every phase of their interaction with us.

We are cross-disability

We work with ALL people with disabilities, helping them seek solutions that work for them.

We are community based

We are embedded in our community, serving Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, and Cabarrus counties in the southern piedmont region of North Carolina.

Our Services

Advocacy

Our advocates work with individuals, local governments, employers, and businesses, identifying and overcoming barriers to independence to ensure that as a community, all of us have equal access to pursue a fulfilling, rewarding life.

Independent Living Skills

We work with people with disabilities to identify barriers to independence and to empower them to meet their goals for the future, and to live as independently as they choose.

Let's All Go!

The Let’s All Go! program teaches people with disabilities and seniors how to use public transportation in Mecklenburg County, and provides transportation resources that they can use to become more independent and to participate in their community.

Peer Mentoring

Mentors, who also live with disabilities, work with people to reach personalized independent living goals. People are responsible for their own success, but as long as they want to move forward with their lives, our Peer Mentors will be there to assist and support them.

Community Integration

We help people with disabilities achieve the freedom to live where they choose to live, and participate in the community to the level they desire. We work to advance their independence as they face significant transitions in their lives.

Information & Referral

When people are in need of programs and resources in the community beyond what our agency provides, we provide specific information they can use to meet their needs, including ways to contact other organizations that may be able to help them.

Get Informed

Community forums and training sessions are held regularly in each of the four counties we serve. Select your county for event details. All events are held in accessible locations. If you require effective communication, we request 72 hours notice. Contact Julia Sain for more information on training topics and accessibility.

Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg Advocacy Council for People with Disabilities (MACPD)

Location:
Charlotte East Business Park

5501 Executive Center Dr, Rm 104
Charlotte, NC 28212

Dates:
Second Thursday of every month

Time:
10am – 12pm

Gaston

Gaston Advocacy Council for People with Disabilities (GACPD)

Location:
Gaston County Administration Building

3rd Floor Conference Room
128 W. Main Ave
Gastonia, NC 28052

Dates:
Second Wednesday of February, May, August, and November

Time:
1:30pm-3:30pm

Union

Union County Council for People with Disabilities(UCCPD)

Location:
Professional Development Center

Union County Public Schools
721 Brewer Dr Rm 220
Monroe, NC 28112

Dates:
Second Wednesday of March, June, September, and December

Time:
1:30pm-3:30pm

Cabarrus

Cabarrus Accessibility Action Council (CAAC)

Location:
Cabarrus Government Center
2nd Floor Council Chambers
65 Church St. SE
Concord, NC 28025

Dates:
Third Friday of January, April, July, and October

Time:
1:30pm-3:30pm

Mecklenburg Advocacy Council for People with Disabilities (MACPD)

Location:
Charlotte East Business Park

5501 Executive Center Dr, Rm 104
Charlotte, NC 28212

Dates:
Second Thursday of every month

Time:
10am – 12pm

Gaston Advocacy Council for People with Disabilities (GACPD)

Location:
Gaston County Administration Building

3rd Floor Conference Room
128 W. Main Ave
Gastonia, NC 28052

Dates:
Second Wednesday of February, May, August, and November

Time:
1:30pm-3:30pm

Union County Council for People with Disabilities(UCCPD)

Location:
Professional Development Center

Union County Public Schools
721 Brewer Dr Rm 220
Monroe, NC 28112

Dates:
Second Wednesday of March, June, September, and December

Time:
1:30pm-3:30pm

Cabarrus Accessibility Action Council (CAAC)

Location:
Cabarrus Government Center
2nd Floor Council Chambers
65 Church St. SE
Concord, NC 28025

Dates:
Third Friday of January, April, July, and October

Time:
1:30pm-3:30pm

Mecklenburg Advocacy Council for People with Disabilities (MACPD)

Location:
Charlotte East Business Park

5501 Executive Center Dr, Rm 104
Charlotte, NC 28212

Dates:
Second Thursday of every month

Time:
10am – 12pm

Gaston Advocacy Council for People with Disabilities (GACPD)

Location:
Gaston County Administration Building

3rd Floor Conference Room
128 W. Main Ave
Gastonia, NC 28052

Dates:
Second Wednesday of February, May, August, and November

Time:
1:30pm-3:30pm

Union County Council for People with Disabilities(UCCPD)

Location:
Professional Development Center

Union County Public Schools
721 Brewer Dr Rm 220
Monroe, NC 28112

Dates:
Second Wednesday of March, June, September, and December

Time:
1:30pm-3:30pm

Cabarrus Accessibility Action Council (CAAC)

Location:
Cabarrus Government Center
2nd Floor Council Chambers
65 Church St. SE
Concord, NC 28025

Dates:
Third Friday of January, April, July, and October

Time:
1:30pm-3:30pm

Get Involved

Volunteer

Our staff has years of experience in advocacy and advancing independent living among people with disabilities. We rely on volunteer receptionists to connect our consumers with the staff member who can best help them. The crucial work of our volunteers enables our staff to provide our core services. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this brief form and we will reach out to you to schedule your first visit!

Board of Directors

We are currently seeking members of the community to serve on our board of directors. If you have skills, experience, or a perspective that could be beneficial to our agency, we encourage you to apply by filling out this form. Our board members are expected to attend bi-monthly meetings, participate in our fundraisers, and financially support the agency.

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Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Disability Rights & Resources has closed our offices to the public until we can safely re-open. Our staff is still available during our normal business hours (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) by phone and email. Our phone number is (704) 537-0550.

As we know, the elderly, many people with disabilities, and people with chronic illness are more vulnerable to COVID-19. We are asking people to do everything they can to reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 and spreading it to others, especially wearing a mask and maintaining distance from other people. The National Council of Independent Living (NCIL) has continually updating resources and information relevant to people with disabilities and the broader community, and you can view that at https://ncil.org/covid-19/. Here are some links for the most up-to-date information for each county in our service area, as well as statewide and national:

Mecklenburg County | Gaston County | Union County | Cabarrus County | Statewide Information | National Information

The health and safety of our consumers and our staff is too precious to risk, and we encourage everyone to take care of themselves and take care of each other in this difficult time by wearing facemasks in public, practicing proper handwashing, and social distancing. As always, call us if you are in need of our services: (704) 537-0550. We will continue to do our best to help you in whatever way we safely can.