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Local Advocacy Councils

Within a cooperative effort, Disability Rights & Resources has partnered with action councils from four county-affiliated groups to assist in meeting the needs of its consumers.

Of course, if one of these does not meet your needs, we will be happy to find one that does. Just let us know.

Cabarrus County

Cabarrus County has a system to notify citizens of alerts and information.  Please go to http://cabarruscountync.bbcportal.com/ where you can register.  Alerts, along with shelter information when needed, will also be posted on the county website at https://cabarruscounty.us and on local TV channel 22.

Cabarrus Accessibility Action Committee (CAAC)

Purpose

The Cabarrus Accessibility Action Council advises Cabarrus County and all its municipalities on ways to provide more inclusive programs, facilities, and services to citizens with disabilities.

Meeting Dates and Times

Meetings are scheduled quarterly, on the second Wednesday of the month (Jan.; Apr.; July; Oct.) from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

Meeting Location

The meetings are usually held at the Transit Center, 3600 South Ridge Ave., Concord, N.C.

How to Join

The meetings are open to the public. If you attend a meeting and wish to become a voting member, contact the chair at 704-537-0550 or email donnatooill@disability-rights.org.

Accessibility

The meetings are held in accessible locations. If you require effective communication, we would appreciate a 72-hour notice.

Click 14, 07-09 – CAAC Minutes for the latest meeting minutes.
Participating Government Entities

County

Board of Elections

Cabarrus County Schools

Mt. Pleasant

Harrisburg

Midland

Kannapolis

Concord

Next CAAC Meeting Date

October 8, 2014

Gaston County

Free alerts by cell phone text or e-mail are available by going to http://www.gastongov.com/departments/emergency-management and clicking on Nixle to sign up.

Gaston County Advocacy Council for People with Disabilities (GCACPD)

Purpose

The Gaston County Advocacy Council advises Gaston County and all its municipalities on ways to provide more inclusive programs, facilities, and services to citizens with disabilities.

Meeting Dates and Times

Meetings are scheduled quarterly, on the third Wednesday of the month (Jan.; Apr.; July; Oct.) from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

Meeting Location

The meetings are usually held at the Gaston County Administration Building, Conference Room 3A, 128 W. Main Ave., Gastonia, N.C.

How to Join

The meetings are open to the public. If you attend a meeting and wish to become a voting member, contact the chair at 704-537-0550 or email donnatooill@disability-rights.org.

Accessibility

The meetings are held in accessible locations. If you require effective communication, we would appreciate a 72-hour notice.

Click 14, 07-16 – GCACPD Minutes for the latest meeting minutes.
Participating Government Entities

City of Gastonia

Gaston County

Next GCACPD Meeting Date

October 15, 2014

Mecklenburg County

Residents of Mecklenburg County can sign up to get alerts by text or e-mail by going to http://www.charmeckem.net/ and clicking on Charmeck Alerts Notification System.  Then click on Register for Charmeck Alerts.

Mecklenburg Advocacy Council for People with Disabilities (MACPD)

Purpose

The Mecklenburg Advocacy Council works to ensure that all government programs within Mecklenburg County honor the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Meeting Dates and Times

Meetings are scheduled on the second Thursday of each month from 10:00 AM – NOON.

Meeting Location

The meetings are usually held at 5501 Executive Center Dr., First Floor Conference Room, Charlotte, N.C. 28212.

How to Join

The meetings are open to the public. If you attend a meeting and wish to become a voting member, contact the chair at 704-537-0550 or email juliasain@disability-rights.org.

Accessibility

The meetings are held in accessible locations. If you require effective communication, we would appreciate a 72-hour notice.

Click here for the latest meeting minutes.
Participating Government Entities

City of Charlotte

Mecklenburg County

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority

Trial Court Administrator’s Office

Central Piedmont Community College

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

Town of Mint Hill

Next MACPD Meeting Date

October 9, 2014

Union County

You can sign up for free alerts to be sent to your cell phone by text or to e-mail by going to http://co.union.nc.us.  Scroll down and click on CODE RED.  Also, there is a special need registry form which you can fill out by going to http://co.union.nc.us/Divisions/EmergencyManagement.aspx.  Under Resources, click on Special Needs Registry.

Union County Council for Citizens with Disabilities (UCCCD)

Purpose

The Union County Council for Citizens with Disabilities works to ensure that all government programs within Union County honor the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Meeting Dates and Times

Meetings are scheduled quarterly, on the fourth Wednesday of the month (Jan.; Apr.; July; Oct.) from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

Meeting Location

The meeting will be held at the Union County Public Library, Monroe Branch, Griffin Room, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe, NC 28112

How to Join

The meetings are open to the public. If you attend a meeting and wish to become a voting member, contact the chair at 704-537-0550 or email donnatooill@disability-rights.org.

Accessibility

The meetings are held in accessible locations. If you require effective communication, we would appreciate a 72-hour notice.

Click here for the latest meeting minutes.
Next UCCCD Meeting Date

October 22, 2014

 

State & National Disability Organizations

april_logoThe Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)

APRIL is a national grass roots, consumer controlled, non-profit membership organization consisting of centers for independent living, their satellites and branch offices, statewide independent living councils, other organizations, and individuals concerned with the independent living issues of people with disabilities living in rural America.

http://www.april-rural.org/index.php

 

ncil_logoThe National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)

NCIL, a membership organization, advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. It envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

http://www.ncil.org/

 

The North Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council (NCSILC)

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NCSILC is a federally-mandated, not-for-profit, governor-appointed council. A majority of council members must be people with a disability.

By federal law, SILC is charged with:

  • Developing a state plan addressing the provision of statewide independent living services (SPIL).
  • Developing and supporting a statewide network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs).
  • Monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the implementation of the state plan (SPIL).

http://www.ncsilc.org/