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GET READY FOR AN AMAZING TIME!
As we mark 30 years of the American Disabilities Act, we want to share unique stories and highlight the passions of the disability community. This is a 3-day long virtual auction and will feature exclusive interviews from select artists, a raffle and more! Bidding starts on October 15th and winners will be announced on October 18th.

Support our mission and our consumers

With your support, we can:
  • Provide peer support and resources to assist people who are experiencing homelessness, or living in institutions, move into independent housing.
  • Provide coaching to help develop self-advocacy skills to our consumers so they can share their experiences with local, county, and state government policies about the real obstacles to independent living for people who experience a disability.
  • Create new programs and services that empower people who experience a disability to live independently and inclusively in our community.

Join us at Rallyup.com and show your support for art, culture, and community. Register below to enter our raffle!

Success Stories
The Importance of Peer Support
A consumer recently reflected with how thankful he was to have been able to use freedom funds to attend a peer support class. The consumer said they really saw the importance of peer support and remembered how different various points in their life were without it. 

The consumer also reflected their desire to use their experience to give back to others who may be in a similar situation. 

Peer Support links individuals experiencing a disability with each other – to share their personal experience to provide ‘Me, Too’ support. They share life experiences, provide support, and share knowledge to empower independence. Relationships are mutually beneficial and promote responsibility and achievement. 
Healthy Independent Living
A consumer recently received a bike from “The Raleigh Community Kickstand” after her Community Inclusion Specialist (CIS) suggested a bike as a mode of transportation and a way to reduce stress while getting exercise.
 
After the consumer got her bike, she told her CIS that she feels so free when she is riding it. The consumer also told the ADANC staff member that she is going to start riding the bike when she feels frustrated because she thinks it will help her feel better.
 
Her Community Inclusion Specialist was able to relate to the consumer’s feelings about the benefits of riding a bike, which made for a great peer support moment.

We offer a personalized independent living (IL) program of activities and skills necessary to thrive in daily life, safety, and well-being.

Board Members
We recently had the honor of inducting two new board members as our services expand. Their wealth of experience and connection to the disability community will be invaluable to serving our consumers.

Please Welcome
Shefaali Keegan
Ali Ingersoll
Shefaali is a Managing Director at the Kara Group where she has worked extensively with executives on strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, operations improvement, and reorganizations.

She is passionate about a number of community issues including alleviating poverty, providing access to education, and enabling those who are underserved to achieve their full potential. In addition to working with ADANC, she is also on the Board of Directors for InStepp Inc., where she served as Chairman for 2 years.
Ali Ingersoll is a day trader, consultant, disability advocate, writer, blogger, editor, and public speaker. She started her advocacy mission after repeatedly being denied medically necessary equipment by insurance companies since becoming a C6 quadriplegic and full-time wheelchair user 10 years ago after a shallow water diving accident.

Ali has a firm philosophy of paying it forward by giving back to the community through outreach, working together, and building each other up. She believes it’s important to band together as one in order to affect the greatest change on the national stage and in local communities.
Voting Is A Right AND A Duty!

One in five people eligible to vote has a disability.

ADANC is encouraging Consumers and NC residents to get out and vote for the upcoming 2020 election. Below are guidelines and resources for voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Unsure if you are registered? Find out if you are already registered to vote by entering your information into the Voter Search tool.

In-person early voting period begins Thursday, October 15, and ends Saturday, October 31.

Find early voting sites: See early voting sites and schedules in your county with the One-Stop Early Voting Site Search. Hours and dates will appear after you click on the individual voting sites.

What We're Reading
Ginsburg Remembered For Impact On Disability Rights

Best known for standing up for women's rights, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg also played an outsized role in ensuring the rights of people with disabilities, advocates say. Most notably, Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of...

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www.disabilityscoop.com
Blind voters sue states over mail ballots

They argue that since voters must be able to see to fill out a mail ballot independently, that's a violation of rights

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time.com