Success Stories

Resilient Advocacy

A consumer moved into a new apartment in Wake County after working for two months on trying to find one with a section 8 voucher. The consumer worked hard with the ADANC staff to find an apartment that accepts Section 8 vouchers in the Wake County area. She advocated with resilience to obtain the apartment when she finally located one she liked and would accept her voucher. The process from locating the apartment to signing the lease proved difficult because of COVID-19. The property manager was not answering phone calls or emails after the consumer gave her the voucher packet. However, the consumer and ADANC staff advocated with the Wake County Housing Authority. Their staff gave the consumer some peace of mind by saying the apartment was reserved for her. Eventually, the property manager got back in touch with the consumer and she was able to sign the lease.

Peer Support is Mutually Beneficial

An 18-year-old consumer with Autism was very active, but is having trouble adjusting to social distancing.The isolation is not beneficial to his mental health, so his mother reached out and informed us her son is depressed since he cannot have face to face meetings. ADANC staff presented the option of having zoom meeting video conferences to hopefully ease his anxiety during these times. They made a schedule to have zoom video chats on a weekly basis. After the first zoom meeting it was obvious that he enjoyed the face to face video chat and left the call smiling. He continues to look forward to the scheduled video chats. His mother reported that his mental health is getting better as he needed a peer to talk to for support.

North Carolina is in Phase 1 of reopening. Please see guidelines on  Phase-1  from the state for more information on what this means for you.
ADANC recognizes the complexity and frequent changes in COVID-19 policies, and resources. We've developed a one-stop hub to find the latest information for you or a loved one. Whether you are a consumer, a parent/legal guardian, healthcare worker, veteran, etc. we will have the latest information available and accessible.

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Board Members
ADANC's Board of Directors has recently sworn in three new members!
Samantha Regner
Vanessa S. O’Neal, Ph.D.
Cody Davis
Samantha is a graduate of Campbell University with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. Living with Mild Cerebral Palsy, she understands the challenges and opportunities facing the disability community.

Her passion is connecting young professionals with disability resources and creating awareness of existing networks that will help everyone reach their goals in a barrier free community of their choice. She hopes to learn more about disability resources in North Carolina.
Vanessa S. O’Neal, Ph.D. is the founder of By Vanessa S. LLC. Dr. O’Neal has over twenty-five years of experience working with Non-profit organizations and over 17 years of Entrepreneurship experience and she is a Veteran. 

Dr. O’Neal’s professional background as a law enforcement officer, her educational background in public policy and administration and her work with non-profit organizations in capacity building, program management, board development, fundraising, grant writing, and as a board member and committee chairperson have rendered her skillsets in which she feels can be of benefit to the ADA.  

Her focus as a board member is to identify ways the interaction between law enforcement and the disabled community in times of crisis can have more positive and successful outcomes.

Cody Davis is a member of the NC Commission for the Blind and a recent graduate of Campbell Law School. He serves as the chair of the Wake County bar association task force that aims to help attorneys better serve clients with disabilities and improve the profession for attorneys with disabilities.

Cody joins ADANC’s board as an advocate for people with disabilities.
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