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Success Stories
Alliance of Disability Advocates would like to share the story of one of our board members, Ali Zahid Malik. 

Ali was a consumer before joining the board.

Ali has a learning disability and is hard of hearing. His parents discovered Alliance after researching different resources and agencies to help him develop new skills and become more independent.
In 2012, he started working with a Community Inclusion Specialist to accomplish his goals. Ali wanted to find a job and was excited to work with our staff. Ali became more confident in the new skills he was learning and wanted to accomplish more with the assistance of our staff. 

The Community Inclusion Specialist coordinated meetups with other consumers to go to baseball games and other events. "Attending these events helped everyone live in and take part in their community," Ali shared

These community events impacted Ali’s life and drove him to be a self-advocate.

During this time, Ali started school at Wake Tech, found a job, and learned how to drive. In 2018, the Executive Director recognized Ali's leadership qualities and suggested he apply for Alliance's board of directors.

Ali applied and was voted in, which gave him a chance to be part of a network of other disability community leaders and inspired him to lead his group in the community.

Shortly after becoming a board member, he started a community group called Deaf Coffee & ASL Chat in Apex. He hosts this event once a month for people who are either deaf or hard of hearing to have a place to meet up and provide peer support. This community has been important for people with disabilities. 

Ali said, "everyone who comes to the meetings gets to be around other people who have gone through similar struggles. Joining deaf chat has let other people learn new skills and develop confidence in themselves."
Our vision is to see North Carolinians who experience a disability live in the communities of their choice and be empowered to address their own needs.

With your support, we can make that vision a reality!

Support Alliance of Disability Advocates today!

Casino Night

Alliance of Disability Advocates, in partnership with Carolina Sled Hockey, is pleased to announce our annual #CasinoNight Fundraiser!

Join us for a fun-filled night with non-cash prize casino games including blackjack, roulette, craps, and poker. There will be a silent auction, raffle items, music, dancing, dinner, and so much more! 
WhenThursday, April 28th 
WhereBowstring Brewyard (1930 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC, 27608) 
Time6 PM – 9 PM 
Ticket Price: $75 online OR $100 at the door 
Proceeds raised will go towards supporting our consumers to live independent and inclusive lives in a barrier-free community of their choice.

The proceeds from this annual charity event enables Alliance of Disability Advocates (Alliance) to expand existing services and create new programs and services that empower people who experience a disability to live independently. 
Alliance takes pride in promoting the independent living philosophy. 

The majority of our organization is run and operated by people with significant disabilities. All of Alliance's services are free to those who identify as having a disability in our service area. 
 
Your support is incredibly important to us and we look forward to celebrating a Casino Night to remember! 
If you are interested in Sponsorship Opportunities - Contact adacasino2022@adanc.org    
Donations can also be made on our website at adanc.org/casino
Ed Roberts Day
January 23rd is Ed Roberts Day. Ed Roberts is considered the father of the Independent Living movement, where people with disabilities strive for equal opportunities and self-determination.
Ed Roberts attended UC Berkeley and worked with other students with disabilities to create the first Center for Independent Living in 1972.
Peer support, personal assistance referrals, and benefits assistance were among the center’s initial services.

This approach was so successful and has become the model for roughly 400 Centers for Independent Living across the US and in 20 countries around the world.

Alliance of Disability Advocate's mission is derived from the principles Ed Roberts and other self-advocates fought for and continue to fight for. We are proud to serve North Carolinians who experience a disability by empowering, advocating, and advancing consumer-led and consumer-driven initiatives.

Our vision is to see individuals in North Carolina with a disability live in the communities of their choice and be empowered to address their own needs.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Don't wait!

Alliance staff can provide assistance with scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments and help address barriers that someone with a disability may face to getting their vaccine, including arranging transportation to the vaccination site.
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Alliance has updated its COVID-19 Information and Resource Page in the wake of the Omicron variant.

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This project is supported, in part by grant number 1902NCILCL-00 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201