Events and Conferences

Disability:IN North Carolina 2021 Wellness@Work Virtual Event

MetLife and DiversAbilities are proud to host/sponsor the 2021 Disability:IN North Carolina Wellness@Work Virtual Conference.

When:  Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
Where:  This is an online event.

Dr Nicole FrenchJoin us to hear Dr. Nicole French, Clinical Director for Veterans Bridge Home, Community Behavioral Health Consultant and Uniformed Army Reserve Psychologist present findings on resilience and healing in times of crisis. Following her keynote, Dr. French will lead a discussion with a panel of diverse individuals willing to share how their life experiences from a military and civilian perspective, inform their approach to life challenges and the wins they have found along the way.



The 2021 Wellness@Work event is sponsored by MetLife and the Cary area DiversAbilities Employee Resource Group (ERG).

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Watch DI-NC’s Wellness@Work Virtual Event!!

On May 4th, Disability:IN NC hosted keynote Dr. Thomas Dooley as he presented insights on the Opioid Crisis and potential solutions, including his own research that led toward an alternative therapy for anxiety disorders. He also discussed the mental health ramifications of the current COVID-19 Crisis. Thanks Cris Rogers for the video.



Disability:IN North Carolina Virtual Fall Conference

October 1, 2020 | #DisabilityAdvantage

2020 is a year like no other, as businesses, government agencies and all Americans continue to show resiliency amid these unprecedented times. Disability:IN North Carolina is grateful to our corporate sponsor, Trane Technologies and the VisAbility Employee Resource Group for hosting our virtual event. Join us on October 1, 2020 to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and discover your #DisabilityAdvantage.
2020 Fall Conference Highlights

  • CommunAbility @ UNC-Charlotte : Business Mentors for University Students with Disabilities

  • Our Ability Careers Portal | New Features

  • Supplier Diversity Strategies

  • The North Carolina Employment Collaborative and Regional Business Advisory Councils

Please Register:

Disability:IN North Carolina’s ADA 30th Anniversary – Drive-In Theatre Night on July 23, 2020!

ADA Celebration2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the passage of the landmark civil rights legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Due to social distancing guidelines many celebrations have been canceled or scaled back to virtual online events. Drawing from the past, we invite our supporters, members, and stakeholders to experience a “Drive-In Theatre” and join us for an unforgettable ADA 30th Anniversary celebration!

2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the passage of the landmark civil rights legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Due to social distancing guidelines many celebrations have been canceled or scaled back to virtual online events. Disability:IN North Carolina decided to get creative to mark this momentous occasion in an engaging manner. Drawing from the past, we invite  our supporters, members, and stakeholders to experience a “Drive-In Theatre” and join us for an unforgettable ADA 30th Anniversary celebration!

Disability:IN North Carolina is hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary film, Lives Worth Living” (directed by Eric Neudel and produced by Alison Gilkey) on July 23, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 10:15 pm at the Legrand Center in Shelby, NC.   We are grateful to Wells Fargo and the Diverse Abilities Team Member Network, their Employee Resource Group (ERG) for being the corporate sponsors of this ADA celebration. The celebration will also feature guest speakers, musicians with disabilities, and food trucks! Participants will be able to enjoy an evening under the stars and celebrate the ADA from their cars or favorite lawn chair, in support of social distancing guidelines.

Due to generous donations, the ADA Celebration is free to all participants.  Advance registration is required and will close at 9:00am on July 23, 2020.

If inclement weather causes a delay or reschedule of the event, we will notify registrants via e-mail as soon as possible.

Event Location: Legrand Center | 1800 E. Marion Street, Shelby, NC, 28152

Event Date and Times:  July 23, 2020 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm

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Disability:IN North Carolina | Mental Health Wellness@Work

Wellness@Work Will be a Virtual Event to Align with Covid-19 Social Distancing Recommendations

At Disability:IN North Carolina, the unexpected disruption of COVID-19 continues to remind us just how agile and equipped the disability community is when called to quickly adapt to unforeseen obstacles by finding innovative ways to meet the needs of our Business Members/Sponsors and Community Partners.

Dr. Tom DooleyPlease join us on Monday, May 4th from 9 AM to 11:30 AM for our Wellness@Work virtual event! Registration is now open!! Thank you to MetLife and their Diverse Abilities Network for serving as our host-sponsors for this event. Companies like MetLife understand that our country is experiencing a major crisis in mental health and COVID-19 has only magnified the issue.

Come join businesses that promote workplace wellness and become part of the solution to this crisis.

Wellness@Work Registration is OPEN – REGISTER HERE

2019 Disability:IN North Carolina Fall Conference

2019 DisabilityIN North Carolina Fall ConferenceAttendance at the 2019 Disability:IN NC Fall conference topped out at 138 participants, making this conference the largest in the history of the organization. Hosted by Ingersoll Rand in Davidson NC, the conference planning team from Ingersoll Rand and SAS Institute did an outstanding job coordinating the day long event. Evan Turtz, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Ingersoll Rand, welcomed participants by challenging other Senior Executives to take a leadership role in disability inclusion within their organizations. Evan is the Executive Sponsor of Ingersoll Rand’s VisAbility employee resource group, which fosters inclusion and career development for employees who have disabilities.

2018 Thought Leader Luncheon

Disability:IN North Carolina hosts Thought Leader Luncheons to recognize National Mental Health Awareness Month.

Thought Leader Luncheons are targeted, half-day events that are hosted across the state to raise awareness, expand disability inclusion and reduce stigma. In 2018, Brian Clark, J.D. brought his compelling narrative on reducing the stigma of mental illness to Thought Leader Luncheons held in Raleigh on May 17, Charlotte on June 14 and Asheville on August 9, 2018. Event sponsors included Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, Asheville Buncombe County Technical Community College, MetLife, Triangle Industry Liaison Group, Partners Behavioral Healthcare Management and Vaya Health.

2018 Disability:IN North Carolina Fall Conference

Thanks to TIAA for Hosting the 2018 Disability:IN North Carolina Fall Conference!

Disability:IN North Carolina holds an annual conference in October to honor National Disability Employment Awareness Month. TIAA hosted our 2018 Fall Conference on October 4, 2018 in Charlotte, NC for a audience of over 80 business representatives. The Disability:IN Fall Conference is also a great networking opportunity for job seekers with disabilities, employment service agencies, and advocates for disability inclusion.