The following individuals are independent advocates for the RAISE Center.

 Tyrone_Hong Kong_2014 Tyrone Davis is a licensed North Carolina Attorney who is a Winston-Salem native.  He has a BA in Political Science and Masters of Public Administration from North Carolina State University.  For his Juris Doctor, he attended Elon University School of Law, which is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.  In addition to being a RAISE Advisory Board member, Tyrone has volunteered his time with the North Carolina Youth Leadership Forum.
 LeDerick Horne LeDerick Horne – Labeled as neurologically impaired in third grade, LeDerick Horne defies any and all labels. He’s a dynamic spoken-word poet. A tireless advocate for all people with disabilities. An inspiring motivational speaker. A bridge-builder between learners and leaders across the U.S. and around the word. An African-American husband and father who serves as a role model for all races, genders, and generations. The grandson of one of New Jersey’s most prominent civil rights leaders, LeDerick uses his gift for spoken-word poetry as the gateway to larger discussions on equal opportunity, pride, self-determination and hope for people with disabilities. His workshops, keynote speeches, and performances reach thousands of students, teachers, legislators, policy makers, business leaders, and service providers each year. He regularly addresses an array of academic, government, social, and business groups, including appearances at the White House, the United Nations, Harvard University, the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, and the Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Alabama State Departments of Education. His work addresses the challenges of all disabilities, uniting the efforts of diverse groups in order to achieve substantive, systemic change. You can learn more about him and his work at
 Jean Marie Jean-Marie Lawrence is a disability rights advocate and activist, and entrepreneur from Chattanooga, TN. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2012. Jean-Marie is the founder of Access-U, a program designed to assist people with disabilities in pursuing higher education. She also works for the City of Chattanooga as the ADA Title II Assessment Coordinator, and is the Chairperson of the Chattanooga Mayor’s Council on Disability. Jean-Marie is on several community boards, is the Vice President of the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee Organization, and was Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2012.
 Cara Cara Leibowitz is a disability activist and writer currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Disability Studies from the CUNY School of Professional Studies in Manhattan, NY. She was one of the original youth founders of the I Am Norm campaign, a national campaign aimed at promoting inclusion in schools and the community. She also works with DREAM (Disability Rights, Education, Activism and Mentoring), creating and expanding resources for higher education students with disabilities. Cara’s writing has been published in Empowering Leadership: A Systems Change Guide for Autistic College Students and Those With Other Disabilities, and the Criptiques anthology. She blogs at