“Dignity, full rights of citizenship, cultural diversity,
equal opportunity, and full participation for
all NH citizens with developmental disabilities.”
The New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities is a federally funded agency that supports public policies and initiatives that remove barriers and promote opportunities in all areas of life. The Council is independent of the agencies that provide services to people with disabilities. The Council develops a State Plan every five years to establish specific goals, objectives and strategies to address the most important issues affecting people with developmental disabilities in New Hampshire. The Council carries out its mission through education, advocacy and the funding of innovative projects that make a difference in people's lives.
COVID 19 RESPONSE
Our office is now open to the public. However, in an effort to maintain the health and safety of our community, we ask that you make an appointment before visiting the DD Council. Masks and social distancing will be required and you will be screened at the door for COVID-related risk factors and a fever. We will continue to attempt to minimize in-person gatherings, and we ask that everyone call (603)271-3236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before visiting the office.
You can find more information from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services including specific information for parents and healthcare workers at https://www.nh.gov/covid19/.
Helpful COVID-19 Fact Sheets:
October 15, 2020
CONTACT: Lisa D. Beaudoin, Executive Director of ABLE NH (603) 878-0459, email@example.com
First Ever Gubernatorial Town Hall on Disability Issues
Concord, NH – The precedent setting Gubernatorial Town Hall on Disability Issues held on October 13th sparked a lively conversation between candidates Governor Chris Sununu and Senator Dan Feltes who delivered their disability policy platforms, experience, and vision if elected.
Hosted by ABLE NH, Granite State Independent Living, Disability Rights Center-NH, the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Institute on Disability at UNH, and moderated by Scott Spradling of the Spradling Group, the accessible Zoom-based Town Hall was simultaneously livestreamed on Facebook.
Seeking clarity on what the candidates will do to address an array of inequities, over 150 Granite Staters impacted by disability submitted real-time questions to the candidates. The candidates were also provided five questions prior to the event, which covered inclusive education, workforce shortage, housing, transportation, and disability employment.
“Townhalls are crucial for creating civil and informed dialogue on critical community and policy topics. Today’s event provided much needed attention to the critical issues facing individuals living with disability and their families,” said Kelly Nye-Lengermen, Executive Director of the Institute on Disability at UNH.
"People with disabilities are a powerful voting block. I'm pleased that both candidates answered questions directly from voters with disabilities so they can make an informed decision on November 3rd,” said Stephanie Patrick, Executive Director of Disability Rights Center- NH.
“The pandemic has showcased precisely the types of challenges facing the disabled community for decades: access to work, technology and flexibility of programs,” explains Deb Ritcey, CEO of Granite State Independent Living. “Our consumers want to participate in the workforce, they want to contribute to society and are ready to do so. All they ask is that policies from health care to education to housing
accommodate the unique needs of this population. Society has learned how to connect from a distance because of COVID-19, let’s extend that relationship to the very people who have been asking for this assistance for years.”
“This event was an important opportunity for individuals and families impacted by disabilities to hear
from the candidates about their viewpoints in shaping disability policy in NH” said Isadora Rodriguez-
Legendre, Executive Director of the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities. "It’s imperative that people with disabilities seize the opportunity to exercise power and control over their own lives by voting for leaders who represent their values for community inclusion. I’m so glad that we had such a great turn out for this event.”
“Granite Staters learned from the candidates their policy vision for and values around inclusion, equity and opportunity for people impacted by disability. Given the success of this inaugural event, we look forward to making the Disability Town Hall a regular stop on the campaign trail” said Lisa Beaudoin, Executive Director of ABLE NH.
To view a recording of the event please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/pDBC3qEeT-G3KiFtSF1GMMHRiEu7eIdELXy- 0o7GTW8xUtdkCOwj3Cx8K1eWb-aw.hhh8PYsOpvzlgroc
DSP Training Video
This video was created as part of an interactive training for direct support professionals entitled “Dream Big! Tools for Supporting Individual Choice & a Robust Community-Based Life”.
The training is available at no charge for provider agencies as part of the Living Wek NH – Quality Frameworks grant. For details and o schedule a training, please contact the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The content of this training was developed by the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities, ABLE NH and People First of NH in partnership with the Living Well New Hampshire Quality Frameworks grant (# 90DNIQ0001-01-00) funded from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Disabilities – Developmental Disabilities Projects of National Significance. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Health and Human Services - Administration for Community Living department and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
The New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities currently has the following Requests For Proposal (RFP) available for consultant applications:
TBA: Annual Retreat MEETING FACILITATOR PROPOSAL (DUE DATES PENDING)
The NH Leadership Series is offering a new Advanced Leadership Series for graduates. The Advanced Series consist of 4 topics, and 4 sessions. Each topic will span 8 weeks and occur remotely on zoom.