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Welcome to the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities

“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.

 

Voter News

The New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office will offer the Accessible Electronic Absentee Ballot system for the 2022 State Primary Voters with print disabilities that prevents them from marking a ballot or completing election forms using pen and paper.

You can download the Accessible Electronic Absentee Ballot application on the Secretary of State’s website at: https://www.sos.nh.gov/elections/voters/register-vote/absentee/accessible-voting.

 

Disability Rights Center

Know Your Voting Rights A Toolkit for Voters with Disabilities

DRC Voter Toolkit

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Part Time Policy Assistant Position Available

The NH Council on Developmental Disabilities seeks to hire a part time Policy Assistant to support the Director of Policy and Planning.

Must be highly organized and detail oriented and love Policy!

This is a State of New Hampshire Position

Part-time (20-25 hours per week)

In-Office – Requires physical presence in the office and off-site, primarily the State House and Legislative Office Building in Concord, NH. Requires flexibility. May include nights and weekends.

To apply, you must create an account and apply on the State of New Hampshire employment site: https://das.nh.gov/jobsearch/employment.aspx

Req # 26672

Salary Labor Grade 19 $20.84/hr.
 
Responsibilities may include:

  • Collecting and preparing information related to policy focus and legislative priorities for use by the Council, stakeholders, and public.
  • Using Track Bill (Policy Engage) to inform updates to inform and track legislative priorities relating to the developmental disability community.
  • Distributing information about state and federal policies and procedures as it relates.
  • Assist with testifying at legislative hearings by providing support and resources, including council letters to committees and commissions.
  • Review and revise program outreach material, publications, e-content, training programs and operating manuals to maximize access to information.
  • Attend regular Council Policy Committee meetings and other related legislative activities.
  • Support and make recommendations to the Director of Policy and Planning related to programmatic and legislative priorities that support the Council’s goals and objectives.

Go here for more information

 

 

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Congratulations to the 2022 Employment Leadership Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2022 Employment Leadership Award Winners! Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Ma’s Café, McLane Concord, Port City Pretzels, and Potter’s House Bakery and Café.

“Each of our winners has an understanding of the value of employing individuals with disabilities and demonstrate these through their inclusive hiring practices. These champions lead the way for other local businesses and employers throughout the state to follow their model.”

 

A Message in Solidarity Against Systemic Racism

The NH Council on Developmental Disabilities cannot stay silent about the recent, and historic, murders of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement. We are disheartened by those injustices as we advocate for equal access and protection for all people. Many in the disability community face multiple barriers to inclusion and belonging. Because disability cuts across all demographics, we support the demands for justice across the nation.

With the help of many disability advocacy groups, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) drafted and released a statement mourning the murders of Black people by police, names the relationship between racism and ableism, and identifies initial steps the coalition will take to address this intersection. We stand behind their statements and call for systemic equity for all marginalized citizens. You can read the full CCD statement at TASC Training and Advocacy Support Center (c-c-d.org).

 

 

Come celebrate the power of inclusion with us!

Save the date! October 15, 2022

Who should march?

Everyone – Community Groups, Businesses, school groups, nonprofit organizations – anyone who believes in justice for people with disabilities.

Sponsorship opportunities available!

Contact Andrew@ABLENH.org