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Welcome to the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities

“Dedicated to the pursuit of dignity and justice, authentic community inclusion, cultural competency, and self-determination for all New Hampshire residents 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.

NHCDD projects, publications, programs, and informational outreach sources are 100% federally funded through the US Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington DC., under grant 2301NHSCDD-01 totaling $ 527,570. Points of view or opinions do not necessarily represent official ACL policy.


cover of Disability research advocacy policy practice magazineCheck out our latest issue of Disability RAPP Magazine!

In our latest issue of Disability RAPP, we look at what person-centered planning is – and isn’t – and why it is important the NH reimagine what it means to support people with disabilities in living a self-determined life.

Link: Click here for the Disability RAPP new issue

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Employment Leadership Awards Nomination Window Is Now Open

The Employment Leadership Award is presented each year to five New Hampshire business leaders who demonstrate their commitment to recognize the skills and contributions that people with disabilities bring to the workforce.  These businesses are promoting and adopting inclusive policies and hiring practices that allow people with disabilities to fairly compete and excel in gainful employment.

Nominees are submitted by businesses, NH Vocational Rehabilitation staff and Community Rehabilitation Providers, as well as the general public. Nominations are evaluated based on the company’s efforts to: 

  • create opportunities that assist people with disabilities to develop and expand their skills in competitive employment; 
  • adopt inclusive hiring and training practices that allow people with disabilities to fairly compete for employment; 
  • engage community partners to become a more diverse workplace within communities

Do you know a New Hampshire business that would be a good candidate for this award?  If so please submit your nomination for consideration. Winning businesses receive a free full-page spread in Business NH Magazine. 

Click Here for the Nomination Form

Deadline April 30, 2024



spellers advertisementThe NH Council on Developmental Disabilities (NHCDD) will be hosting 2 showings of the movie “SPELLERS” at the Manchester Public Library Auditorium (405 Pine Street, Manchester).

Inspired by the book Underestimated, the full-length documentary SPELLERS challenges conventional wisdom regarding a group relegated to society’s margins: non-speakers with autism and apraxia, who most “experts” believe are cognitively disabled. 
The dates/times are:
1st Showing: Saturday, January 20 
                       10:00AM – 12:00PM

                      Snow date: Saturday, April 6 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM
2nd Showing: Thursday, March 21 
                        5:30PM – 7:30PM 

The event is free to the public. 









a woman smiles at the viewer while holding a marker and notebook in front of a colorful whiteboard Check out our latest issue of Stepping Stones Magazine!  

Stepping Stones sheds light on what it truly means to live an inclusive life! This issue includes our updated disability network resource guide.

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information about events and activities, please email