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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.


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DD Partners Introduce the Stop Special Campaign!

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The Directors of the DD Act Partnership, Isadora Rodriguez-Legendre, Stephanie Patrick, and Kelly Nye Lengerman have taken to the airwaves to launch the Stop Special Campaign, advocating for evolving the language we use when talking about disability.

Historically, the term “special” was used as a euphemism for disability. Over time it has embedded itself in policy, laws, and professional titles. Many in the disability community find this term offensive and “othering”.  Join us in talking to our communities about leaving the word special behind when talking about disability. 

Check out the Stop Special website at to hear what people with disabilities are saying about the use of the word “special”. You can also access the Disability Language Guide and Take the Pledge to get the word out! 


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The Disability Support Professional and Home Provider of the Year Awards nomination window is now open!

The DSP Awards Planning Committee is excited to continue to bring recognition to those who choose to be a part of supporting people with disabilities in the community. Join us in celebrating the support workforce by nominating someone you know as the DSP or Home Provider of the Year. 

The deadline for submitting nominations is June 1, 2024. Click here to download the nomination form. If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Blais at or 603-271-7040


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Check 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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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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