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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.


The New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities is soliciting requests for proposals. The Council has set aside a total of $83,569.00 of federal funds for fiscal support for entities to recruit, hire, and train public health workers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future public health challenges (this may include temporary staffing and/or independent contractors).

This funding may be used to offset costs of hiring a range of public health professionals, including but not limited to the following list of professional categories, which represent a wide range of jobs, functions, and responsibilities found through the aging and disability networks:

  • Community health worker
  • Program manager
  • Public health nurse
  • Communication and policy experts
  • Case investigator
  • Contact tracer
  • Social support specialist
  • Disease intervention specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Laboratory personnel
  • Informaticians
  • Training development and execution
  • Other positions required to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19 and other future health emergencies

For information, please contact Isadora Rodriguez-Legendre, Executive Director at or (603) 271-3236 (603) 271-1157.

View RFP


The NHCDD is a proud sponsor of this year’s  Manchester Queen City Pride Festival and Seacoast Pride Festival

Stop by at our vendor table, say hello, and learn about how the NHCDD collaborates with other organizations in our state to help build equitable communities.

Seacoast Pride    Queen City Pride

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 (


We are Soliciting Smile Award Nominations!

The DD Council feels that it is important to recognize that quality of life for people with developmental disabilities means more than access to housing, healthcare, and employment. It also means enjoying the good things in life, such as taking advantage of New Hampshire’s abundant opportunities to engage with nature. The Council created the Smile Award to recognize initiatives that make outdoor recreation accessible.

Past Winners:

people surfing
Surfing with Smiles

a park map
Friends of White Park Trust, Concord
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The Nature Conservancy at NH

The nomination form can be filled out online at:

Contact Vanessa Blais at or 603-271-7040


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DSP and Home Provider of the Year

2022 Nominations are now open!
Please submit by July 1, 2022 to or the address below.

2½ Beacon St., Suite 10
Concord, NH 03301