The Developmental Disabilities Act directs the DD Councils to support advocacy organizations throughout the state of New Hampshire.

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People First of New Hampshire

PFNH’s mission is to be multicultural champions of equality who advocate for people with disabilities to achieve their full potential. PFNH believes that all people should:

  • be treated as equals
  • have the right to make decisions
  • have the same choices and responsibilities as other people
  • be allowed to form and foster relationships
  • have the right to live where they want, and work where they want
  • should be fully included in our communities

2022 People First of NH meeting schedule
Contact: Kelly Ehrhart, President

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Self-Advocacy Leadership Team (SALT)

SALT is a task force of People First of NH that is committed to supporting people who experience disabilities by being part of the solution to issues that prevent ALL people from living life to its fullest.

Members serve as consultants to the Council, the Institute on Disability, the Disability Rights Center, and other disability adjacent organizations in New Hampshire. Members are experienced in legislative advocacy, working to educate decision makers on the impact that policies have on the lives of people with disabilities.

Contact: Kathy Bates, Facilitator


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Advocate NH

Advocate NH is a group of community members, professionals, people with disabilities, people who advocate for disability rights and who work to make our community inclusive. Advocate NH wants New Hampshire to be a great place to live, learn, work, and play for people with disabilities. Advocate NH’s primary efforts are centered in coordinating the Annual Learn It! Live It! Love It! Conference by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities.

Contact: Megan Niemaszyk



ABLE NH is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to working toward equality & advocating for the civil and human rights of individuals and families with disabilities.

Their mission is to advocate for the human and civil rights of all children and adults with disabilities and promotes full participation by improving systems of supports, connecting families, inspiring communities, and influencing public policy.

Contact: Lisa Beaudoin
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The Developmental Disabilities Act directs the DD Councils to support advocacy organizations throughout the state of New Hampshire.

The NHCDD believes in recognizing:

  • The importance of intersectional advocacy
  • The belief that disability rights are civil rights
  • The dream of full inclusion can only be accomplished when we are all living self-determined lives

Advocacy Tools

Understanding Advocacy through the DD Council Lens

ASAN Toolkit

ASAN A Self Advocates Guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act

Hear advocate Max Barrows share his employment experiences and his thoughts on the benefits of inclusive workplaces.