Community Events Schedule

Here you will find a number of community events. The Council is not directly involved in these events, but they are important and relevant to our mission of bettering the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.

The Arc: FINDS Survey

Do you provide primary (paid OR unpaid) and frequent support to a family member or friend with an intellectual or developmental disability? The Arc of the United States invites you to participate in the 2017 FINDS survey.

This is an opportunity to provide input at the National level.

(Note: this survey is not intended for DSPs)
Take the survey


Disability Matters with Joyce Bender: Mat McCollough

Internet Radio Show

Disability Matters with Joyce Bender focuses on the employment and empowerment of people with disabilities. It is one of the first international talk radio shows with real-time captioning. On February 21st, Bender spoke with Mat McCollough, the Executive Director of the DC Developmental Disabilities Council.

View the list of questions that Bender asked McCollough during the radio show.

Listen to the recording here:

Or find it archived on the Bender Consulting Services website:


Upcoming Events

iCreATe for Paralysis Project

May-August 2017

12 Workshops across NH


ATinNH will be hosting FREE Assistive Technology Makers Workshops across the state of New Hampshire. These hands-on workshops will empower participants with the knowledge, skills, tools and materials to create assistive technology solutions in minutes. Over the course of the day-long workshop, participants will fabricate a variety of solutions to support individuals who experience paralysis.

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Mr. Connolly Has ALS

June 2-8

Red River Theatres, Concord, NH


Attend a screening for Mr. Connolly Has ALS, a new film by Dan Habib, which chronicles Gene Connolly’s final year as principal of Concord High School and features CHS students asking Connolly about the most profound and personal aspects relating to his life with ALS.

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Plan Your Response for an Autism Emergency

Wednesday, June 7 from 6:30 PM - 8 PM

Memorial Union Building, UNH, Durham, NH


Since 2009, 74 children with autism have died after wandering away from a safe setting. Since 2011 over 400 people have been reported missing by the media. 49% of Children with autism wander or bolt from a safe setting. This training will identify issues of autism-related risk; provide strategies to help manage ASD risk at home and school; explore disclosure options (e.g.ID cards, 911 registries, and field disclosure); discuss prevention, alert, and response plans for dangerous wandering; and identify tools and options for parents, care providers, educators, and persons with autism to develop partnerships with law enforcement, first response, and criminal justice agencies.

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RENEW Facilitator Training Institute

Saturday, June 10


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Thursday, June 15


Methods, Models, & Tools

June 15, 16, 22, 23, 26

Durham, NH


In this course, participants will learn how to facilitate person-centered planning and leave understanding the impact that existing policies and practices for service planning within human service systems have on individual/family choice, control, and self-efficacy. Participants will also develop basic skills related to facilitating person-centered planning; learn techniques and strategies for managing interpersonal dynamics within planning teams; gain a general working knowledge of primary funding sources and ways to creatively combine sources to develop an individualized budget; and acquire an understanding of the components of service brokering and strategies for negotiating sustainable service agreements.

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Prevention of Disruptive Classroom Behavior: PBIS II

Saturday, June 17


Trauma-Informed Care Presentation

Wednesday, June 21 from 12 PM- 2 PM

UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Goffstown, NH


A presentation by Linda Douglas from the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, providing the basics for understanding how childhood trauma and toxic stress impacts growth and development.

Attendees will gain:

-An increased knowledge of the effects of childhood trauma as it relates to physical, mental, and emotional health

-The ability to identify possible procedures, policies, or physical structures that could activate trauma responses

-The ability to describe 3 interventions or skills used to decrease trauma responses

For Questions or to sign up:

Contact : Kristen McGraw

(603) 497-2343

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Youth Leadership Training

August 10-11

SERESC Event & Conference Center, Bedford, NH

Free with Acceptance

This free two-day youth leadership training is an opportunity for young people to learn about how to become leaders of and advocates for positive change to their school’s culture and climate.

Meet other New England middle and high school students and develop strategies together to help create supportive, welcoming schools and communities.

Learn how to bring youth voices and experience to adult leaders in your school and community to positively influence decision making.

Who Should Apply:
Youth involved with student government, leadership roles, diversity organizations, juvenile justice systems, mental health services, athletics, and special education. Youth interested in improving school and community, overcoming adversity, learning leadership skills, and understanding experiences of others.

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2017 Conference on School Culture, Climate, & Positive Behavior Support

Friday, August 11

Bedford, NH


Schools and communities continue to face obstacles to addressing behavior, climate, safety, and academic achievement. Establishing a safe school environment using a multi-tiered system of support is related to improved outcomes for all students. The theme of this year’s conference is “Classroom Success with MTSS.” Listen to keynote speaker, Terrance M. Scott, Ph.D. present Effective Instruction and the Management of Challenging Classroom Behaviors.

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Ninth Annual State-Wide Employer Recognition Ceremony

Thursday, September 21

Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH

The Employment Leadership Award Committee invites you to nominate your best employer for the 2017 Employment Leadership Award. The Employment Leadership Award is presented each year to New Hampshire employers who recognize the skills and contributions that people with disabilities bring to the workforce and who have adopted inclusive policies and hiring practices that allow people with disabilities to fairly compete for employment.

Nominees are submitted by employment providers and businesses throughout New Hampshire and nominations are evaluated based on the company’s efforts to: create opportunities that assist people with disabilities to develop the skills they need to obtain competitive integrated employment; adopt inclusive hiring practices that allow people with disabilities to fairly compete for employment; and engage community partners to become a more diverse workplace.

The 2017 Employment Leadership Award winners will be featured in a special section appearing in the September 2017 issue of Business NH Magazine and formally recognized at the Ninth Annual State-wide Employer Recognition Ceremony to be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.

Nominations are due Friday, June 2, 2017 and will only be accepted by email at To apply, fill out the ELA Nomination Form. Please send nomination in “word format” as an attached file. Nominations in PDF format will not be accepted.

*Note* Previous Employment Leadership Award Winners may be re-nominated at 5-year intervals.

Please contact Jim Hinson, Employment Leadership Award Committee Chair, at - 603-419-9454 with any questions.


4th Annual NH Leadership & ABLE NH Charity Golf Classic

Friday, September 22 at 1 PM

Windham Country Club, Windham, NH

This event was started by friends and family of people who have lifelong disabilities. Your support will help fund these two crucial beneficiaries, NH Leadership Series and ABLE NH.

Entry Fee- $150 for golf, lunch, & raffle tickets plus one free mulligan!


12:30 pm registration, practice

1:30 pm shotgun

5:00pm dinner (steak & chicken)

Not a golfer but still want to support the cause? We have all different sponsorship levels and are always looking for donations of any size.

Contact or call Linda Quintanilha at 603.494.1183 for additional information.

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