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.

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

2017 START National Training Institute

Sunday, April 30 - Tuesday, May 2

Rye Brook, NY

The annual START National Training Institute (SNTI) provides an interactive forum aimed at the sharing of best practices, engaging in experiential learning opportunities, and “feeling the strength of START”. Institute participants will leave equipped with information and tools that will help to inform and improve their daily work, empowering them to become ambassadors of hope within their own communities.

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Information Session - Required Changes in NH Home and Community Based Care Waivers

Tuesday, May 16, 2 PM - 4 PM

Bureau of Developmental Services - Main Building, Tom Fox Chapel, 105 Pleasant St, Concord, NH

The New Hampshire Bureau of Developmental Services is pleased to offer an Information Session to discuss upcoming changes that are required in the NH Home and Community Based Care Waivers – to include the Developmental Disability (DD) Waiver, Acquired Brain Disorder (ABD) Waiver, and In Home Supports (IHS) Waiver.

Please RSVP to Debra LeCompte by calling BDS at 603-271-5143 or email:

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nTIDE Lunch & Learn

Friday, June 5



RENEW Facilitator Training Institute

Wednesday, June 10


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Monday, June 15


Prevention of Disruptive Classroom Behavior: PBIS II

Wednesday, June 17


Plan Your Response for an Autism Emergency (Families)

Wednesday, June 7

Memorial Union Building, Strafford Room, at the University of New Hampshire

83 Main Street, Durham, NH

Session Goals and Objectives:
•Identify issues of autism-related risk
•Provide strategies to help manage ASD risk at home and school
•Disclosure options: ID cards, 911 registries, and field disclosure
•Discuss prevention, alert, and response plans for dangerous wandering
•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

This is a free event with light refreshments and door prizes!

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2017 Employment Leadership Award Nominations

Due by Friday, June 2


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.