“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.
Please note that due to overwhelming demand, we are temporarily
suspending personal technology grants (We hope to offer these again
later in 2021)
Our office is now open to the public. However, in an effort to maintain the health and safety of our community, we ask that you make an appointment before visiting the DD Council. Masks and social distancing will be required and you will be screened at the door for COVID-related risk factors and a fever. We will continue to attempt to minimize in-person gatherings, and we ask that everyone call (603)271-3236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before visiting the office.
You can find more information and links from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services including specific information for parents and healthcare workers at https://www.nh.gov/covid19/.
Grant Funds Available
The Council is seeking entities to apply who can demonstrate the ability to develop and initiate a new and innovative program that will improve and enhance services for the developmental disability community. All applications must take into account the Cultural/Linguistic needs of diverse groups within the population.
Special consideration will be given to projects that address any of the following needs in the ID/DD community:
Funds Available - Up to $20,000
More specifics and information on how to apply are available here.
The Council is charged with identifying the most pressing needs in the developmental disabilities community and then developing a State Plan every five years to establish specific goals, objectives and strategies to address those needs We are currentl;y working on our next 5-Year Plan and will be scheduling feedback sessions shortly to hear what our community thinks about our draft.
Give us your comments on our 5-Year State Plan on this survey.
Due to COVID-19, the State Senate is meeting remotely for its Bill hearings during the 2021 Legislative Session. Here is for guidance on how you can register your support or opposition on a Bill or sign in and testify remotely.
Everyone has the right to be heard!
The Employment Leadership Awards are presented each year to five New Hampshire businesses who demonstrate their commitment to recognize the skills and contributions that people with disabilities bring to the workforce. These businesses are promoting and adopting inclusive policies and hiring practices that allow people with physical, mental, and/or developmental disabilities, to fairly compete and excel in gainful employment.
Do you know a New Hampshire business that would be a good candidate for this award? If so, please submit your nomination for consideration. Winning businesses receive a free full-page spread in Business NH Magazine.
The DSP Conference Planning Committee will be honoring the winners of the of the 2020 Direct Support Professional and Home Care Provider of the Year at a virtual event in January. A link will be sent out when the award presentation is available online.
In the meantime, the committee is turning its attention to 2021 and would like to invite all of you to submit nominations for the
So many of our DSPs and HCPs have been extraordinarily creative and gone above and beyond during this difficult time.
Most of us know at least one outstanding person who deserves this recognition.
Please share with us the story of an amazing DSP or HCP you know.
This video was created as part of an interactive training for direct support professionals entitled “Dream Big! Tools for Supporting Individual Choice & a Robust Community-Based Life”.
The training is available at no charge for provider agencies as part of the Living Wek NH – Quality Frameworks grant. For details and o schedule a training, please contact the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities at: email@example.com
The content of this training was developed by the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities, ABLE NH and People First of NH in partnership with the Living Well New Hampshire Quality Frameworks grant (# 90DNIQ0001-01-00) funded from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Disabilities – Developmental Disabilities Projects of National Significance. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Health and Human Services - Administration for Community Living department and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
The NH Leadership Series is offering a new Advanced Leadership Series for graduates. The Advanced Series consist of 4 topics, and 4 sessions. Each topic will span 8 weeks and occur remotely on zoom.