About STABLE Accounts

What is a STABLE Account?

A STABLE Account is an investment account available to eligible individuals with disabilities. STABLE Accounts are made possible by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act. STABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain public benefits programs, like Medicaid or SSI. Earnings in your STABLE Account are not subject to federal income tax, so long as you spend them on “Qualified Disability Expenses.”

STABLE Accounts have some similar features to normal bank accounts, but they are not checking or savings accounts. STABLE Accounts are investment accounts, similar to 529 college savings accounts or 401(k) retirement accounts. When you deposit money into your STABLE Account, your money will be invested in different options that you choose. While you can still withdraw and spend your money whenever you need it, STABLE Accounts also allow you to grow your money and to save long-term for disability expenses.

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2018 Fall RAP Sheet

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NH Council On Developmental Disabilities Online Resource Guide

The New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities has created an online resource guide to help people with disabilities and families find the information, services, and supports they need. Find links to:

  • Information and Referral Services, Guidebooks and Online Resources
  • Information and Resources on Specific Disabilities or Topics
  • Disability Service Providers
  • State Offices and Programs
  • How to Apply for Public Benefits
  • Legal Services and Guides

A printable resource list is also available here.

Help us to improve and expand our resource guide. Please send us your suggestions for information or resources to add. It is a work in progress!

Manchester Winter Assistance Resources Quick Guide

The purpose of this Quick Guide is to provide City Departments, community organizations and residents with contact information for agencies that are providing local winter assistance resources for individuals and families in need. This Guide is not intended to be an exhaustive list of services but rather a quick reference to compliment the existing Information and Referral Networks described on the following page.

This is a working document. The Quick Guide will be updated periodically with new or previously unlisted services and posted on the Health Department’s website. The Quick Guide is an ongoing project of the Manchester Weed & Seed Strategy.

To add resources or for more information, please contact:

City of Manchester Health Department
Weed & Seed Strategy
1528 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire
Phone: 603-624-6466


Stepping Stones NH is a guidebook for people with disabilities, their families and the professionals that support them.

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NH RAP Sheet:
The Latest in Disability Research, Advocacy, Policy, and Practice

A collaborative newsletter of the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Disabilities Rights Center of NH, and UNH the Institute on Disability

Fall 2017: Making the Transition

Leaving the security of high school and stepping out into the world can be both exciting and stressful. For students with disabilities and their families, starting the planning process early will help pave the way for a successful transition. The best transition planning fully engages the student, helps them to envision a positive future, and provides the support and structure to move forward. We hope you’ll find this issue provides both practical information and the inspiration to dream big!

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Summer 2017: Advances In Assistive Technology

Advances in technology are moving at an unprecedented pace. Highly sophisticated smartphones, tablets, and other devices and their easily downloaded apps are opening up whole new worlds for everyone, but especially for people with disabilities. In this issue we look at how assistive technology is providing individuals with disabilities opportunities to learn, work, and play with significantly greater independence.

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Winter 2017: Time For Fun

Playing is a crucial part of a balanced life - it recharges our batteries, opens the door to friendship, and unlocks creativity... And thanks to the hard work of disability advocates and the passage of the ADA, recreation in the Granite State is increasingly accessible.

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Past Issues

Fall 2016: Getting to Work

For too long individuals with disabilities have been denied the opportunity to be fully included in America’s workforce. In this issue we hear from people who are working to change that.

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Summer 2016: Dream Big

Urging young people with disabilities and their families to envision a future full of possibilities, and to create a plan to get there.

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Winter 2016: Crisis in Direct Support

With failure to pay workers a livable wage, inadequate training opportunities, and lack of support on the job, it is not surprising that New Hampshire is facing a crisis in direct support.

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Fall 2015: 25 Years of Progress

While the work to achieve full access and equality is not over, in this issue we stop for a moment to take pride in how far we have come.

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Spring/Summer 2015: A Failure to Protect

A return to segregated settings, the devastating consequences of Zero Tolerance policies, and the increased use of restraint and seclusion are putting people with disabilities at considerable risk.

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Winter 2015: Putting All the Pieces Together

Meeting the Needs of Children with Disabilities and their Families.

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The RAP Sheet has gone electronic! Sign up today to ensure continued access to the latest in disability research, advocacy, policy, and practice you have come to depend upon. For those who do not have access to email, printed copies will still be provided. To continue to receive paper copies by mail, or if you have questions about RAP Sheet distribution, please call Mary at (603) 271-7039 or by email.

The Council Corner
A summary of the Council's activities over the past months all in one convenient location.

Spring 2019

In this Spring 2019 edition of the Council Corner, you will find the following sections:

• The 5 Year Plan

• Council Elections

• Policy Updates

• A Year in Events

• Upcoming Events

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Keeping it Simple: A Toolkit for Effective Family-School Partnerships
An easy to use toolkit to help build communication and relationships and navigate the Special Education process more effectively.

Becoming Friendly with Special Education
Developed by Katherine McBride, M. Ed.—Educator and Anat Eshed, Ph.D.—Parent
The intent of this booklet is to be a resource for those who are involved with, or interested in special education. In this booklet you will find information as well as tips and ideas to assist you in the special education process.

A FAMILY GUIDE to Special Education
Produced by the Parent Information Center (PIC)
A brief overview of the NH special education process and list of resources.


Maneuvering Through the Maze
A comprehensive resource guide of agencies, organizations and services for families having children with disabilities or special health care needs.

My Opinion Matters Blog and Forum

Navigating the world of developmental disabilities can be confusing, frustrating, and overwhelming at times. You may feel lost. You may be unsure of what options you and/or your child have. That’s why the My Opinion Matters blog and forum were created.

Parents, self-advocates, and professionals from all across New Hampshire now have a place to share their stories, positive and negative experiences, and tips with each other. Your opinion matters, and we’d love to hear it. Visit the site by clicking here.