ABLE NH (Advocates Building Lasting Equality in NH) and Lisa Beaudoin, received the AUCD’s 2019 Special Recognition Award on November 19, 2019 in Washington D.C.  The Association of University Centers on Disability presents this award annually to an individual, group or organization outside of the AUCD network, to recognize outstanding contributions toward creating more inclusive communities for people with disabilities and their families. Lisa was honored for shepherding ABLE NH through its development arc toward long term financial sustainability and striving tirelessly to fulfill its civil and human rights mission for children and adults with disabilities.

In 2019, ABLE NH spearheaded legislation creating an oral health benefit for adults who are Medicaid recipients.  Once the program is built, 26,000 adults with disabilities and seniors on Medicaid along with 45,000 additional Medicaid recipients will have access to preventative and restorative oral health care.  

Director of the New Hampshire chapter of ABLE since 2017, Lisa completed her graduate studies in Cultural Anthropology at the New School with a focus on the social construct of race and the intellectual understanding of the oppression of ableism. Lisa believes that having different abilities is simply one thread in the tapestry of precious human life.

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