Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire

Disability Rights Center-NH (DRC-NH), is dedicated to eliminating barriers in New Hampshire that limit the full and equal enjoyment of civil rights and opportunities of individuals with disabilities. Since DRC-NH’s creation in 1978, it has served as the designated Protection and Advocacy agency in the state and is authorized by federal statute “to pursue legal, administrative and other appropriate remedies” on behalf of individuals with disabilities.

Intelligent Lives premiere – Thanks to Dan Habib for this opportunity!

On November 1st, the NH Leadership Series and Dan Habib hosted a screening of Intelligent Lives at Red River Theatre. The theatre was packed with Leadership graduates, current participants, self-advocates, family and community members, and supporters of Leadership. The night was a great success and we thank everyone who contributed. A special thank you goes out to Jill Libby from the Wild Bean, Teagen and Tyler Comeau, and Forrest Beaudoin-Friede who were featured as panelists in a lively discussion following the film.

In Memory of Jocelyn Curtin

Jocelyn Curtin, daughter of Leadership gradate Marlin Curtin, Class of 1988, passed away at age 40. Jocelyn contributed to the knowledge and learning of so many advocates in NH and her legacy of creating communities where everyone belongs will continue.  Her story was shared widely by Marlin as Jocelyn entered elementary school and hundreds of educators and school administrators were inspired by her story of inclusion, friendships, and creating a full life in the community.

Fifth Annual NH Leadership and ABLE NH Golf Tourney

The 2018 Golf Tournament was held September 30th 2018.  Special thanks to Jim Watson, Leadership Class of 2014, and to Mary Straight, our Concord IOD Office Manager and Golf Planner extraordinaire for their hard work and dedication making this tournament the best ever! After lunch, over 100 golfers enjoyed a gorgeous day on the golf course, competing in scramble format. They finished with a delicious steak and chicken dinner and an evening of fun raffles and prizes.  Both ABLE NH and Leadership received over $7,000 and are grateful for the support we have experienced over the years!

Congratulations Legislators!

November’s election marked victories for three NH Leadership Alumni who were inspired by Leadership to enter this field of public service.   

Congratulations to incumbent Tamara Le, Class of 2010, Wendy Chase, Class of 2018, and Gaby Grossman, Class of 2015 for winning their races for state representatives.  We are proud of each one of you and we are grateful to have you in Concord representing people with disabilities and their families!

The Amazing Class of 2019

The NH Leadership Series Class of 2019 has gotten off to a fantastic start and participants already are showing their skills in so many arenas!   

During the History Session, one of New Hampshire’s most beloved advocates, Freda Smith, honored us with her presence and talked about her role in closing Laconia State School.  Freda organized people in the 80’s and 90’s to take a stand against the poor treatment of people who had disabilities at Laconia State School and institutions like it that warehoused individuals with disabilities.   

Institute on Disability Receives $350,000 Grant from Annie Forts Up Syndrome Fund

DURHAM, N.H. - The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has been awarded a $350,000 grant by the Annie Forts Up Syndrome Fund to establish the Annie Forts Up Syndrome Leadership Training Fund. It will benefit the New Hampshire Leadership Series and is intended to be distributed over the next ten to fifteen years for programmatic and scholarship support.

Institute on Disability Receives $350,000 Grant from Annie Forts Up Syndrome Fund

DURHAM, N.H. - The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has been awarded a $350,000 grant by the Annie Forts Up Syndrome Fund to establish the Annie Forts Up Syndrome Leadership Training Fund. It will benefit the New Hampshire Leadership Series and is intended to be distributed over the next ten to fifteen years for programmatic and scholarship support.