Outcomes

NH Leadership Series Participants at NH StatehouseGraduates of the NH Leadership Series have affected change at many different levels, both public and private, throughout the state of New Hampshire. With over 1000 graduates, the NH Leadership Series develops leaders who influence policy, are elected to local and state office, start or strengthen nonprofit organizations, and lead their communities to become places that embrace the inclusion of all persons.

The contributions that graduates make to their community and the state are the strongest testament to the importance and success of the program. Graduates often attribute their growth and impact to the experience and lessons learned from the NH Leadership Series. The following is a partial listing of the accomplishments of Leadership graduates:

  • 10 graduates have been NH representatives; one graduate is a former NH Senator, governor and US Senator.
  • Graduates are active members of the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities, the NH Disability Rights Council and the Institute on Disability Consumer Advisory Council.
  • Many graduates serve on Area Agency boards of Directors, regional family support councils and the state family support council (at last look, 80% of Family Support Council Chairpersons were Leadership graduates).
  • 15 graduates have completed the NH/ME LEND program: focusing on the family discipline.
  • The current and past Executive Directors of ABLE NH are Leadership graduates.
  • Three 2008 Leadership grads organized ABLE NH (Advocates Building Lasting Equality in NH) and started ten ABLE NH Chapters statewide.
  • The current Director of NH Connections and 3 of 4 Regional Facilitators are Leadership graduates.
  • The coordinator of Policy Partners at Community Crossroads is a Leadership grad.
  • The Chair of the NH Quality Council (2009 – current) is a leadership graduate.
  • Including Samuel, Who Cares about Kelsey, and Intelligent Lives were produced by Leadership graduate Dan Habib.
  • Several Leadership graduates attended the Quality Affordable Childcare and Early Education Conference in Washington D.C.in 2018.
  • 2018- Keeping Families Together Rally and the Poor People’s campaign Rally; graduates worked on these events in various capacities from coordination to speaking to tabling.
  • Nashua’s Legacy Playground, first accessible playground in NH -project organizer a 2012 graduate.
  • Graduates served as board members and officers of the NH Autism Society.
  • A 2003 graduate and former President of the NH Autism Society organized a meeting with the Governor and the Commissioner of HHS in April 2004.  Purpose:  to talk frankly about concerns of families regarding changes to the Katie Beckett Medicaid Waiver.
  • Many dozens of Leadership graduates attended and testified at the hearings in 2004 regarding changes to Katie Beckett Waiver in both Claremont and Concord.
  • A 2004 graduate reported through the Leadership list serve that she organized her son’s IEP meeting at a new school and ran the meeting beginning with an agenda, mission statement, and goals for her son.  The principal told them later that she and her husband were “Impressive” and that it was “our privilege to have him (her son) here.  She credits the Series for her new skills.
  • A 2002 graduate is active in the Organization for Peace, Justice, and Development in Rwanda, Inc.  He wrote a powerful list of recommendations to General Colin Powell, Dr. Condoleessa Rice, and the Honorable Cynthia McKinney regarding US assistance to “a brutal, dictatorial regime.”
  • Several graduates are instrumental in sending current legislative updates (including translations and opinions of what the legislative language really means) to all graduates on the Leadership list serve.
  • Countless graduates have written and called their representatives and senators to lobby for or against the passage of various bills that could affect themselves or their child.
  • Two 1990 graduates reinstituted the NH Autism Society. 
  • A 1988 Leadership graduate created and is the former editor of the NH Challenge – a statewide newspaper dedicated to issues that affect disability.
  • Many letters from graduates to local editors have appeared in newspapers around the state.
  • A 1995 graduate is the current community organizer for the NH Brain Injury Association.
  • Leadership graduates have run for, and won, seats on their local school boards statewide.
  • Many Leadership graduates have started local and statewide support groups.
  • A 2002 graduate started PAUSE (Parents Actively United for School Excellence) in the North Conway area.  This group brought school personnel and parents together for collaborative purposes on a monthly basis.
  • A 1996 graduate began an educational organizing group in Derry called ASK (Alliance for Special Kids). This group met regularly with parents and the superintendent of schools to be a collaborator in the educational process in their district.
  • A Representative from the NH House of Representatives attended hearings in 2004 on psychotropic drugs (SB 383) and Katie Beckett (HB 1428) as a result of being a guest at the Legislative Session and learning about how these bills could affect his constituents.  His vote on the bills reflected his constituents’ concerns.
  • The final project from a 2004 “Issue Group” resulted in a CD and training manual for anyone involved in creating playgrounds that will be accessible for all children.
  • A final project from a 2004 “Issue Group” resulted in a brochure targeted at workforce development for area agencies or families looking to recruit providers.
  • A 1998 graduate is President/Director of C’esta (The Coalition for Education and Self-help Training Advocates).
  • Many graduates have entered a college program and/or continued their post-secondary education. 
  • Leadership graduates have inspired legislation.  For example:
    • Family support bill (1989)
    • Waiting list bill (1989)
    • In-home Support bill (2000)
    • Waiting list bill (2001)
    • Bicycle Helmet bill (2005)
    • Autism Registry bill (2006)
    • Statewide Autism Oversight Commission bill (2008)
    • Full funding of the Wait list for people with developmental disabilities (2009)
    • Connor’s Law (2010)
    • Restraint and Seclusion (2014)
    • Nursing Staff pay raise (2016)
    • Oral Healthcare bill (2019)
    • Special Education Parent Advisory Council (2020)