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NH A guidebook for people with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who support them

Meet

Samuel Habib

Advocate and aspiring filmmaker

A specialty publication of ParentingNH, sponsored by


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4 Welcome 7 Meet Samuel Habib 12 Going places one robot at a time

14 The 2018 Employment

Leadership Award Winners

18 Autism Q&A 23 How to get the services and support you need

25 Resource guide

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Samuel Habib at home with his service dog, Proton. Story on Page 7. Photo by Kendal Bush.

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The New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities assists individuals and families advocate for the necessary policies, programs and supports to enable people of all abilities to live in dignity, with full rights of citizenship, equal opportunity and full participation. The Council initiates activities and projects for people with disabilities that create positive, long-term change to participate in all aspects of community life and supports community initiatives that promote full citizenship and inclusion.

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NH. For many years now, the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities has been sponsoring the publication of this important resource guide. I remember first coming across Stepping Stones NH and being utterly impressed by the information and stories made available to families and professionals in this way. My hope is to continue that long-standing tradition with the year’s magazine. It is important to us at the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities to support the publication of stories that focus on the many ways in which individuals who experience developmental disabilities can be successful in doing the things they love. We are all motivated by the things we enjoy doing. Individuals who experience disabilities are no different. Whether it’s making films, accessing educational supports, recreational activities, school clubs, or integrated employment opportunities, many of the stories in this issue are about individuals overcoming obstacles to pursue the activities that bring them joy. New Hampshire is made more inclusive on a daily basis because of the commitment and work of the people serving our communities. We are happy to continue in this work despite the many changes, challenges and opportunities for growth that our community has faced recently. Our aim is to continue to offer this resource to help individu-

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Advocate, problem-solver and aspiring

filmmaker by Bill Burke

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amuel Habib couldn’t access the student section to sit with his friends during Concord High School basketball games, so he worked with school administrators to develop a solution. The city’s downtown was a maze of inaccessible entry ways and difficultto-navigate routes, so he made a film illustrating those challenges. Memorial Field, where the high school’s football team plays its home games, could have better wheelchair accessibility – and Habib is on the case. If there’s a problem that needs solving, Samuel Habib is the person you want on your team.

Samuel at home with his caretaker Kirk Binning.

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Photo by Kendal Bush

Samuel Habib is a catalyst for change in his community


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Habib, a Concord High School graduate, college student, aspiring filmmaker, Red Sox and NASCAR fan and music lover, has cerebral palsy — and is keenly aware of the cultural and systematic barriers that make inclusion a challenge, so he set out to do something about it. “I became involved in self-advocacy because it is important,” Habib said. “It is important because I need to advocate for myself and other people with disabilities.” Habib, the subject of the film, “Including Samuel,” an award-winning documentary created by his father, filmmaker Dan Habib released in 2007 (www.includingsamuel.com), comes by his persistence naturally. While he may have been influenced by the documentary, which chronicles the family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives, his parents say he was born with an innate confidence that motivates him. “Samuel has a belief in himself, and that he has every right to belong in all aspects of society – as much as people who don’t have cerebral palsy or are in a wheelchair or have other challenges,” Dan Habib, who is also Project Director of the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire said. “I think that Sam seemed to have been born with a sense of resilience and self-confidence that’s been with him his whole life. I like to think (his mother) Betsy (McNamara) and I have supported and cultivated that, but it’s his natural way of being.” He also credits Samuel’s family, friends and the larger Concord community with supporting that strong sense of self, but his mother also points to a fiery side of the 18-year-old that comes with sometimes being underestimated. “I would like to think that Dan and I have helped to teach both of our boys about being an advocate for justice in our society, but Samuel also understands that people tend to dismiss him or expect less from him because he has a disability, and it makes him angry,” McNamara said. “Anger is a great fuel for advocacy, as long as there is room for laughter and fun along the way. Samuel laughs a lot; he has a great sense of humor. I believe it is that combination of toughness and sense of fun that makes him persistent.” When Samuel was young, Dan had an opportunity to speak with Bob Williams – commissioner for the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton. He asked Williams, who also has cerebral palsy, how he might help Samuel become a strong adult. “He said to give him choices at every juncture,” Dan Habib said. “So we did.” The result is a confident 18-year-old who has an interest in helping himself and others when the need arises. “I’m advocating for more accessibility at my high school,” Samuel Habib said through an assistive communication device. “I couldn’t sit with my friends in the

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Get to know Sam Habib Hobbies: Bird watching. In my free time, I like to: Read books – ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Zeitoun,’ ‘It’s Good to be Gronk,’ ‘Pedro,’ ‘Papi.’ My favorite TV shows are: ‘The Office,’ ‘Parks and Rec,’ ‘How I Met Your Mother.’

I also enjoy: Going to concerts. I have been to Imagine Dragons, Macklemore, the Avett Brothers and Matisyahu.

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stands at the basketball games, so I emailed the principal and the athletic director and told them I couldn’t get up to the student section at the basketball games and I asked them to move the student section down to the court.” It worked, and provided the 18-year-old with an early victory. Recently, he’s turned his attention to football season. “The city owns the football stands and there is not much room for wheelchairs,” he said. “And even in the accessible seats my chair blocks the aisle for everyone else, so I can’t sit with my friends.” He testified before the Concord City Council, asking them to rebuild the bleachers and make them “truly accessible.” “Everyone in our community should be able to get into the bleachers and enjoy the game,” he said. “I won’t give up until the football stands are really wheelchair accessible. You have to work hard. Go to City Hall meetings. Call your representatives. Get help from your friends and family. Talk about change.” It wasn’t the first time Habib took a look at accessibility and inclusion. In 2017, he made a short film, available on YouTube, “Rolling Through Downtown Concord.” It’s a first-person perspective of what it’s like to move in and around the city center, showing both improvements and challenges. “I mounted a GoPro on my wheelchair and filmed with it,” he said. “I wrote and recorded my own narration to match the edited version of the video footage. I also interviewed some people in Concord, including Mayor Jim Bouley, Developer Steve Duprey, and Cindy Robertson from the Disability Rights Center.” And while challenges may still exist, Samuel is equipped to face them, Dan Habib said. It’s a trait his parents have seen since birth. “It feels like the sum total of so many things that Samuel has done is his greatest accomplishment,” McNamara, said. “Doing well in school when he so often does not feel well or is sick, creating meaningful

My favorite sports teams are: The Red Sox, The Patriots and NASCAR (Kevin Harvick).

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Samuel attended his high school prom with his friend Anita last spring.

Top: Samuel at his graduation from Concord High School in June. Bottom: Samuel advocated for changes that allowed him to sit with his friends at his school’s basketball games. Stepping Stones NH • 2018-2019 9


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You have to work hard. Go to City Hall meetings. Call your representatives. Get help from your friends and family. Talk about change.

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— Samuel Habib friendships when he is literally not able to access so many of the things his friends can, and always wanting to learn and grow when he has to work through so many medical issues and therapies and it would be easy to give up. I’m amazed by this kid pretty much every day.” Last spring, Samuel went to the prom with his friend Anita at the Grappone Center and graduated high school in June. This summer, he worked at New Sky productions in Nashua — a video production company. “I learned about editing and video production,” he said. “I also helped promote their in-house studio by creating videos for their social media.” He’s since been accepted to the New Hampshire Technical Institute, where he takes a communication course. He is also enrolled in the New Hampshire Leadership series at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, and he is taking two classes at Concord High School — Social Movements and Career Communications. “He’s the most positive and resilient person I’ve ever met,” Dan Habib said. “And he’s got an amazing sense of humor. Teachers tell us they knew how sharp he was when they would make jokes that would go over the other kids’ heads and he’d laugh. He loves to tell stories and travel. He has an incredible ability to look for the positive in almost every situation — something we can all learn from.”

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He’s going places Don’t tell Thomas Ryan-Hicks what he can do, especially when it comes to robotics and his future

one robot By Rob Levey

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utism does not need to define any child nor should it ever hold one back from pursuing a dream, which for Thomas Ryan-Hicks, ninth-grader at The Founders Academy Public Charter School in Manchester, means robotics.

“Thomas has always had a knack for putting things together,” said his mother, Moira Ryan of Londonderry. A few years back, this knack turned into a full-blown passion when the Wounded Warrior Project gave Thomas a Kanu computer, which he then built and used to learn to program. At the time, he was attending Mills Fall Charter School in Manchester, which offered robotics for the first time when he was in sixth grade. “It was the first time Thomas showed an interest in an after-school activity,” said Moira. When he moved on to Founders the following year, they also offered a robotics team. He had in fact competed against them while at Mills Fall Charter School. Immediately upon joining the robotics program at Founders, Thomas had the chance to not only build “small and then medium-

sized robots,” but he was also able to build relationships with students his own age. “It was also the first time that he interacted with a group of students in a personal way,” said Moira. “He often feels like school focuses a lot on sports, but he was not interested because he can’t play. Robotics was far more inclusive.” She said teachers were supportive of Thomas, too. “He was very fortunate to have had Ms. Kelly Griffin and Mr. Michael Gaumont as teachers,” she said. “They made strong efforts to understand and work with him. They want him to have a productive future.” Describing autism as challenging in that it is a disability that is “hidden,” Moira said such acceptance by people — adult or child — is not always a given.

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t at a time “People can’t just look at him and see that he has something different about him,” she said. “When they interact with him and he doesn’t respond as they expect, they can get angry or irritated. He can also become tired and anxious when interacting with people. His mind works differently and not everyone responds well to that.” She said his participation in robotics has been very important, because it has been one of the first times in which he voluntarily has interacted with other students. “They all liked robotics and would talk about different ideas,” she said. Not all robotics programs have exactly worked for her son, either, as Moira noted that some grade kids on presentations. Thomas does not recognize group dynamics well and it is difficult for him to interact with the group. “He does not like to make eye contact with people,” she said. “I don’t think [some programs] ever considered that it could be an issue for a participant.” At Founders, however, inclusion has been a driving concept behind the robotics program. “The robotics team wanted to build a more inclusive environment and allow him to try different areas of robotics,” she said. “They also wanted to let other kids know that it’s okay to let someone with a disability participate.” Thomas wants others to know that people like him can participate, too. “I would like people to treat me like a regular person,” he said. “I can do

A positive outlook makes the difference When Thomas was in seventh-grade at Founders Academy, he successfully applied for a $500 grant from the New Hampshire Developmental Disabilities Council. He was looking for their help funding a robotics kit so he could participate on the robotics team. On his grant application he was asked to explain how his request would help promote greater understanding or help expand opportunities for children with disabilities. He said, in part, “I want them to see that just because you have autism doesn’t mean you can’t do stuff or are SPED [special education] only. I want other people to be able to do it too….I am really good at science and math and can do 99% but it takes me longer than anyone else. But I can do it.”

things. Temple Grandin’s family always told her, ‘Different, not less.’ I wish more people treated me like that.” Acknowledging that building robots is not easy, Thomas said his team supports him. “We are trying to show I can participate even if I have autism,” he said. He said his mom has played a critical role, too.

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I would like people to treat me like a regular person … I can do things. Temple Grandin’s family always told her, ‘Different, not less.’ I wish more people treated me like that.

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— Thomas Ryan-Hicks

“She drives me to all the meetings and stays there to help me focus,” he added. “She helps me find videos to help me learn how to build robots … My mom scribes for me, too.” Describing her role as a support for Thomas as “24 hours a day, 7 days a

week, 365 days a year,” Moira said she works hard to try and provide him with tools to help him succeed in life. “My son is incredibly creative and smart,” she said. “He’s also horribly socially awkward and, at times, inappropriate. We talk about expected and unexpected behavior all the time.” For Thomas, robotics itself is exciting because it is “a field for creativity.” “I can build anything I want,” he said. “It helps me meet and talk to people with similar interests. It is something where leaders are not necessary and everyone gets heard.” For Moira, though, the takeaway is not that robotics is a solution that could work for all, or at least many, kids with autism. Rather, it is that kids with autism are all different. “Just because you know someone who knows someone who has autism does not mean that you are going to understand my kid,” she said. “Many people think if I just insert an item here — change his diet or less screen time — it will make him normal. I don’t think that’s reality.” To a real and practical extent, he is who he is as a person, and she said there is tremendous value in accepting that. “He feels he is good just as he is,” she said. As for his future, Thomas speaks for himself. “I really want to go to MIT,” he said. “I have had a lot of places tell me I can’t go there because I have autism, but I really hope MIT is different because I really want to be an engineer.”

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Meet the 2018 Emplo y Leadership Award By Rob Levey

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or those who experience disabilities, securing meaningful employment is sometimes very challenging, which underscores the importance of the Employment Leadership Awards (ELAs).

Created 10 years ago by the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities and NH Vocational Rehabilitation, the ELAs recognize businesses and industries throughout New Hampshire that lead the way in providing integrated work opportunities for such persons. For Isadora Rodriguez-Legendre, executive director of the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities, the significance of the award — as well as the need it addresses — cannot be overstated. “This award is about celebrating those businesses and industries that have embraced diversity and incorporated inclusive practices in the hiring of their labor force,” she said. “It is a way to identify champions in providing meaningful integrated employment opportunities to NH citizens with disabilities.” She said the hope behind the award is to further incentivize continued improvement of practices around this effort. By recognizing businesses and industries with an award, she said awareness is raised about “this underutilized workforce.” “It encourages other businesses to follow in their footsteps,” she said. “It also helps identify these innovative businesses as a resource for other companies that may be interested in incorporating more inclusive hiring practices. They can serve as role models and mentors to businesses that may have questions about how to get started.” A business that has received an ELA means it is making a substantive effort toward creating a culture more inclusive of people with disabilities, according to Rodriguez-Legendre. “It means that the overall attitude and practices of the work-site and employees are accepting and supportive of integrated employment environments that recognize the strength in diversity,” she said. “These businesses have learned that employing individuals of different abilities provides added value to their teams’ cohesion and productivity.” Nominations can come from a variety of sources, but she said they are mainly received from employment services providers who have successfully placed individuals with disabilities in opportunities. “Business can self-nominate and would also be able to nominate other businesses,” she said. The process required to evaluate businesses is rigorous, according to Rodriguez-Legendre, who said the ELA committee is made up of representatives from various agencies working with individuals with disabilities. She

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described individuals on the committee as experts at identifying employment opportunities that match the interests and abilities of people with disabilities. Noting the committee considers a large number of nominees for an ELA award, she said they collectively vet businesses and industries that not only provide opportunities for meaningful employment, but provide ongoing supports. “The committee members assign a team, usually of two members of the committee, to go out to the particular employer and conduct an on-site interview and evaluation of the business,” she said. Information gathered is then shared with the full committee. She said there are three categories into which a business is placed: 1. Still needs to do some work 2. Doing a good job, but nothing extraordinary 3. The company is going above and beyond in incorporating inclusive practice, including creating a welcoming culture for individuals of all abilities and backgrounds. She said the majority of businesses that fall into this last category are those that employ more than one individual with a disability and have employed people with disabilities at their company for some time. “They have also incorporated the necessary supports for them to be successful at work,” she said. “People working there have all of the same opportunities for training, pay increases, advancement opportunities, and social connections at work.” Committee members then vote on the best candidates and select the top five as the winners of the ELAs. In commenting on the importance of ELAs to the mission of the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities, RodriguezLegendre said it could not be emphasized enough. “Supporting businesses that are creating opportunities for people with disabilities to have integrated and competitive employment prospects is an important part of our mission,” she said. “We are fortunate to have many outstanding employers in our state who are leading the way in hiring, promoting, and fully integrating people with disabilities in their workforce.” The ELA’s also help to highlight October as National Disability Employment Awareness month. “It is the perfect opportunity to recognize the work that this year’s Employment Leadership Awards recipients are doing in promoting inclusive practices,” she said. Congratulations to this year’s honorees, Worthen Industries, Comfort Inn, Dunkin Donuts (Lafayette Road, Portsmouth), Home Depot (Merrimack) and Omni Mount Washington. The 10th annual Employment Leadership Awards were scheduled to be given out in October 2018.


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Recognizing businesses that lead the way to provide opportunities for persons with disabilities

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Home Depot The Merrimack Home Depot Store Manager Renee Hough and Hiring Manager Jill Connolly hired two young men with varying disabilities and capabilities. The two men interviewed independently with Home Depot management and were hired initially in a seasonal capacity to assist in maintaining the garden center. After the season was over both were asked to stay on board. Since the beginning they have been invited to staff appreciation breakfasts, holiday activities, day-to-day staff wellness activities, and recognized by staff for a job well done.

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Omni Mount Washington The management of Omni Mount Washington provides an equal opportunity for all individuals, with and without disabilities. They pride themselves in ensuring all applicants are treated with the same level of respect and expectations. When an applicant pursues a position within the resort, the hiring department allows the individual to express his or her work interests and they capitalize on what makes each person successful. Omni Mount Washington has employed over 15 individuals with disabilities and that number continues to grow.

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Worthen Industries David Worthen, president and CEO of Worthen Industries, invited the PLUS Company Leadership Team to present to all Worthen staff on how to work with people with disabilities and train their staff to act as Natural Supports. Approximately 40 employees from the production floor and various departments attended the training. In April 2017, Worthen began phasing PLUS clients into various departments. Worthen offered an exceptional learning environment for these individuals, pairing each client up with a natural support and proactively offering to make universal design changes and reasonable accommodations. This gave PLUS the ability to manage performance and give as much time as needed for clients to learn tasks.

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Dunkin Donuts The Dunkin Donuts on Lafayette Road in Portsmouth has adopted a policy of inclusion that encourages employees with disabilities to apply, compete, and secure gainful employment within their company. Store manager Mike Todd said hiring people with disabilities strengthens the backbone of the company. He has made accommodations for his staff with disabilities such as modified schedules or having job coaches on site. Todd said having a diverse workforce has made customers want to come to his restaurant; it brings happiness to the staff and its guests. Comfort Inn The Comfort Inn was recommended due to their ability to hire people with disabilities. General Manager Joyce McCabe has worked to help hire people who are deaf and from the New American community. She has hired four people successfully, one of whom is blind and deaf. The first person she hired has been promoted to full-time work, and is now a U.S. citizen, partly due to retaining her job. This year, they hired another person who is deaf and a refugee with no written language skills and extremely limited ASL skills. Courtesy photos

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About Us Community Support Network, Inc. (CSNI) is a not for profit organization that works in support of the ten Area Agencies throughout the State of New Hampshire that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. CSNI provides administrative and financial services to the Area Agencies, establishes policy positions on legislative or regulatory issues, and manages grant programs benefiting our constituents in the community of individuals with developmental disabilities. CSNI serves as the communication and contact center on issues and services for those seeking information on developmental disability issues.

Our Mission CSNI and its member agencies will continually strive: • To promote public policy, at all levels, which enhances the lives of people with disabilities and their families. • To educate ourselves, the people we serve, and the general public, about issues important to people with disabilities and their families. • To facilitate the exchange of information among member agencies in order to share best practices and promote state of the art supports to people with disabilities and their families.

New New Hampshire’s Hampshire’s Area Area Agencies Agencies

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MONADNOCK REGION MONADNOCK REGION Monadnock Developmental Services Monadnock Developmental 121 Railroad Street Services

SEACOAST REGION SEACOAST REGION One Sky Community Services 755 Banfield Road, Suite 3 Community Developmental Portsmouth, ServicesNH 03801

NASHUA REGION NASHUA REGION Gateways Community Area Agency of Greater Services Nashua 144 Canal Street

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MANCHESTER AREA MANCHESTER AREA Moore Center Services The Moore Center

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Autism

Q+A

Compiled by Rob Levey

We interviewed three mothers who have children with autism about the challenges they’ve faced, where to go for information and advice for other parents. (Editor’s note:

Responses were lightly edited for grammar and length.) Jennifer Pineo’s children share a tender moment. Photo by Nicole Curran Photography

Question: Based on your experiences, what do you think are the first steps parents should take after their child is diagnosed? Pineo: I remember with both of my children having an equal sense of fear and relief. I was relieved that we had some answers and directions we could go in. I was afraid because it was a lot to take in and figure out. Families are often given an overflow of information at diagnosis and it can be hard to weed through. Figure out your system of support first. Who are the people you need around you

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— family, friends, and professionals — to navigate the system? Every child and family has unique needs and it is important to keep that in mind as you are working through the recommendations and information you are given. We focused on ensuring my kids were happy and being kids, so do what is best for your family and your children. Aiken: I would encourage any parent to reach out to their pediatrician, NH Family Voices, their local area agency and the school system. These are the pillars of support for health, school, services and support. Noordergraaf: It would depend on how old the child was when they are diagnosed. In my son’s case, he was diagnosed in the late 1990s, and there was not a lot of information around at the time. I went to conferences, work-

shops, and purchased all sorts of books to read about autism and interventions. In addition to getting as much knowledge and information for yourself about autism as you can, if a child is diagnosed when they are under 3, the first thing I would advise would be to get involved with Family-Centered Early Supports and Services at the Department of Health and Human Services website at www.dhhs.nh.gov. If the child was in the preschool age range or school age, I would contact my school district to let them know that I had a child with a disability and make a referral to the school district for my child. Be sure to provide copies of all the assessments and documents regarding the diagnosis, so that the needs and services could be discussed and considered for the development of an Individual Education Plan.


Meet the moms

Jennifer Pineo is a parent to two children with autism, Logan, 13 and MJ, 9. She is a project coordinator at New Hampshire Family Voices, which provides free, confidential services to families and professionals caring for children with chronic conditions and/or disabilities. (www.nhfv.org)

Q: What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a parent of a child with autism? Pineo: Figuring out the coordination of care for our family. I have two children and navigating through the system as a family can be overwhelming to get everything done and to keep your head above water. There is often a lot of trial and error in figuring out with will work best for Logan and MJ. We often have to try different interventions or activities a few times to see if they will work. It may not work the first time but it may work on the second or third try. This can be hard because

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Lori Noordergraaf has a 21-year-old son with autism. She is an education consultant at the New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education

Sarah Aiken has a son with autism. She is director of policy and planning at Community Bridges. Community Bridges advances the integration, growth and interdependence of people with disabilities in their home communities. (www. communitybridgesnh.org)

you feel like you are trying to run through a brick wall. Just keep trying and eventually you will break through. Aiken: The constant struggle to get help. The school system can be tricky to navigate, the “new language” of acronyms is a confusing alphabet soup, and figuring out who does what and how to make sure they actually do it. Also for me, it was hard to determine what “normal” was. Is this a behavior because he is in the terrible two’s, or is this a manifestation of his disability? Trusting my gut became very important. Noordergraaf: The biggest challenge I’ve faced as a parent of an autistic child is when he was younger and unable to consistently communicate

with words, he would very often have a “melt-down” in a public situation. Even to this day, he sometimes struggles with finding words to communicate something — especially when he is feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or under pressure to perform/speak — so he tends to talk aloud in phrases that he may repeat several times. In recent memory, our family had bought tickets to the Boston Pops Christmas concert, as music is something my son enjoys. Unfortunately, my son also enjoys singing along. Apparently, the “typical” crowd at a Boston Pops concert does not appreciate audience participation, as several folks nearby stared us down until we felt the need to request to move our seats away from the crowd. This not only

ruined the evening for my son, but also has discouraged him from wanting to attend any type of theater or musical event again. Educating the public who are staring and making character judgments about you as a parent in a moment when you are trying to work with your child on providing new experiences, or work on what is happening and why it’s happening, is a next to impossible task.

Q: In what ways has parenting your child surprised and/or rewarded you? Pineo: How much can be communicated without saying one word. Logan has

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Resources for parents of children with autism • NH Parent Information Center: www.picnh.org who have autism or another disability. I found them through being involved in issues related to autism, the system, and through trainings or workshops. I rely on them for anything and everything.

• NH Family Voices: www.picnh.org • Disability Rights Center: www.drcnh.org • NH Department of Education: www.education. nh.gov/instruction/special_ed/index.htm • Wrights Law: www.wrightslaw.com and www. wrightslaw.com/bks/feta2/feta2.htm

mastered the art of silent sarcasm. He has a great sense of humor that he can often get across with a giggle or look. It is fun to see the differences in both of my children. Although they both have an autism diagnosis, they are both very different children with different needs. Aiken: There is nothing in the world I would rather do than be a parent to my son. I cannot imagine him not being exactly who he is today, who he will be tomorrow. That is not to sugarcoat the trickiness of having a child with a disability, but I have seen a whole new world through his lenses and I am so grateful for it. Specific to me, I love the people that I have met through this community. Some of the women I am closest to in the world are fellow moms. I can’t imagine my life another way. Noordergraaf: As a now almost 21-year-old man, my son continues to remind me that learning doesn’t stop. He continues to learn new skills and grow. He teaches me patience and understanding as well as the importance of advocacy and explicit teaching methods. His sense of humor and ability to show

empathy reminds me every day that everyone has strengths and gifts to offer. No one should be confined and defined by a label or diagnosis.

Q: How can a parent best advocate for their child with autism? Pineo: Be persistent and keep an open mind. Continue to learn and grow as a parent and person. There are a lot of trainings and conferences that are offered for families that support families in advocating, such as the Parent Information Center Volunteer Advocate training. Attending the trainings and conferences also helps you to connect with other families, professionals and resources. Aiken: Be organized and persistent. They don’t call us ‘warrior moms’ for nothing. Learn the systems, understand the laws and rules. Advocate whenever you can. But remember that sometimes the best advocacy is teaching your child to advocate on his/ her own.

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Noordergraaf: Become familiar with the special education laws for the state in which you live, as well as federal regulations, and use the laws and rules that are in place to support your child (see information box for resources).

Noordergraaf: I have a small support system that consists mainly of family members. At different times in my son’s education, there were teachers and special educators who were part of the support system. Now that he is older, finding a solid support system that is not family is more difficult.

Q: Do you have a support system? Where can parents seek out support for themselves and/or families?

Q: If you could give parents who have child with autism just one piece of advice, what would it be?

Pineo: I have a tribe of friends that get what it is like to parent a child with a disability. We support each other, vent, and we laugh and have fun. If you are able, find people that can support you as a friend and be there to listen. We have also been lucky enough to have great family nurse practitioners that have worked with us. They have been great at helping us address medical/behavioral issues as they arise and are great at looking them through the lens of what will work for our family.

Pineo: Keep your sense of humor. Take time for yourself – and when you do, do not feel guilty about taking that time because it will help you to stay focused. Trust your gut and intuition.

Aiken: My best friends are fellow moms of children

Aiken: It is important to remember that your child is no different now that they have a diagnosis than they were an hour before that diagnosis. A label doesn’t define you or your child. Noordergraaf: Always have high expectations. Never give up!


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eople throughout New Hampshire have successfully navigated the maze of health care, education and human service systems to obtain needed supports and achieve a high quality of life for themselves or a loved one living with a disability. It can be done! If you are a parent, one of the best sources of information and support, in addition to your family, friends, health care providers and other professionals, is other parents who share their experiences and wisdom. We are very fortunate that in New Hampshire there is a strong tradition of parents supporting parents. Many of the agencies that support children with disabilities are operated by parents or have parents on staff. These professionals, who have personally experienced the challenges of supporting a child with a disability, bring an exceptional degree of care and commitment to their work. The resource guide on the pages that follow is designed to provide a starting point and map to help people who are experiencing a disability or caring for a child or adult with a disability find the services and supports they need. Many organizations exist solely to provide information to people and families about how to access needed supports or to assist those who are having difficulty finding services, are having problems with their services or would like information about their legal rights. These informational resources are listed at the beginning of the guide. One of the best resources for someone beginning the journey is a comprehensive guide of services and supports for children and adults, titled “Maneuvering the Maze,” produced by NH Family Voices and available online free of charge. Family Voices is a “Family To Family Health and Education Center” assisting families of children, youth and young adults with chronic health, physical, developmental and mental health challenges, through one-to-one phone assistance, educational materials, online resources, a lending library and quarterly newsletter. Of the 10 staff members, eight are parents of children and young adults with disabilities or chronic health conditions, and two have disabilities. According to co-director Martha-Jean Madison, families find it valuable to brainstorm with the staff about possible solutions to the challenges they are experiencing. “Sometimes support is just listening. We listen and want to support a parent wherever they are at.” Besides supporting parents themselves, they also provide training to parents who want to support other parents.

Another important resource for parents is the Parent Information Center on Special Education (PIC). PIC provides telephone or email support to families with questions about early supports and services, special education, and other disability-related concerns, workshops, advocacy training and informational materials. ServiceLink Aging and Disability Resource Centers are located throughout the state and serve people of all ages, income levels and abilities. ServiceLink provides local community-based supported information and supported referral services, options counseling, assistance with understanding and accessing Medicare and Medicaid and a comprehensive online resource directory for individuals seeking information about long-term services and supports. To better support those in need of services, the NH Department of Health and Human Services recently launched an initiative known as NHCarePath. NHCarePath represents the state’s vision of improved access to services through statewide collaborations and cross training for organizations that provide services, to ensure those seeking help receive consistent information and are provided with resources and information for all their needs. The NHCarePath website, nhcarepath.org, provides helpful information for those seeking resources and support, as well as provides tools and resources for professionals, including training and informational materials. The Disability Rights Center provides legal information, advice and in some cases legal representation, to children and adults with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related issues. Many other information resources are listed on the pages that follow. The needs of people of all ages and abilities change over time. What worked for a child in elementary school may not be effective when they are in high school or when they are adults. For parents, it is important to maintain a close relationship with your child’s primary care physician and school staff, and be involved as much as possible with agencies and service providers. Share with them your child’s gifts, challenges and aspirations. At times it may take patience, perseverance and diplomacy to get the services needed for you and your family. New Hampshire is a leader in community-based services for people with disabilities. You or your loved one can lead a full and productive life given the right support services and opportunities. You do not have to make this journey alone.

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RESOURCE GUIDE

The New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities has compiled this listing to help people with disabilities and their families find the information, services, and supports they need. A complete version of the resource guide is available at nhddresources.wordpress.com or may be obtained by calling 271-7038.

CONTENTS I. Information and Referral Services, Guidebooks and Online Resources II. Information and Resources on Specific Disabilities or Topics • Advocacy and Self-Advocacy • Assistive Technology • Autism • Blind Resources • Brain Injury • Bullying • Children with Disabilities or Significant Medical Needs • Deaf and Hard of Hearing • Dental Services • Developmental Disabilities and Acquired Brain Disorders • Employment • GED/Adult Education • Government Benefits and Agencies • Housing • Independent Living — Adults with Physical Disabilities • Legal Assistance • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention • Research and Training • Transition • Transportation

Information and Referral Services, Guidebooks and Online Resources Maneuvering Through the Maze

http://www.nhfv.org/Publications.html

A comprehensive resource guide of state health and human services agencies, educational resources, private associations and organizations that serve people in New

Hampshire with physical, developmental, mental health and chronic illnesses and their families, from birth to adulthood. Produced by NH Family Voices. NH Family Voices

(603) 271-4525, (800) 852-3345 ext. 4525 (in NH only) http://www.nhfv.org

A “Family to Family Health and Education Center” assisting families of children and young adults with chronic health, physical, developmental and mental health challenges. Provides one-to-one phone assistance, educational materials, online resources, a lending library and quarterly newsletter. Funded by state and federal grants, as well as donations from community partners and supporters. Parent Information Center on Special Education (PIC)

54 Old Suncook Road, Concord (603) 224-7005, (800) 947-7005 http://nhspecialed.org

Telephone/email support to families with questions about early supports and services, special education, and other disability -related concerns, interactive workshops for parents, volunteer advocate training and informational materials (online and printed). Funded in part or whole by the U.S. Department of Education. Disability Rights Center – NH (DRC)

(603) 228-0432, (800) 834-1721 (v/tty) http://www.drcnh.org

Information, referral, advice, and legal representation and advocacy to individuals with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related issues. Online resources and materials available on many disabilityrelated topics. Federaly funded Protection and Advocacy Center.

ServiceLink Aging & Disability Resource Centers

(866) 634-9412 http://www.nh.gov/servicelink

From local offices throughout the state, helps individuals access long-term services, supports and resources, access family caregiver information, explore options and understand and access Medicare and Medicaid. After-hours appointments are available as needed. Callers are automatically connected to the ServiceLink office in their area. Funded by the State of New Hampshire and federal government. Online ServiceLink Community Services and Supports Resource Directory: http://www.referweb.net/nhsl/ Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire

http://www.bianh.org/resourcedir.html

List of resources compiled by the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire.

Governor’s Commission on Disability

121 South Fruit Street, Suite 101, Concord (800) 852-3405, (603) 271-2773 http://www.nh.gov/disability

Provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessibility issues, including accessible parking spaces, housing, voting and transportation. Online list of state and federal government benefit programs for people with disabilities. http://www.nh.gov/disability/information/community/benefitsforpeople.htm NH Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)

121 South Fruit Street, Concord (800) 852-3405, (603) 271-0476 http://www.silcnh.org/

on an independent living philosophy. A federally funded, independent, crossdisability council. NH Family Ties (Formerly Parent to Parent of NH)

Ashlee Fye, Statewide Coordinator (800) 499-4153 ext. 241 http://www.nhfamilyties.org

Provides parent matches between experienced parents, who have “been there,” with new or referred parents of children with special needs just beginning to meet the challenges of a disability or chronic health condition. Available through the area agency network as part of their family support services. NH Family Ties provides information and referral to community resources, services, support groups, state support programs, and others. 2-1-1 New Hampshire

http://www.211nh.org

Information and referral for general human services including help with food, emergency housing, employment, health care and counseling is available by dialing 211 in NH or (866) 444-4211 from out of state. Operated by United Ways of New Hampshire. NHCarePath

(866) 634-9412 http://www.nhcarepath.org/

Designed as New Hampshire’s “front door” to quickly connect individuals of all ages, abilities and income levels to a full range of community services and supports, including housing, transportation, financial assistance, Medicaid, veterans’ services, mental health, drug and alcohol services. Operated by the NH Department of Health and Human Services. Disability.gov

https://www.disability.gov/

A federal inter-agency web portal providing access to comprehensive information about disability-related programs and services. The site contains thousands of trusted resources, updated daily, from the federal government, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and state and local governments. NH DHHS Division of Family Assistance

Provides a monthly resource newsletter, archives of past issues and online “tip sheets” on benefits, housing and health care, based

129 Pleasant St., Concord (800) 852-3345 ext. 9700, (603) 271-9700

DRC-NH is dedicated to eliminating barriers for people with disabilities across the state. Celebrating 40 years of service to people with disabilities. Call us to schedule a free consultation on a disability discrimination issue with an experienced attorney.

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Resource Guide Information and Resources on Specific Disabilities or Topics Advocacy and Self-Advocacy ABLE NH

(603) 271-7042 http://www.ablenh.org

ABLE (Advocates Building Lasting Equality) advocates for the human and civil rights of all children and adults with disabilities and promotes full participation by improving systems of supports, connecting families, inspiring communities and influencing public policy. New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities

2 ½ Beacon Street, Suite 10, Concord (603) 271-3236 http://www.nhcdd.org

Federally funded agency that supports public policies and initiatives to remove barriers and promote opportunities in all areas of life. Its mission includes “dignity, full rights of citizenship, equal opportunities, and full participation for all New Hampshire citizens with developmental disabilities.” Members are appointed by the Governor and represent people with developmental disabilities, parents, guardians and agencies that serve people with disabilities. New Hampshire Leadership Series

(603) 228-2084, (800) 238-2048 http://nhleadership.org

Intensive 7-session leadership training provides parents and people with disabilities with information and strategies to effectively impact local and state organizations regarding issues related to individuals with disabilities and their families.

People First of New Hampshire

NH Council on Developmental Disabilities 2 ½ Beacon Street, Suite 10, Concord (603) 271-3236 http://www.peoplefirstofnh.org

Statewide self-advocacy organization and umbrella for 17 self-advocacy groups for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Provides resources, training and support. Call for the chapter in your area or how to start one. Assistive Technology

     

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Autism Resource Center

Crotched Mountain ATECH Services 57 Regional Drive, Concord (603) 226-2900, ext. 29, (800) 932-5837 autismresources@crotchedmountain.org http://www.crotchedmountain.org/ Programs-and-Services/ABA-Treatmentfor-Young-Children-with-Autism/AutismResource-Center/

Provides services at no cost, functioning as a single point of contact for support, information and services for autism-related disorders. Helps families navigate the developmental service system, explore treatment options, identify funding options and advocate for their child. Department of Applied Psychology Antioch University New England

40 Avon Street, Keene (800) 552-8380 admissions@antiochne.edu http://www.antiochne.edu

Offers practice-oriented, values-based graduate study. Master degrees in education, environmental studies, management, and psychology; doctoral degrees in environmental studies and psychology. Also offering an Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate program — a program for teachers, counselors, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, advocates, occupational therapists and others. Asperger’s Association of New England

(617) 393-3824, (866) 597-AANE

The Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE)’s mission is to foster awareness, respect, acceptance, and support for individuals with AS and related conditions and their families. Blind Services Future In Sight

25 Walker St., Concord (603) 224-4039, (800) 464-3075 http://www.futureinsight.org

A nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of those who are blind or visually impaired and their families. Provides a range of services in education, rehabilitation, and social services for infants and toddlers, children (3-21), adults and seniors.

Crotched Mountain ATECH Services

57 Regional Drive, Suite #7, Concord (800) 932-5837, (603) 226-2900 atech@crotchedmountain.org https://crotchedmountain.org/programsand-services/assistive-technology/

Formerly NH-ATEC, this highly specialized clinical program provides evaluation and consultation services in the area of assistive technology. Services include augmentative and alternative communications (AAC), seating and wheeled mobility, access and independent living and computer access. Autism

autism spectrum disorders. Also offers best practices guidelines.

NH Virtual Autism Center

Maintained by NH Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders 2 ½ Beacon Street, Suite 10, Concord info@nhcouncilonasd.org http://www.nhvirtualautismcenter.info

Provides a single point of entry to a comprehensive body of information about NH services for those who experience

NH Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

21 South Fruit Street, Suite 20, Concord (603) 271-3537, (603) 271-3471 (v/tty), (800) 581-6881 http://www.education.nh.gov/career/ vocational/blind_visu.htm

Provides those services necessary to help people with visual loss to enter, re-enter, or maintain employment. Most services are provided without charge to the referred individual. Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Program is supported by state and federal tax dollars. Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association of NH

52 Pleasant St., Concord (800) 773-8400, (603) 225-8400 (NH only Information & Resources) (800) 444-6443 (National toll-free Brain Injury Resource Line) http://www.bianh.org


Literacy Learning Solutions, LLC Helps people with brain injury-related disabilities live in their own homes and communities. Chartered state affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA; http://www.biausa.org). Comprehensive online resource directory at http://www. bianh.org/resourcedir.html Bullying Come Together NH

http://www.cometogethernh.org

A collaboration of the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities, Bully Free NH and other community members committed to building respectful, inclusive communities in New Hampshire. Bringing awareness, intervention, and prevention of peer abuse/ bullying to NH schools and communities.

most significant medical and behavioral challenges requiring long-term supports and services, who live at home with their families, are Medicaid eligible, and meet the ICF/ MR level of care and other qualifications of the program. The goal of the IHS waiver is to provide services which are necessary to allow the individual to remain at home with his/her care-giving family. Services are provided through the Developmental Disabilities Area Agencies.

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Special Medical Services

http://www.stopbullying.gov

NH Department of Health and Human Services 129 Pleasant St., Concord (800) 852-3345 ext 4488, (603) 271-4488 http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bds/sms/ specialcare.htm

Disability Rights Center – NH

http://www.drcnh.org/bullying.html

A federal website that provides information from various government agencies about what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how to prevent and respond to bullying. Children with Disabilities or Significant Medical Needs YOUR Pediatrician

Provides the gateway to proper assessment, diagnosis, and initial treatment, services, and supports. Your Local School District

If you have a child with a disability who is eligible for special education services, your child may receive services from ages 3-21. Contact your school district before your child turns three — the age at which the school district becomes responsible for your child’s education. NH Medicaid for Children

Coverage for children up to age 19 and “Katie Beckett” option 129 Pleasant Street, Concord (877) 464-2447 Children’s Medicaid Unit http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dfa/medical/ children.htm

Provides comprehensive health and dental insurance to NH children ages 0-19 for families without access to insurance or for whom it is unaffordable (formerly NH Healthy Kids). Also, Home Care for Children with Severe Disabilities (HCCSD), commonly known as the “Katie Beckett” option, is available for severely disabled children up to age 19, whose medical disability is so severe that they qualify for institutional care but are being cared for at home. Only the income and resources of the disabled child are counted towards eligibility for this program. In-Home Support (IHS) Waiver for Children with Severe Disabilities

NH DHHS Bureau of Developmental Services 105 Pleasant St., Concord (800) 852-3345, ext. 5034

Provides assistance for children with the

603-892-0336 154 Broad St. Suite 1524 Nashua, NH

NH Bureau of Developmental Services 105 Pleasant Street Concord (603) 271-5034, (800) 852-3345, ext. 5034 http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dcbcs/bds/ earlysupport/index.htm

Information about the legal rights of students with disabilities experiencing bullying in school.

Bullying and Cyber Bulling Resources http://education.nh.gov/instruction/ integrated/title_iv_cyber_bully.htm

www.literacylearningsolutions.com

Family Centered Early Supports and Services (FCESS)

A program designed for children birth through age two who have a diagnosed, established condition with a high probability of delay, are experiencing developmental delays, or are at risk for substantial developmental delays if supports and services are not provided. FCESS are delivered in the family’s home by designated non-profit and specialized service agencies located throughout the state.

NH Department of Education

Full Service academic testing and tutoring clinic for students of all ages.

The NH Title V Program for Children with Special Health Care Needs. Administers health programs and services for children ages birth to 21 years, who have, or are at risk for a chronic medical condition, disability or special health care need. Works together with families and their health care providers, community agencies and schools to obtain access to needed health care and related services. Provides care coordination services; support for child development and neuromotor clinics; nutritional and feeding/swallowing consultation; psychological and physical therapy services. NH Partners in Health

129 Pleasant St., Concord (800) 656-3333, (800) 735-2964 (TDD) http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bds/ sms/pih/

Helps families of children with a chronic health condition that significantly impacts daily life. Partners in Health’s role is to advocate, access resources, navigate systems and build capacity to manage the chronic health condition of their child. Locations throughout the state. No income requirements. NH Partners in Health Regional Sites and Towns Served: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/ dcbcs/bds/sms/pih/documents/towns.pdf

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56 Old Suncook Rd., Suite 6 Concord (603) 224-1850, (603) 224-0691 (TTY) Video Phone (VP): 968-5889 http://www.ndhhs.org

New Hampshire’s “one-stop” resource for services specific to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community and for information about hearing loss.

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Resource Guide Call for a FREE phone consult with a Certified Speech Language Pathologist today! • Treating children and adults of all ages • Most insurances accepted

Dental Services

nhworks

Donated Dental Services

(603) 271-7275 http://nhworks.org

Dental Lifeline Network (800) 292-1531 http://dentallifeline.org/new-hampshire/

A statewide program that provides comprehensive treatment by volunteer dentists to elderly, disabled and medically challenged individuals. Easter Seals Oral Health Center, Manchester

80 Nashua Rd., Building B • Londonderry, NH • 603-548-2188

www.premierspeechtherapy.com

(603) 621-3482 http://www.easterseals.com/nh/ourprograms/oral-health-center/

Staff evaluates, monitors, and responds to patients with a wide range of disabilities and special medical needs. Medicaid accepted. Developmental Disabilities and Acquired Brain Disorders NH DHHS Bureau of Developmental Services

105 Pleasant St., Concord (800) 852-3345 ext. 5034 http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bds/ index.htm

Services offered include:

The PLUS Company’s mission is to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize their independence. Our goal is to provide a supportive, innovative, and • Employment Services, creative environment that assists individuals including skills training and with disabilities to develop useful skills, on-the-job support increase self-reliance, and become vital, • Residential Services productive members of their communities. • Adult Education and What makes us unique is that our services Socialization Classes allow individuals to explore Home and Life skills, along with Educational/Social and The PLUS Company Work Skills all in ONE agency. Programs are 19 Chestnut St. created with the vision that all people with Nashua, NH disabilities have the confidence, dignity, and 603.889.0652 skills needed to lead quality lives. www.pluscompany.org • Individualized Home and Community Supports

The NH developmental services system offers individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders a wide range of supports and services within their own communities through 10 designated non-profit area agencies that serve specific geographic regions. Supports include: • Service coordination • Day and vocational services • Personal care services • Community support services • Early Supports and Services and Early Intervention • Assistive technology services • Specialty services and family supports (including respite services and environmental modifications) • In-Home Support (IHS) Waiver for Children with Severe Disabilities For area agencies and communities served: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bds/ agencies.htm Employment Work Incentive Resource Center

http://nhwirc.org

New Hampshire’s online destination for information about benefits, planning and work incentives for individuals with disabilities. New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation Guide

http://www.education.nh.gov/career/ vocational/cust_guide.htm

A description of the vocational rehabilitation process and overview of the NHVR process, from application to post-employment services. Vocational Rehabilitation

NH Department of Education Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation 21 South Fruit St., Suite #20, Concord (800) 299-1647 http://www.education.nh.gov/career/ vocational/

Helps people with disabilities of all ages get jobs. Regional Offices: Berlin ........................................ (603) 752-2271 Concord .................................. (603) 271-2327 Keene ...................................... (603) 357-0266 Manchester ............................ (603) 669-8733 Nashua .................................... (603) 889-6844 Portsmouth .............................. (603) 436-8884

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Information center for job seekers and employers. Lists current job openings, NH economic and labor market information, education and training programs, employment laws, small business resources, and local Works Centers locations. Work Centers provide technical assistance to prepare resumes and cover letters, job search workshops, employment counseling, aptitude and skills testing, and career exploration tools. Sponsored by the NH Workforce Opportunity Council. GED/Adult Education NH Bureau of Adult Education

GED & Adult Education Information 21 South Fruit St., Suite 20, Concord (603) 271-6698 http://www.nhadulted.org

Supports educational services to adults who have not received a high school diploma or GED certificate or who do not read, write, or speak English. Grants to school districts and not-for-profit organizations make it possible for local adult education programs to serve adult learners whose skills range from very basic to high school level. Partnership in Employment: Supporting Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in their Communities

http://www.aucd.org/docs/resources/ pie_adults_Nov2014_families.pdf

A project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services. Overview of day and employment services for people with developmental disabilities and guidance for those assisting them to become employed and part of the community. Government Benefits/Agencies Apply Online for Benefits with NH EASY

https://nheasy.nh.gov

New Hampshire’s Electronic Application System (NH EASY) offers NH residents a fast and easy way to apply online for cash, medical, child care, Medicare savings program and food stamp benefits. NH Department of Health and Human Services

129 Pleasant St., Concord (800) 852-3345 http://www.dhhs.nh.gov

Provides services for individuals, children, families and seniors, and administers programs and services for mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse and public health. The DHHS website contains a description of programs and services administered by the department and information about how to apply. DHHS District Offices

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/contactus/ districtoffices.htm

Local offices to apply for Medicaid, financial assistance, food stamps and other benefits. Social Security

70 Commercial St., Suite 100, Concord (800) 772-1213, (800) 325-0778 (TTY) (603) 228-5206 (FAX) http://www.ssa.gov

Applicants for SSDI and SSI can file for benefits online at SSA.gov website, by phone or by visiting a local Social Security Office.


Special Education

NH Department of Education Bureau of Special Education 101 Pleasant St., Concord (603) 271-6693 http://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/ special_ed/index.htm

Online reports, data and regulations relative to special education. NH Circuit Court — Probate Division

1 Granite Place, Suite N400, Concord (855) 212-1234 probateservice@courts.state.nh.us http://www.courts.state.nh.us/probate/ index.htm

The Circuit Court Probate Division has jurisdiction over all matters related to wills, trusts and estates, guardianships and involuntary commitment proceedings, adoptions, name changes and partition of real estate. Probate judges preside over these cases from courthouses located in each of the 10 counties in NH. Housing NH Housing Finance Authority

32 Constitution Dr., Bedford (800) 640-7239, (603) 472-8623 (603) 472-2089 (TDD) http://www.nhhfa.org

A self-supporting public benefit corporation. The Authority administers a broad range of programs designed to assist low- and moderate-income people and families to obtain decent, safe and affordable housing. Home ownership programs, multi-family housing programs and rental assistance programs. Local Public Housing Authorities

http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/pha/ contacts/states/nh.cfm

New Hampshire Community Loan Fund

7 Wall St., Concord (603) 224-6699 http://www.communityloanfund.org

Collaborates with a wide range of donors and lenders, and with business, nonprofit and government partners. Provides financing and support to people with low and moderate incomes for affordable housing. US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

New Hampshire Programs and Services (603) 666-7510 http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src= /states/new_hampshire

Assistance with home ownership, subsidized apartments, public housing, foreclosure assistance, homeless resources and discrimination. Counseling and other services available. State of NH Foreclosure Prevention Initiative

For immediate assistance dial 211 (in NH) www.homehelpnh.org

Website with important tips on alternatives to foreclosure as well as other valuable resources. There is also a list of qualified housing counselors who can offer specific suggestions. Independent Living — Adults with Physical Disabilities

21 Chenell Dr., Concord (800) 826-3700, (603) 228-9680 http://www.gsil.org

http://www.bianh.org/pdf/Housing.pdf

Disability.gov’s Guide to Housing

Guide to New Hampshire Legal Services Programs

Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire Housing Assistance Guide

Lists housing assistance resources compiled by the Brain Injury Association. https://www.disability.gov/resource/ disability-govs-guide-housing

Information about government agencies and organizations that help individuals and families find affordable places to live. Additional information about rental assistance programs, assisted living facilities and modifying a home to make it accessible. Granite State Independent Living’s Home Access Modification

http://www.gsil.org/community-baseddisability-supports/home-accessmodification

Trained staff assess accessibility needs and provide referrals to licensed vendors throughout NH. May also assist in establishing a plan and identifying funding sources for accessibility projects. USDA Rural Development in Vermont/New Hampshire

(802) 828-6080 http://www.rd.usda.gov/nh

Works to improve the quality of life in rural areas. Provides technical assistance to communities, and funding and resources for home purchase, apartment rental and repairs.

Offering unique, individualized, integrated opportunities for children, adolescents and adults. info@isnnh.com (603) 644-3544 x 110 Serving the greater areas of: Claremont Concord Manchester Nashua Salem

Granite State Independent Living

New Hampshire’s only Independent Living Center. Provides information, specialized services, and peer support for people with disabilities following the principles of personal choice and direction. Provides home care services, personal care, communitybased disability supports and employment services including benefit counseling.

Provides housing for low-income people and families in local communities.

Celebrating Over 28 Years of Service to New Hampshire Communities

Legal Assistance

http://www.courts.state.nh.us/selfhelp/ documents/legal_services_brochure.pdf

Produced by the NH Judicial Branch NH Legal Aid

(800) 639-5290 http://www.nhlegalaid.org/

A cooperative effort of the legal services agencies serving New Hampshire’s lowincome population to provide legal information, referrals, and pro se assistance. Online application for legal assistance. Website provides links and contact information to a number of non-profit agencies that provide a range of services across the state. Includes online self-help guides. NH Judicial Branch Self-Help Center

http://www.courts.state.nh.us/selfhelp/ index.htm

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

Basic, practical information about the New Hampshire court system, how it works, and what the procedures are for bringing a case to court. Disability Rights Center — NH (DRC)

See above.

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Resource Guide NH Bar Association Pro Bono Referral Program

(800) 639-5290, (603) 224-3333

Connects low-income individuals with volunteer attorneys who provide free legal services in family law, bankruptcy, consumer, housing and senior citizen matters. New Hampshire Legal Assistance

(800) 562-3174 http://www.nhla.org

Provides free legal advice and representation to low–income people and older adults in civil matters involving basic needs, including food, shelter, income, medical care and public benefits. Local Offices: Berlin ........................................ (800) 698-8969 Claremont .............................. (800) 562-3994 Concord .................................. (800) 921-1115 Manchester ............................ (800) 562-3174 Portsmouth .............................. (800) 334-3135 Foreclosure Relief Project... (877) 399-9995 Senior Citizens Law Project .(888) 353-9944 ..............................................or (603) 624-6000

NAMI NH

and General Resources

85 North State St., Concord (800) 242-6264, (603) 225-5359 http://www.naminh.org

(603) 225-5359, (800) 242-6264 (These are NOT crisis response numbers) www.theconnectproject.org

A statewide network of affiliate chapter support groups, staff and volunteers that provide information, education and support to all families and communities affected by mental illness. Community Mental Health Centers

NH DHHS Bureau of Behavioral Health (800) 852-3345, ext. 5000, (603) 271-5000 http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bbh/ centers.htm

Regional agencies provide publicly funded mental health services to individuals and families who meet certain criteria for services. Services include 24-hour emergency services, assessment and evaluation, individual and group therapy, case management, rehabilitation, psychiatric services and specialized programs for older adults, children, and families as well as short-term counseling and support.

The “Law Line” — NH Bar Association

Mental Health Peer Support

(800) 868-1212

NH DHHS Bureau of Behavioral Health (800) 852-3345 ext.5000, (603) 271-5000 http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bbh/ peer.htm

Talk to a lawyer free of charge on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 6 - 8 p.m. University of New Hampshire School of Law Civil Practice Clinic

(603) 225-3350

Assists low-income clients with a variety of issues from consumer protection, collection and foreclosure defense, (including Chapter 13 bankruptcy), predatory lending and auto fraud. Will take cases from Merrimack, Belknap, Sullivan and Hillsborough counties. Mental Health and Suicide Prevention SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator and Treatment Referral Helpline

(800) 662-HELP (4357) (800) 487-4889 (TDD) http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

Use the Locator to find alcohol and drug abuse treatment or mental health treatment facilities and programs around the country. Or call the SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline. Free, confidential information in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Research and Training UNH Institute on Disability

(603) 228-2084 (TTY) (800) 238-2048 (TTY) http://iod.unh.edu

Provides a university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of people living with disabilities and their families. Offers seminars and workshops, webinars, interdisciplinary evaluation and consultation, leadership training, and customized, on-site support in schools.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-TALK (8255) www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org New Hampshire Suicide Prevention

Providing quality programs to enhance the lives of adults and adolescents with autism and their families in our community. communit

nhspecialed.org/life-after-high-school/

Strategies, tools and resources for families of youth with disabilities to assist in creating successful transition plans. Next Steps NH: Options for Life After High School

http://nextsteps-nh.org/

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National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center’s Age Appropriate transition assessments toolkit

http://www.transitionta.org/ toolkit-resources

Disability.gov’s Guide to Student Transition Planning

https://www.dol.gov/odep/ pdf/2013ODEPHealthyReport.pdf

Link to Healthy Transitions: A pathway to employment for youth with chronic health conditions and other disabilities. Transportation NHCarePath’s transportation webpage

http://www.nhcarepath.org/transportation NH Department of Transportation — Public Transportation Information

(603) 271-3734 http://www.nh.gov/dot/org/ aerorailtransit/railandtransit/transit.htm

Information about public transportation in New Hampshire, including links to regional transit providers. National Rehabilitation Information Center — Guide to Finding Transportation Services

http://www.naric.com/?q=en/FAQ/ where-can-i-find-transportation-services

Information about finding transportation services.

95 Brewery Lane Portsmouth, NH 03801 603-501-0686

Child and Family Services of NH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 CommuniK-9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Crotched Mountain Foundation. . . . . . . 6, 8, 27, Back Cover

Designed to help with the selection of assessments for students in regards to transition planning.

https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ disability.htm

Cedarcrest Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,

Transition

Disaster Distress Helpline

Disability.gov’s Emergency Preparedness Resources

Carriage Barn Equestrian Center, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

NH Parent Information Center’s Life After High School Toolkit

Transition and career development resources for special educators, students, parents and others interested in increasing transition and career development opportunities for youth with and without disabilities.

Website and helpline for those affected by a disaster and in need of immediate assistance, information, support, and counseling. Callers are connected to the nearest crisis center.

Birchtree Center, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Community Support Network Inc (CSNI) . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17

Local Peer Support Agencies provide services to adults with mental illness who self-identify as a recipient, former recipient, or at significant risk of becoming a recipient of publicly funded mental health services. Provided by and for people with a mental illness. Includes face-to-face and telephone peer support, outreach, monthly educational events, activities that promote self-advocacy, wellness training, after-hours warm line and crisis respite. (800) 985-5990, (800) 846-8517 (TTY) http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/

ADVERTISER INDEX

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Disability Rights Center. . . . . . . . . . . 25 Easter Seals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Gateways Community Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10, 21 Granite State Independent Living . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Greengard Center for Autism. . . . . . 30 Independent Services Network. . . . . 29 Institute of Professional Practice, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Lakes Region Community Services Council. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Literacy Learning Solutions. . . . . . . . 27 Living Innovations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Manchester Community Music School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Monadnock Developmental Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Monarch School of New England. . . 10 Moore Center, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 NH Council on Developmental Disabilities. . . . . . . . . . . 2, 6, 21, 24, 29 NH Family Voices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Northern Human Services. . . . . . . . . 24 One Sky Community Services. . . . . . 26 PathWays of the River Valley. . . . . . 22 Plus Co. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Premier Speech Therapy. . . . . . . . . . 28 Richie McFarland Children’s Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Seacoast Mental Health Center, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Spaulding Youth Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Swim Angelfish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Touchstone Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28


Live Life Independently

Creating personalized solutions to help you reach your personal and professional goals. Granite State Independent Living (GSIL) is a statewide nonprofit organization that assists seniors and people with disabilities through:

Education & Employment Services Community-Based Disability Supports Home Care Services

www.gsil.org

603-228-9680 | info@gsil.org New Hampshire’s Only Center for Independent Living Visit a GSIL office near you... Berlin • Concord • Dover • Keene • Littleton • Manchester • Nashua


“My child has been diagnosed with autism. What do I do now?”

This is a big deal. But you’re not alone. At Crotched Mountain’s Ready Set Connect we blend clinical rigor with pure, unadulterated fun, all with the specific needs of your child at the core of our work. Using evidence-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), our Board Certified Behavior Analysts and ABA Therapists develop custom goals, designed to put your child on a path to a successful future in school and beyond!

Because we are center-based, our children come together in a school-like atmosphere, complete with circle times, jungle gyms, art projects and toys as far as the eye can see. We offer regular parent workshops to help the learning continue into the home.

Autism will be a new adventure, but Ready Set Connect and the Crotched Mountain family are excited to share the journey with you.

Learn more at cmf.org/autism or call 603.547.1430 Clinics are located in Greenfield, Manchester, and Concord, NH

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