Community Events Schedule

Here you will find a number of community events. The Council is not directly involved in these events, but they are important and relevant to our mission of bettering the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.

The Arc: FINDS Survey

Do you provide primary (paid OR unpaid) and frequent support to a family member or friend with an intellectual or developmental disability? The Arc of the United States invites you to participate in the 2017 FINDS survey.

This is an opportunity to provide input at the National level.

(Note: this survey is not intended for DSPs)
Take the survey


Disability Matters with Joyce Bender: Mat McCollough

Internet Radio Show

Disability Matters with Joyce Bender focuses on the employment and empowerment of people with disabilities. It is one of the first international talk radio shows with real-time captioning. On February 21st, Bender spoke with Mat McCollough, the Executive Director of the DC Developmental Disabilities Council.

View the list of questions that Bender asked McCollough during the radio show.

Listen to the recording here:

Or find it archived on the Bender Consulting Services website:


Upcoming Events

iCreATe for Paralysis Project

August-December 2017

7 Workshops across NH


ATinNH will be hosting FREE Assistive Technology Makers Workshops across the state of New Hampshire. These hands-on workshops will empower participants with the knowledge, skills, tools and materials to create assistive technology solutions in minutes. Over the course of the day-long workshop, participants will fabricate a variety of solutions to support individuals who experience paralysis.

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Direct Support Professionals Conference

Friday, November 3&4 from 9:00 AM Friday-Saturday 1 PM

Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH



New Hampshire’s 11th Annual Transition Summit

Tuesday, November 14 from 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM

Memorial Union Building, UNH, Durham, NH

The New Hampshire Transition Community of Practice announces its 11th Annual Transition Summit, the only statewide conference for training, collaboration, networking, and information focused on post-secondary outcomes for students.

Summit presentations will be focused on the following topics: Using Strength-Based Approaches, Skill Development Activities & Programs, Collaboration, Transition for Specific Populations, and Transition-Related Initiatives.

Who Should Attend

Educators, staff members of social service agencies, staff members of state agencies, health and mental health care providers, employers, students, parents, and anyone else interested in supporting youth in transition are encouraged to attend.

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Navigating Choice & Change
Frameworks for Implementing Person-Centered Planning

Tuesday, November 28

Traditional planning processes for adults with disabilities often focus on medical and financial needs, without addressing personal goals and preferences. Person-centered planning is a unique approach to planning for those who need services and supports that focuses on individualized choices and goals, and is based on a process of planning that promotes trust, cooperation, and creativity. Person-centered approaches have been shown to enhance community living options and increase quality of life.

This workshop offers an introduction to person-centered planning for adults. Participants will hear an overview of what we mean by a person-centered system of care, and learn about the Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance™ Model as a framework for the planning process. Presenters will share strategies for effective facilitation of person-centered planning meetings, as well as a variety of tools to assist in the process. Participants will explore some of these facilitative tools during hands-on group activities to gain an in-depth understanding of their purpose and utilization. Participants will leave this workshop with strategies and tools to begin implementing person-centered planning in their practices.

Who Should Attend:

Case managers, social workers, counselors, educators, social service agency staff, nurses, long-term care specialists, clinicians, family members, and others involved in planning with older adults and adults with disabilities.

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