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Covid-19 and People with Disabilities

Disability Rights Center-NH is committed to addressing the legal needs of people with disabilities across New Hampshire during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Even in a crisis, people with disabilities have the right to live, work, learn, and access their community without discrimination.


Yes, we are open!

DRC-NH continues to provide legal services to people with disabilities across the state during the COVID-19 outbreak. Since our offices are closed to the public, please call or email us if you need assistance. Get more information at drcnh.org/covid-19.

Call us at 603-228-0432 (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 8:30 – 4:00, Wednesdays 8:30-12:30) or email us anytime at mail@drcnh.org to schedule an appointment to speak to an attorney.


We Need Your Input

This year, we provided legal advice or representation to almost 600 people with disabilities across the state in areas like special education, accessibility, employment discrimination, home and community-based services and Medicaid, but we cannot help everyone who asks for our help.

With input from you and other people with disabilities, family members and advocates, we’ll select the issues and areas that are most critical to include in our 2020-2021 priorities.

Fill Out The 2020-2021 Priorities Survey Here


Do You Live, Work, or Have a Loved One in a Facility?

We need to hear from you about how institutions throughout the state are managing the impact of COVID-19.

  • Are staff being careful to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer?  Are they practicing social distancing (6 feet away) when possible?
  • Are they wearing protective gear when caring for someone who is ill?
  • Are there are staffing shortages at the facility?
  • Do you have access to medications, food, and other necessary items?
  • Do you have ways to communicate with friends, family and others, even if in-person visiting is limited?
  • Are you being abused or neglected, including extreme isolation, lack of human contact, and/or over–medicated?

Report An Issue Here


Special Education and COVID-19

Children with disabilities are among the most vulnerable students in the COVID-19 public health crisis. Students with disabilities across the state have missed significant instructional time as well as related services such as counseling, speech language, occupational, and other therapies. Many schools are closing earlier than scheduled. Access to extended school year services (ESY) remains uncertain for some students and some schools have not begun discussing compensatory educational services.

Learn about your rights: https://drcnh.org/issue-areas/childrens-issues/education/special-education/


Spring 2020 Disability RAPP: The Intersection of Disability and Sexuality

 

Welcome to the newly renamed and redesigned Disability RAPP. The themes explored in each issue, like this issues’ focus on the intersection of disability and sexuality, inform us and empower us to break barriers and challenge traditional ideas of what it means to live with a disability. We updated the Disability RAPP design to be more accessible in both its print and digital formats.

Certain content contains sensitive material which may not be appropriate for all readers.


Voting Rights and the 2020 Elections

The 2020 presidential primary season is in full swing here in New Hampshire and we are talking with the candidates about disability, inclusion, and accessibility. Check out our Disability Unscripted video series as well as candidate responses to the 2020 Presidential Primary Candidate Survey on Disability.

2020 Presidential Primary Candidate Survey on Disability

Disability Unscripted: 2020 Candidates on Inclusion & Accessibility


How Can We Help?

Are you or a loved one newly diagnosed with a disability? Are you being discriminated against because of your disability and don't know where to turn?

Call Us. We Can Help.

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Fighting Against Housing Discrimination

We stepped in when a landlord refused to rent to Kathleen because she has a disability and might require accommodations in the future. Kathleen and her son were able to happily settle in to their new place. 
Read More: Fighting Against Housing Discrimination

“Knowing I could reach out and speak to a knowledgeable professional literally gave me the strength to get through this latest challenge.”

-Previous DRC-NH Client


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We are actively working to ensure that our website is accessible to all. We invite you to contact us to report a problem with the website or to suggest ways that we can increase its accessibility.

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