Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire protects, advances, and strengthens the legal rights and advocacy interests of all people with disabilities.
Protection and Advocacy
We are New Hampshire’s designated Protection and Advocacy agency. We are authorized by federal statute “to pursue legal, administrative and other appropriate remedies” on behalf of individuals with disabilities. We are a statewide organization independent from state government or service providers.
We provide information, referral, advice, legal representation, and advocacy to individuals with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related problems including special education, accessibility, employment discrimination, home and community-based services and Medicaid. We also work on systemic issues via litigation, investigations, monitoring and other policy change efforts, which are all focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities across New Hampshire. Our authority includes access to facilities to conduct monitoring activities, including site visits and speaking with residents of the facility.
We benefit from the generous service of our Board of Directors. We are committed to a Board that is representative of the diverse communities we serve, reflecting the socioeconomic, ethnic, geographic and disability diversity of New Hampshire.
The PAIMI Advisory Council advises DRC-NH on policies and priorities relating to individuals with mental illness. Members help educate the public about the DRC-NH’s purpose, priorities, and activities. Council members have a commitment to improving mental health services, are self or family advocates, or are professionals or members of the public who have knowledge and interest in mental health issues.
Our staff is dedicated to eliminating barriers existing in New Hampshire to the full and equal enjoyment of civil and other legal rights by people with disabilities.
A variety of federal grants and other financial support enables us to provide legal advice or representation to hundreds of people with disabilities across the state in areas like special education, accessibility, employment discrimination, home and community-based services, and Medicaid.
We work on systemic issues via litigation, investigations, monitoring and other policy change efforts, which are all focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities across New Hampshire. Our annual priorities document details how we allocate our limited resources to address the most critical issues facing people with disabilities across the state.
For over 40 years, we have worked to eliminate the barriers faced by people with disabilities to live their best and most integrated lives possible. This timeline highlights some of the major laws, cases, and events that have shaped and continue to inspire our work.
Dylan reached out to us for assistance and together we were able to work with his employer to make sure that his job requirements were essential to the function of his job. As he reflected upon his successful completion of the job, Dylan said, “I showed them I could do this work”.
We worked with Wendy to successfully request both a structural modification to her windows and an accommodation to the building policy so she could use a window unit once her windows were changed. Now Wendy can breathe better and feels more secure in her apartment.
After over twenty years living in an institution, we helped Toni access the supports she needed to live at home in her community.
We were able to get the railroad company to fix its tracks so that James can once again safely and independently go to and from town.
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.