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.
Board of Directors
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.
PAIMI Advisory Council
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.
Federal Programs & Funding
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.
Goals & Priorities
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.
Celebrating 45 Years of Advocacy
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.
If You Need Help
Contact us if your rights have been violated or if you would like to schedule an education or information session about your rights.
A Long Fought For Homecoming
After over twenty years living in an institution, we helped Toni access the supports she needed to live at home in her community.
Regaining Access to His 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.
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.
Breaking Free of School-based Restraint Chair
Due to our advocacy, the school district stopped using the restraint chair in the classroom entirely. Sarah’s son is now much happier at school.
Accessing Educational Opportunities in High School
We clarified for the school that the education guidelines allow for modifications to enable students with disabilities to participate in vocational programs.