5 Year Strategic Plan (FY 2024-2029)

DRC-NH 5 Year Strategic Plan
October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2029

Mission: Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire protects, advances, and strengthens the legal rights and advocacy interests of all people with disabilities.

Vision: We envision an inclusive, accessible, and just society:

  • Where all are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Where people with disabilities live the lives that they choose, lives that are free from abuse, neglect, and discrimination.
  • Where people with disabilities have equal opportunity to participate fully in their community and enjoy their lives.

Theme: Our words and actions center disability justice in all our work. This includes intersectionality, leadership of those most impacted, and cross disability advocacy.*

Goal 1: Our work leads to individual and systemic change.

  • Objective 1: We provide legal counsel and representation for disabled individuals including class action litigation.
    • Meet at least once per year to identify areas of greatest need for systemic change through litigation. Develop a plan to address these issues.
    • Develop and host 1-2 Legal clinics on disability-specific issues.
  • Objective 2: We bring change through public policy advocacy.
    • Educate people with disabilities to be more knowledgeable about public policy.
    • Expand relationships with disabled people to solicit input as we develop public policy priorities and activities.
  • Objective 3: We have a strong presence in facilities, institutions, programs, and schools across the state.
    • Monitor conditions in at least 5 new facilities each year for a total of at least 20 facilities each year.
    • Educate the public about the scope and importance of our investigation and monitoring work and conditions in facilities, institutions, programs, and schools serving New Hampshire residents via the DRC-NH website and other platforms.
    • Develop a database, resources, policies, procedures, and invest in staff development to support and expand DRC-NH’s monitoring and investigative work.

Goal 2: We are a strong and resilient organization.

  • Objective 1: We are fully staffed with highly qualified and dedicated individuals with diverse backgrounds and abilities.
    • Expand celebrations of successes and team building for staff.
    • Expand staff development opportunities, particularly opportunities targeted at specific staff needs.
    • Increase recruitment of people with disabilities and people from underserved communities when hiring for new positions.
    • Ensure DRC-NH offers competitive salaries and benefits. Explore other creative ways to support staff.
  • Objective 2: Our funding is sustainable and from a variety of sources.
    • Develop a process to assess grant opportunities for benefits and drawbacks of each and to identify longer-term projects where additional funding would be beneficial.
    • Pursue opportunities to purchase a space to decrease long-term occupancy costs.
    • Pursue fundraising partnerships.
  • Objective 3: Our Board and PAIMI Advisory Council are committed to supporting our work.
    • Increase diversity of Board and PAIMI Advisory Council.
    • Conduct targeted membership outreach to meet specific identified needs.

Goal 3: We are well known across the state and nationally.

  • Objective 1: We are a leader in accessible communications, outreach, and advocacy.
    • Assess the accessibility of DRC-NH’s website and social media platforms. Utilize new and creative strategies to increase the accessibility of these platforms and other communications to the public.
    • Educate organizations across the state about how to make their work more accessible.
  • Objective 2: We utilize creative ways to reach and teach people collectively.
    • Lead efforts to end the use of ableist language across NH, including the “Stopping Special” campaign.
    • Build stronger connections with traditional and non-traditional media across the state.
    • Develop and utilize innovative tools to support disabled people to advocate for themselves.
  • Objective 3: We engage with underserved and unserved communities.
    • Gather and utilize data to identify progress and opportunities for strategic outreach.
    • Build stronger partnerships with community groups serving underserved communities across NH, including BIPOC and LGBTIA+ communities.

Goal 4: We build and maintain effective partnerships.

  • Objective 1: We invite and solicit partnerships with people with disabilities to lead projects and initiatives.
    • Develop and implement at least one co-led project.
    • Equip staff with the training and messages they need to advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities when help is requested or when disabled people are absent from conversations.
  • Objective 2: We create opportunities to listen to and learn from and support others.
    • Utilize innovative ways to solicit input on our work and priorities.
    • Ensure the voices of underserved and unserved communities are heard in the priority setting process.
    • Support other organizations, particularly grassroots organizations in their advocacy.

Download a PDF of the DRC-NH 5 Year Strategic Plan
October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2029


Excerpted from 10 Principles of Disability Justice as articulated by Patty Berne and Sins Invalid, https://www.sinsinvalid.org/blog/10-principles-of-disability-justice



Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers for people with disabilities across New Hampshire. DRC is the federally designated protection and advocacy agency for New Hampshire and has authority under federal law to conduct investigations in cases of probable abuse or neglect.

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