Gubernatorial Candidates Town Hall on Disability & Chronic Conditions – Elections 2022

Statements made by the candidates during the Town Hall are not endorsed by, and do not reflect the views or opinions of, DRC-NH.  We encourage you to do your own research into the issues important to you. More information about some of the issues raised can be found below.

Question One: People with disabilities want to live fully inclusive lives in their communities.  In order to avoid placement in a nursing home or an institutional setting, in or out of state, people with disabilities need access to home and community based support services.  What is your plan to increase the work force serving the home and community-based system for people with disabilities (i.e. para-professionals, personal care attendants, direct support professionals, nurses)?

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Question Two: Through Education Freedom Accounts, millions of dollars are moving from local public schools into private schools which are not legally bound to follow IDEA [Individuals with Disabilities Education Act] and some are also permitted to deny enrollment to students with disabilities. This type of financial loss places pressure on local school districts who must deliver special education services.  How will you ensure that special education students will receive an equitable and inclusive education in the age of EFA’s diminishing public school budgets?

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Question Three:  In light of the shortage of affordable housing in the state of New Hampshire, especially accessible housing, what in your role as governor will you do to ensure that people with disabilities have access to affordable community-based accessible housing so that people with disabilities are able to live meaningful lives in their communities?  What is the role of state government in this effort?

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