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)?
- Giving Care: A Strategic Plan to Expand and Support New Hampshire’s Health Care Workforce (NH Endowment for Health March 2022)
- NH Health Care Workforce Coalition Letters to Governor, DHHS Commissioner and NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs (November 16, 2022 and March 23, 2022)
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?
- For an overview of how a student’s right to special education services is impacted when a parent places the student into a private school or chooses to homeschool see: drcnh.org/special-ed/special-education-and-the-law-a-brief-overview
- For general information about special education see: drcnh.org/issue-areas/childrens-issues/education/special-education
- For additional information and specific legal citations, see the Parent Information Center’s Guide to NH Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities
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?
- For a recent issue of the Disability RAPP devoted to Disability & Housing see: drcnh.org/edition/spring-2022-disability-and-housing
- For general information about housing: drcnh.org/issue-areas/housing
- For information on NHLA’s Fair Housing Project: fairhousing-nh.org
Although we would like to engage with every candidate, as of September 1st, 2022, we are focusing our efforts on candidates for Governor who were polling at or over 10% in the Granite State poll conducted by the UNH Survey Center, “Sununu Holds Commanding Lead Over Rivals in GOP Primary for NH Governor 9/1/2022” (2022).