The Rap Sheet

We Must Do Better

By Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Stephanie Patrick, and Isadora Rodriguez-Legendre Every few months, staff from the Disability Rights Center-NH, UNH Institute on Disability, and NH Council on Developmental Disabilities gather together to plan the focus area for each issue. We consider the most pressing issues and look at where there are opportunities to help our readers understand these...

What is Supported Decision-Making?

By Mike Skibbie, DRC-NH Policy Director *On-line version of this article has been updated to reflect recent developments On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, Governor Sununu signed SB 134, which establishes Supported Decision-Making (SDM) as a statutorily-recognized alternative to guardianship for adults with disabilities and their families. Unlike...

Choosing the Best Path to Decision Making

By Lynne Clay, Esq.If parents are considering guardianship when their child turns 18, they may also want to consider other less restrictive alternatives. Guardianship, which requires a determination by the court, removes the ability of a person with a disability to make certain decisions and gives that authority to another person or entity called the guardian. The guardian can make legally binding decisions on behalf of the person with a disability in order...

System-Based Opportunities for Improving Transition Services

By Joanne Malloy, Ph.D. The following changes in special education policy and practice are recommended to help improve transition services for New Hampshire’s special education students. High schools should incorporate transition-focused supports using the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework and Universal...