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  • Assistive Technology

    Produced in New Hampshire

    ATinNH YouTube Channel
    Many, many short how-to videos on a multitude of subjects. Learn how to create an iPad stand or easy tips for simple wheelchair maintenance.

    AT Connects - Sharing Information on Assistive Technology
    An information site for assistive technology in your state.  Locate AT programs around the country, find people who use the same equipment as you do.   

    Crotched Mountain ATECH Services
    Specialized clinical program providing evaluation and consultation services in the area of assistive technology.

    General AT Product Information

    AbleData - “Your Source for Assistive Technology Information” 
    AbleData maintains a comprehensive, annotated AT library of over 36,000 product listings in 20 categories with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The site also features a good listing of resources and links to national and international sites on the web. 

    CATEA - “National Public Website on Assistive Technology”
    A good resource with over 22,000 products in its library. The site provides access to information on AT devices and services as well as other community resources for people with disabilities and the general public.

    AT in Employment

    JAN - Job Accomodation Network 
    The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. JAN is supported by the US Department of Labor.

    Accessible Transportation

    Easter Seals Project Action 
    The primary web resource for information on accessible mobility and offers links to other specialized topics such as the use of wheelchairs in community transportation. Project Action is supported by the Federal Transit Administration.

    Research and Training

    Transportation Research
    Transit Cooperative Research Program 
    A federally funded program under the auspices of the national Transit Research Board. Offers a clearinghouse of its research reports. This research dissemination site is sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration. 

    Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC)
    RERCs are funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). These centers are often collaborations of multiple organizations, predominantly housed at universities throughout the country. 

    The AAC-RERC is a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center that functions as a collaborative research group dedicated to the development of effective AAC technology. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) refers to ways (other than speech) that are used to send a message from one person to another. 

    Wireless RERC
    The Wireless RERC's mission is to promote equitable access to and use of wireless technologies by people with disabilities and encourage the adoption of Universal Design in future generations of wireless devices and applications. 

    RERC-ACT - Advancement of Cognitive Technologies
    The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT) is the nation’s first Center to conduct research and development on assistive technologies for people with cognitive disabilities. 

    RERC on Hearing Enhancement
    Housed at Gallaudet University, this RERC conducts research, development, and training programs that promote technological solutions to problems confronting people with hearing loss. 

    RERC on Telerehabilitation
    This RERC focuses on applying informatics technology to develop an accessible, scalable, cost-effective open, extensible and secure infrastructure to connect service providers, rehabilitation applications and consumers.

    Mobility RERC
    Wheeled Mobility is the research focus of this center. Mobility RERC promotes new ways of conceptualizing and understanding wheeled mobility – from the design of assistive devices that enable individuals to perform activities, to the design of a broad range of interventions that enable as many individuals as possible to actively engage and participate in the everyday community life. 

    RERC on Wheelchair Transportation Safety
    The mission of the RERC WTS is to make measurable improvements in transportation safety, usability, and independence for people who remain seated in their wheelchairs when traveling in public, school, and private motor vehicles. 

    MARS-RERC Machines Assisting Recovery from Stroke
    The broad intent of MARS-RERC is to develop robotic devices or machines that assist the therapist in providing treatments that are rationally based, intensive and long in duration.

    OPTT-RERC Technologies for Successful Aging with Disability
    The overarching objective of this RERC is to optimize participation through technology (OPTT). 

    WORK-RERC Workplace Accommodations
    This RERC on Workplace Accommodations identifies, develops and promotes new assistive and universally designed technologies that maximize independence and participation of people with disabilities in the workplace. A primary focus of the Workplace RERC is the use of universal design concepts -- the design of products and environments to be usable by all workers, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. 

    RERC on Eye Research
    The Smith-Kettlewell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center develops new technology and methods for understanding, assessment and rehabilitation of blindness and visual impairment. The target population consists of persons who are blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind. 

  • Community Living

    New Hampshire DHHS Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services: Provides a variety of social and long-term supports to adults age 60 and older and to adults between the ages of 18 and 60 who have a chronic illness or disability.  These services range from home care, meals on wheels, care management, transportation assistance and assisted living to nursing home care.  Legal support services, advocacy for disabled adults, information and assistance regarding Medicare, and information about volunteer opportunities are also important support services provided in the community by BEAS.  All services and supports are intended to assist people to live as independently as possible in safety and with dignity.

    NH Partners in Health: Helps families of children with a chronic health condition that significantly impacts daily life. Partners in Health's role is to advocate, access resources, navigate systems and build capacity to manage the chronic health condition of their child. Locations throughout the state. No income requirements.

    Brain Injury Association of NH: Helping people with brain injury-related disability live in their own home and community.

    New Hampshire Association for the Blind: Offers support and help to any New Hampshire citizen of any age who is experiencing vision loss to the point where the person’s ability to function in daily living has been impaired.

    NH Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired: Provides those services necessary to help people with visual loss to enter, re-enter, or maintain employment. 

    Northeast Deaf and hard of Hearing Services, Inc.: A resource for services specific to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community and for information about hearing loss.

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: CMS's mission is to ensure effective, up-to-date health care coverage and to promote quality care for beneficiaries.

    CMS New Freedom Initiative: The New Freedom Initiative (NFI) was announced by President Bush on February 1, 2001, followed up by the Executive Order 13217 on June 18, 2001. The initiative is a nationwide effort to remove barriers to community living for people of all ages with disabilities and long-term illnesses. It represents and important step in working to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to learn and develop skills, engage in productive work, choose where to live and participate in community life. is an award-winning federal Web site that contains disability-related resources on programs, services, laws and regulations to help people with disabilities lead full, independent lives. With just a few clicks, visitors can find critical information on a variety of topics, including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, housing, health, technology and transportation.

    Vocational Rehabilitation: Helps people with disabilities of all ages get jobs.

    AARP: Founded in 1958, AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.

    Seniors Count: Seniors Count is a convener of partnerships that are a catalyst for community-based outreach and action to redefine and ensure independence for older people, and in doing so, create a better life for all.

    ServiceLink Resource Centers: A statewide network of community-based connections for elders, adults with disabilities and their families.

    Center on Aging and Community Living (CACL) is a trusted university-based resource for applied research, evaluation and technical assistance, which will improve knowledge, policies and practices that guide New Hampshire citizens and policy makers in preparing for the aging of the population.

    ATECH Services: ATECH Services is a non-profit statewide organization, whose mission is to maximize abilities at home, school, work or play, for individuals affected by disabilities or the aging process, through the provision of assistive technology, education, or community health services. Since 1991 ATECH Services has assisted over 20,000 New Hampshire residents affected by disabilities or the aging process in achieving their goals at home, school, work, or play through the provision of assistive technology.

    Granite State Independent Living: Founded in 1980, GSIL is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote life with independence for people with disabilities and those experiencing the natural process of aging through advocacy, information, education and support.

    Northeast Passage: Northeast Passage, founded in 1990, is a nationally recognized leader in the provision of innovative therapeutic recreation services. Northeast Passage delivers disability-related health promotion and adapted sports programs throughout New England.

    Independent Living Institute is a policy development center specializing in consumer-driven policies for disabled peoples' self-determination, self-respect and dignity. Services include a virtual library and interactive services for persons with extensive disabilities, as well as designing and implementing direct payment schemes for personal assistance services, mainstream taxi and assistive technology.

    Independent Living Research Utilization at TIRR: The ILRU program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living.

    Look Back, Plan Forward was created to support individuals with disabilities and people who are aging; along with their family caregivers and service providers, by offering a resource to capture their personal stories. The tool is designed to help you capture your life stories in a way that helps others to better understand your history, values, preferences and support needs.

  • New Hampshire

    New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services: DHHS's mission is to join communities and families in providing opportunities for citizens to achieve health and independence.

    New Hampshire DHHS Bureau of Developmental Services: Works with NH's developmental services system to ensure public resources are used effectively to support individuals and families in their community.

    New Hampshire DHHS Bureau of Behavioral Health: Works to ensure the provision of efficient and effective services to those citizens who are most severely and persistently disabled by mental, emotional, and behavioral dysfunction as defined by NH laws and rules

    New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities: A federally funded agency that supports public policies and initiatives that remove barriers and promote opportunities in all areas of life.

    Community Support Network, Inc: (CSNI) is a not for profit organization that works in support of the 10 Area Agencies throughout the state of New Hampshire that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury and their families.

    The New Hampshire Challenge: The New Hampshire Challenge, Inc. is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization serving the state of New Hampshire.  Our mission is to “provide information to and advocate for families with persons who have disabilities.”  The goal of the organization is to “create a vision for change so families will see themselves as integral parts of the community at large.”

    Model Community: Littleton, NH: A Model Community is inclusive of all it’s citizens, regardless of age or ability,  provides choice and control for its citizens who, because of disability, health issues or aging, need long-term supports in order to stay in their community, and encourages its citizens to fully engage with their community through business, civic, volunteer, and social opportunities.

    Government Benefits for People with Disabilities: Links and contact information for government benefit programs that support people with disabilities.

    Allies in Self Advocacy: Allies in Self Advocacy is a network of advocacy groups and statewide organizations brought together to strengthen and enhance self advocacy efforts in New Hampshire.

    People First of New Hampshire: Statewide umbrella of 17 self-advocacy groups for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities around the state providing resources, training, and support.  Call for the chapter in your area or on how to start one.

    Maneuvering Through the Maze.  A comprehensive resource guide of state health and human services agencies, educational resources, private associations and organizations that serve people in New Hampshire with physical, developmental, mental health and chronic illnesses and their families, from birth to adulthood.

    NH Medicaid for Children: Provides comprehensive health and dental insurance to NH children ages 0-19 if their families do not have access to insurance or it is unaffordable.

    NAMI NH: a statewide network of affiliate chapters support groups, staff and volunteers that provide information, education and support to all families and communities affected by mental illness.

    NH Family Voices.  A "Family To Family Health and Education Center" assisting families of children/youth and young adults with chronic  health, physical, developmental and mental health challenges.  Provides one to one phone assistance, educational materials, online resources, a lending library and quarterly newsletter.  (603) 271-4525 or NH only (800) 852-3345 x. 4525.

    Parent Information Center on Special Education (PIC)  Telephone/email support to families with questions about early supports and services, special education, and other disability related concerns, interactive workshops for parents, volunteer advocate training and informational materials (online and printed).  151-A Manchester St., PO Box 2405, Concord, NH 03302.  603-224-7005 or (800) 947-7005. Funded in part or whole by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Disabilities Rights Center (DRC) Information, referral, advice, and legal representation and advocacy to individuals with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related problems. Online resources and materials available on a wide range of disability-related topics. 18 Low Avenue, Concord. (603) 228-0432  or (800) 834-1721 (v/tty). Federally-funded Protection and Advocacy Center.

    ServiceLink Aging & Disability Resource Centers  Community-based supported information and referral services for older adults and people with disabilities that support people to make informed choices and live independently in their community. Information provided about Medicare and Medicaid. Offices are located throughout the state. Callers are automatically connected to the ServiceLink office in their area. Funded by the State of New Hampshire and federal government.  Call 1-866-634-9412.  

    ServiceLink Community Resource Directory. Search for services for older adults and people with disabilities online by type of service and community through the ServiceLink Community Resource Directory.

    Family Centered Early Supports and Services: Program for delivering supports and services in family homes for children from birth through age two who have a diagnosed, established condition that has a high probability of resulting in delay, are experiencing developmental delays, or are at risk for substantial developmental delays if supports and services are not provided. 

    Family Resource Connection of the New Hampshire State Library Collects and makes available to New Hampshire residents current and useful information on all aspects of caring for, educating, and raising healthy children, especially young children with special needs. Provides online library catalogue and online directory of children's services. Materials can be borrowed through the library free of charge. 20 Park St., Concord. (800) 298-4321. A collaborative effort of the NH Departments of Health & Human Services, Education, and the NH State Library.

    Governor's Commission on Disability Provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessibility issues, including accessible parking spaces, housing and transportation. Provides online list of state and federal government benefit programs. 57 Regional Drive, Concord.  1- 800-852-3405, 603-271-2773.

    Parent to Parent of NH.  Provides parent matches between experienced parents, who "have been there" with new or "referred" parents of children with special needs (medical, developmental, emotional, learning) who are just beginning to meet the challenges of a disability within the family. Provides information and referral to community resources, services, support groups, state support programs, and others. 12 Flynn St., Lebanon.  (800) 698-LINK (5465).

    211 New Hampshire. Information and referral for general human services including help with food, emergency housing, employment, health care and counseling is available by dialing 211 in NH or 1-866-444-4211 from out of state. Operated by United Ways of New Hampshire.

  • Area Agencies

    NORTH COUNTRY: Northern Human Services
    Albany, Bartlett, Benton, Berlin, Bethlehem, Brookfield, Carroll, Chatham, Clarksville, Colebrook, Columbia, Conway, Dalton, Dixville, Dummer, Easton, Eaton, Effingham, Errol, Franconia, Freedom, Gorham, Hart’s Location, Haverhill, Jackson, Jefferson, Lancaster, Landaff, Lincoln, Lisbon, Littleton, Lyman, Madison, Milan, Millsfield, Monroe, Moultonborough, Northumberland, Ossipee, Piermont, Pittsburg, Randolph, Sandwich, Shelburne, Stark, Stewartstown, Stratford, Sugar Hill, Tamworth, Tuftonboro, Warren, Waterville Valley, Whitefield, Wolfeboro, Woodstock

    UPPER VALLEY: Pathways of the River Valley
    Acworth, Canaan, Charlestown, Claremont, Cornish, Croydon, Dorchester, Enfield, Goshen, Grafton, Grantham, Hanover, Langdon, Lebanon, Lempster, Lyme, Newport, Orange, Orford, Plainfield, Springfield, Sunapee, Unity, Washington

    LAKES REGION: Lakes Region Community Srervices
    Alexandria, Alton, Ashland, Barnstead, Belmont, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Center Harbor, Ellsworth, Gilford, Gilmanton, Groton, Hebron, Holderness, Laconia, Meredith, New Hampton, Plymouth, Rumney, Sanbornton, Thornton, Tilton, Wentworth 

    CONCORD AREA: Community Bridges
    Allenstown, Andover, Boscawen, Bow, Bradford, Canterbury, Chichester, Concord, Danbury, Deering, Dunbarton, Epsom, Franklin, Henniker, Hill, Hillsborough, Hopkinton, Loudon, Newbury, New London, Northfield, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Salisbury, Sutton, Warner, Weare, Webster, Wilmot, Windsor

    MONADNOCK REGION: Monadnock Developmental Services
    Alstead, Antrim, Bennington, Chesterfield, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Francestown, Gilsum, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Harrisville, Hinsdale, Jaffrey, Keene, Lyndeborough, Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Richmond, Rindge, Roxbury, Sharon, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Temple, Troy, Walpole, Westmoreland, Winchester

    NASHUA REGION: Gateways Community Services
    Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Wilton

    MANCHESTER AREA: The Moore Center
    Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Goffstown, Hooksett, Londonderry, Manchester, New Boston

    SEACOAST REGION: One Sky Community Services
    Brentwood, Deerfield, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, North Hampton, Northwood, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Raymond, Rye, Seabrook, South Hampton, Stratham

    DOVER & ROCHESTER AREA: Community Partners
    Barrington, Dover, Durham, Farmington, Lee, Madbury, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Rochester, Rollinsford, Somersworth, Strafford

    SALEM & DERRY AREA: Community Crossroads
    Atkinson, Chester, Danville, Derry, Hampstead, Newton, Pelham, Plaistow, Salem, Sandown, Windham

  • Community Mental Health Centers

    Northern Human Services 

    West Central Behavioral Health Services 

    Genesis Behavioral Health 

    Riverbend Community Mental Health 

    Monadnock Family Services 

    Greater Nashua Mental Health Center 

    The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester 

    Seacoast Mental Health Center 

    Community Partners 

    Center for Life Management