Introducing ABLE NH

Over the past several months, disability advocates and family members from across New Hampshire have come together to create an independent advocacy organization. Advocates Building Lasting Equality in New Hampshire (ABLE NH) is the result of a planning committee made up of advocates, parents, service providers, and support from the Institute on Disability, Developmental Disabilities Council, the Disabilities Rights Center, and other groups and organization which strive to serve individuals with disabilities. ABLE NH has recently achieved 501(c)3 non-profit status and will be an affiliate of the ARC of the United States.

ABLE NH advocates for the human and civil rights, as well as the full participation, of all children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of community, life, and society. Together with a growing network of members and affiliated chapters, ABLE NH desires to improve systems of supports and services, connect families, inspire communities, and influence public policy.

With the recent approval of the by-laws by the board of directors, ABLE NH looks to begin the serious work of building a strategic plan and implementing committees to fulfill its missions. Board officers include Stacey Brooks, chair; Sarah Aiken, vice chair; Mary Schuh, secretary; and Carol Stamatakis, treasurer. Other members include Jan Larsen, Martha-Jean Madison, Adrienne Mallinson, Laura Miller, Linda Steir, Heather Thalheimer, Pat Vincent-Piet, and Janet Williamson.

ABLE NH looks forward to meeting you at the Family Support Conference on May 2-4, 2008, at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH.

At this time, the ABLE NH website is still under construction. If you would like further information about ABLE NH, its mission, or if you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Stacey Brooks via e-mail at

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