Hot Topics

Disability Related Hot Topics

Legislators are often asked to make critical decisions regarding support for these individuals despite the fact that these issues are best understood by people with disabilities and their families – the largest constituent minority in NH.  It is vital for advocates and policymakers to be aware, better understand, and are able to articulate the issues that affect the people and families we serve.

The Hot Topics below are resources designed for both policymakers and advocates to use to talk about and discuss some of the most important issues faced by people with developmental and other disabilities and their families.


NH’s Developmental Disability Service System Nationally Top Ranked

NH consistently ranks within the top ten states nationally by A Case for Inclusion,  the most comprehensive assessment available of how well programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are serving people with intellectual & developmental disabilities. NH consistently ranks within the top ten states nationally.

Lost in Laconia Documentary

Lost In Laconia is a sobering documentary film about the history of the closing of The Laconia State School – The School for the Feeble-Minded.  During a time when people who were branded and stigmatized as “feebleminded” and a danger to society were banished to a life of isolation and total segregation, thousands of children and adults were institutionalized in large state operated institutions throughout the country. In the case of New Hampshire, that place was the Laconia State School.  This documentary examines the social values and cultural ideals of the twentieth century, relative to individuals and families who were labeled “feebleminded”, deficient, or disabled in New Hampshire.
“Lost in Laconia” has been shown to audiences throughout New England and has been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle; New Hampshire Outlook; New Hampshire Public Radio; and New Hampshire Public Television.
For more information about the history of the Laconia State School and to view photographs go to the Community Supports Network Inc. (CSNI) website below:

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