Legislative Advocacy

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Legislative/Policy Advocacy:

We are committed to promoting and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities so they can take their place as full citizens within their communities and have equal opportunities to pursue life, liberty and happiness. We provide training, information, and support to empower individuals with disabilities and their families as well as professionals in the field to advocate for responsible programs and policies in the legislative/policy arena.

View the Disability-Related “Hot Topics” we are talking to candidates about this election cycle.

How to Stay Informed:

Community Crossroads Legislative Updates & Alerts:

If you are interested in keeping informed about proposed legislation that may affect the services that you (or someone you know) receive, either through Community Crossroads or through Medicaid, etc., please e-mail Jennifer and ask to be added to our mailing list!

Here are other valuable resources to access reliable Legislative information:

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The New Hampshire General Court is where you can get specific information about NH bills: Visit

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

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The Arc promotes & protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes: Visit

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The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society: Visit

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The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (ACUD) advocates for a number of legislative issues that are critical to individuals with disabilities and their families: Visit

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The American Association of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities- AAIDD provides position statements on important issues related to intellectual & developmental disabilities practice, policy, and/or research: Visit

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TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy. Founded in 1975, TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization: Visit

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Bill Tracking Tool: If you want to track key bills on either the state and/or federal level this is a great tool! There is a basic ‘free registration’ option for people and it’s easy to use! After entering the bills you want to track you will receive email notifications anytime there is a change of status on your bills: Visit

How To Get Involved

Issues that impact people with disabilities are just too important to sit out on the sidelines and assume someone else will do something about them. Get involved so your voice will be heard! Learn how to share your story, knowledge, & perspective. Sharpen your leadership abilities and learn how take action so together we can make a difference!

Policy Partners

Our powerful legislative advocacy program is developing the next generation of leaders while partnering families & individuals so together we can craft a better future for people who experience disability!

Have you ever wanted to participate in the legislative process and help sway opinions and votes on bills that will affect you & your family? Have you ever wanted to tell your Representatives how pending legislation will affect your family for better or worse and elicit their support? Is the New Hampshire legislative process a mystery to you?

Policy Partners is a leadership course that spans over 10 months (September – June). Participants are mentored individually by an experienced leader/advocate and also benefit from targeted training sessions lead by highly experienced local & national professional speakers on topics including relationship building, community organizing, communication, persuasion, issue framing, etc. Please e-mail Jennifer for information about Policy Partners and/or to apply for this program.

Policy Partner Quotes:
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“It gave me the strength to stand up & have my voice heard. It’s important to advocate & I can make a difference!”
–Leah Kennedy, Graduate & Former Mentor

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“We must be involved and talk to people! Policy Partners gets you connected.”
–Mick Natoli, Graduate & Mentor

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“Empowering & eye opening!”
–Patty Natoli, Graduate

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“Policy Partners encourages participants to remember that they are the disability experts & teaches them how to share their knowledge & experiences with policy makers.”
–Cathy Spinney, Program Creator & Mentor

Public Policy Outreach Committee (PPO)

Our PPO Committee provides individuals with disabilities and their families information concerning public policy matters that may impact them as well as advocacy support & training. Members of our committee also educate decision makers concerning needs of individuals and families and the potential impact of proposed policies. Membership of our PPO Committee includes representation from the Community Crossroads Board of Directors, Family Support Council, the Public Policy Liaison, interested staff, as well as individuals receiving services, their family members, and community members. The committee typically meets once per month or more/less often as needed. Please e-mail Jennifer for information about PPO and/or if you are interested in joining this committee.

Meet Your Legislators:

Your elected officials are very accessible in NH because we have the largest state legislature in the nation, made up of 400 Representatives and 24 Senators. Your legislators are often your neighbors and the people who you bump into at the local library, coffee shop, or post office. They need to hear from you. They work for you and their job is to represent you. It’s important for your elected officials to understand your perspective, needs and challenges in order to make responsible decisions on your behalf. They can’t know everything about every topic/issue so your knowledge about disability is so valuable to them.

Click the link below to easily find your NH State Reps and Senators. Select your town and click on the legislator names to get specific information about them (home address, phone & email contact information, etc.). Invite him or her out for tea/coffee and start building a trusted relationship. For guidance and more information about communicating with your legislators email Jennifer.

Do you know #WhatsTrending?

Visit this section of our site to get the latest news, updates, community happenings and helpful information.

http://www.communitycrossroadsnh.org/whats-trending-september-2021/

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