Sharing My Story With The Candidates
If you ever have the chance to speak with candidates running for public office, or those already elected, I would recommend taking full advantage of the opportunity.
Earlier this month, I spoke with candidates seeking to represent towns in New Hampshire about issues that impact myself and many other individuals and families across our state. Topics discussed on the evening I was a panelist included the Developmental Disability Waitlist, employment for those with disabilities, and the lack of Direct Support Professionals/Home Care Providers in our state.
Along with my own story, parents of individuals who experience a disability were also present to share their own experiences. These stories were shared with people currently running for house and senate seats who can influence and make changes to the way things are While our state has a strong reputation when it comes to supporting those with disabilities, it is important to have conversations about the many issues that still exist.
In terms of my own story, I was born with CHARGE syndrome which means I have a heart defect, vision problems, and hearing problems. Throughout my life, I have had the support of Community Crossroads, which has allowed me to participate in activities such as therapeutic horseback riding, make connections with others in the community and become an advocate for myself. The purpose of my speaking as a panelist at the Virtual Candidate Event was to show to the candidates that area agencies in New Hampshire and other organizations that help those with disabilities are crucial to the lives of so many.
My major takeaway from being a panelist was seeing how much interest the candidates’ demonstrated in learning more about the issues those with disabilities face. They welcomed discovering what they can do to help support us. Having the candidates undivided attention for two hours and seeing how much they care gives me a lot of optimism for the future of our state and hopefully other states across New England and the entire nation.
This Virtual Candidate Event was held instead of the Biennial Partnership Event that takes place every two years due to COVID-19. Check out the following links to view the events:
October 7, 2020 Candidate Event:
This session was designated for the 2020 candidates seeking to represent citizens from the towns of Windham, Hampstead, & Derry.
October 8, 2020 Candidate Event:
This session was designated for the 2020 candidates seeking to represent citizens from the towns of Atkinson, Pelham, Plaistow, & Salem.