Families of those who receive services from MDS are invited to an afternoon of Pizza & Bowling at Yankee Lanes in Keene from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, November 4.

Do you have a family member who lives with you and receives services from MDS? Are you looking for something to do that s/he and the whole family can enjoy? If so, this event is for you! Join us for an afternoon of fun and food at Yankee Lanes on Park Avenue in west Keene. This event is
an opportunity for families to  meet Family Council members, learn what the Council is all about, meet other families in the region, have fun with their family, and have kids meet and have fun with one another.

The event is free but registration by November 1st is required.

Registration:  Lurleen - by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call 352-1304.

This event is sponsored by the Family Council and MDS.

DFF Screen ShotIn recognition of Disabilities Awareness month, ABLE NH is sponsoring a Disabilty Film Festibal, featuring three films and a Community Conversation in Peterborough, NH. All events are free and open to the public.

"Film is a powerful medium to showcase oppression, resilience, and resurrection," say the Film Festival poster. Lost in Laconia will be shown on Monday, October 8; Dan Habib's Intelligent Lives, on October 15; and Autism in Love on October 22. All films are free and will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Peterborough Community Theatre.

On Tuesday, October 9, a Community Conversation on Disability and Our Community will take place at 7 p.m. at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture. Jeanne Dietsch will lead the panel discussion which will include Lisa Beaudoin from ABLE NH, Rob Gillis from Monadnock Worksource, John Richards, disability professional and brain injury survivor, and Kimberly Saunders, ConVal Superintendent.

"This Community Conversation examines the ways our community responds to the challenges faced by people with disabilities. What are we doing right, and can we improve the way our institutions, companies and organizations work with individuals? What can we do locally to identify and change barriers to 'the good life' for people who experience disabilities?"

For more information, contact Lisa Beaudoin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-878-0459.

intelligentlives 2mb poster finalMonadnock Developmental Services is partnering with Keene State College to bring Dan Habib and his latest film, Intelligent Lives, to the Norma J. Walker Alumni Center at Keene State College on Monday, November 19. There will be two free showings that day, at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m., to allow students, business people, professionals, working families and individuals to see this essential film about rethinking intelligence and ability. Between showings attendees will be able to discuss the film and meet Dan Habib.

Award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib created Intelligent Lives in part as a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. The film challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships. Click here to see a preview of the film.

Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.

This free event is sponsored by MDS, the Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions, Keene State College Department of Education, Office of Disability Services, and the Southwest Center for Educational Support, with support from the KSC chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education.

The KSC Alumni Center is an accessible facility, and the film is captioned. For those who need accommodations, please contact Deb Merchant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-358-2330 by Friday, November 2.

Two Candidate Forums are scheduled during October for Monadnock Region individuals families receiving disabilities services:

   Tuesday, October 4 at the Peterborough Town Library (5-7 p.m.)

   Wednesday, October 17 at MDS Keene (5-7 p.m., 121 Railroad Street).

These forums provide an opportunity individuals with developmental and related disabilities and their families to meet local candidates, let them know how you are impacted by their decisions, and hear their views on the issues.

Hot topics of particular interest this election season are included below. CSNI and Community Crossroads NH have put together information sheets, which we provide below as pdfs to download.

NH Values and the NH Advantage Related to Our Support System for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

Rate Increase for BDS Services

The Wait List: What It Really Means for People with Disabilities and Their Families

Employment for People with Disabilities

Special Education: A Tradition of Education Excellence and Opportunity for ALL

Meeting the Needs of Children & Adults with Complex Medical Diagnoses

Chapter RSA 171-A: The Law at the Root of Rights for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families

For details and more information, contact:
Marylouise Alther
MDS Family Education & Support Coordinator
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This event is sponsored by ABLE NH, MDS, and the Family Council of the Monadnock Region.