Two opportunities are available in late January and early February for those with developmental and related disabilities to find out more about the voting process.

On Tuedsay, January 28 at 3 p.m., CSNI partners with the Disability Rights Center (DRC) to present a free webinar - Voting Rights for People with Disabilities, a basic overview for people with disabilities. This online session will provide information around civic engagement, the right to vote (including while under guardianship), accommodations and how to ask for them, and who to contact if you have any challenges that arise. Click here for webinar registration.

On Friday, February 7 from 1:30-3:30 in Concord, the DRC, Future in Sight, and the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities will present a voter training for people who may or may not require accessible voting accommodations. Topics will include registration, absentee voting, curbside voting, and requesting to use accessible voting machines. The session will be held at Future In Sight, 25 Walker Street in Concord. Please RSVP to Vanessa, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-661-7040.



Giving Tuesday at Waterhouse for MDS February 25Join friends and colleagues to support MDS at Waterhouse Restaurant on Tuesday, February 25 for a Mardi Gras celebration with prizes, special drinks and appetizers. Have lunch in their dining room overlooking the Nubanusit. Stop in for cocktails and snacks late day. Stay for a delicious dinner. It's all good when you let the good times roll - laissez les bon temps rouler!

Waterhouse Restaurant presents Giving Tuesday for MDS on February 25, 2020, with a special Mardi Gras theme. A portion of the day's proceeds will go to support critical needs for those served by MDS.

The Mardi Gras Happy Hour runs from 5-6:30 with door prizes, fun giveaways, and drink and appetizer specials.

Early Bird Special from 4:30-6 offers a three-course dinner for only $20.

Waterhouse Restaurant is located at 18 Depot Square in downtown Peterborough, NH. Reservations are recommended:  603-924-4001.


MoShaws Give Back Bags in Peterborough During Februarynadnock Developmental Services has been selected as a beneficiary of the Shaw's GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Program for the month of February.

The Shaw's GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Program, which launched in April 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.

MDS was selected as the February beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Shaw's located on Route 101 in Peterborough. MDS will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag is purchased at this location during February.

For more information on the Shaw's GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Program, visit

Message from Marylouise Alther
Family Education & Support Coordinator/Legislative Liaison
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Welcome to a new Legislative year! This is not a budget year, but there are bills which need our attention and advocacy.

The Legislature meets in early January and will begin to vote on bills which have numbers and language assigned to them. Bills are different than LSRs, which are Legislative Service Requests. Some LSRs will become bills and will be voted on. Others of the LSRs will go by the wayside and/or stay in a committee.

MDS needs your support and advocacy for some of these bills, which directly affect your lives. Here are three of the bills we are watching:

* HB 578 Relative to Services for the Developmentally Disabled. This bill is an amendment to help clarify funding for the Developmental Disability Wait List.  This amendment, which the House will vote on first, has to do with ensuring that funding is available for services for people, 18-21 years of age, upon graduation.

* HB 1436 Relative to Autism Spectrum Disorder Insurance Coverage. This bill increases the insurance coverage for autism spectrum services.

* HB 1576 Establishing a Targeted Workforce Development Program. This bill establishes the targeted workforce development program and workforce development fund.

Please take note of these bills above. You will be hearing from me in regard to letter-writing, calling your representatives or giving personal testimony. These efforts do make an impact. Last session, MDS sent 64 letters to Concord in support of Medicaid rate increases. It passed and we now have a 3.1% increase, beginning Jan. 1, 2020. It is still uncertain how this will be distributed, but all of your efforts paid off. Let’s keep the momentum going.

Thank you so much,
Marylouise Alther
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603-603-352-1304 ext 247 or 603-313-8693