Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Advocacy & Information
In addition to our many programs and services, NDHHS offers advocacy pertaining to communication access, access to education, vocational services, and more!
Our staff are committed to working collaboratively with community members and stakeholders to promote access to available programs and services; in addition to providing the appropriate resources for community members’ own self-advocacy. Through our local, regional, and state partnerships, we are equipped to provide support and resources to community members, tailored the needs of each, unique situation. We are in this together.
Information Referral provides the general public with assistance and information related to hearing loss. We maintain a library of resources on many topics related to hearing loss and services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Feel free to contact us with questions about information or topics such as:
- Local Events
- Communication Strategies
- Deaf-Friendly Hospitals
- Legal Rights
Service Coordination & Advocacy
Advocacy Links and Resources
NDHHS is committed to advocating for and with the Deaf, hard of hearing and Deafblind community. If you feel you are facing discrimination or unfair treatment at work, school, in housing, or in another setting. NDHHS does not provide legal services; however, we can refer you to organizations such as resources below that can provide you with legal advice or assist you in taking legal action. NDHHS can also provide you with information on how to file a complaint under the ADA so you can advocate on your own. Please get in touch with us so we can work with you to find the appropriate resources.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. https://www.ada.gov/
Disability Rights Center (DRC)
DRC-NH is dedicated to eliminating barriers existing in New Hampshire to the full and equal enjoyment of civil and other legal rights by people with disabilities. http://www.drcnh.org/
Governor’s Commission on Disability (GCD)
The GCD is actively involved within the disability community and the plethora of arenas touching the lives of individuals with disabilities and their supporters. https://www.nh.gov/disability/
New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA)
NHLA’s mission is to fulfill America’s promise of equal justice by providing civil legal services to New Hampshire’s poor, including education and empowerment, advice, representation, and advocacy for systemic change. NHLA Fair Housing Project may be able to assist if you think you may be a victim of housing discriminations. Under the federal Fair Housing Act and the New Hampshire Law Against Discrimination, it is illegal to discriminate in the rental, sale, or financing of housing based on someone’s race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or gender identity. https://fairhousing-nh.org/ http://www.nhla.org/
New Hampshire Legal Aid
NH Legal Aid is a community of organizations and agencies dedicated to the ideal of equal access to justice. Working together, they provide a range of legal services to New Hampshire’s low income population. http://www.nhlegalaid.org/
New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights
HRC is a state agency established by RSA 354-A for the purpose of eliminating discrimination in employment, public accommodations and the sale or rental of housing or commercial property, because of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability or national origin. https://www.nh.gov/hrc/