increased membership to include about 18 people including
self-advocates, providers, employers and family members. Two
members will be attending the National AFP Summit in November.
Plans are underway for the winter event (same as Fall event!)
points and accomplishments that the State Team has agreed upon and
are more than just a peer support group.
team believes that all who participate at our regular meetings held
monthly (lately meetings are held more frequently) are considered
meeting brings new members and we are excited to currently have
approximately 18 members.
members voted to keep the team's name as the New Hampshire Alliance
For Full Participation. People First of New Hampshire remains
the organizers of our state team especially as the board of
directors has employment as one of their goals.
have representation on our state team from self-advocates,
employers, family members and providers.
an effort to recruit more business leaders, our winter training
event is specifically involving business leaders and employers in
our communities to raise awareness of the skills and qualifications
of people who experience disabilities, and, to learn from employers
about what it is businesses are looking for in their recruitment
members participate in policy, in one way or another. The
longer we stay as a team, the stronger our voices will be heard.
state team meetings are highly focused on members working toward
empowering the individual to want to be employed and to get
employed. No other group, committee or team exists with this
focus in New Hampshire. This makes for a great balance with
other groups and committees in our state that are also working to
improve higher employment numbers.
NHAFP team and People First of NH sponsored a very successful 4-part
Spring Employment Training Series where about 20 individuals were
awarded certificates after learning the nuts and bolts of developing
team is working to recruit new team leader(s). Janet Hunt will
stay-on as team facilitator until otherwise noted; however, she is
training a new team facilitator.
will improve our communication and reporting with the Alliance For
recognize that we lack direct access to data although the state
Bureau of Developmental Services could provide this to the team when
we need it.We encourage
and welcome the state's involvement and participation with the
will be working to network and establish a working relationship with
the businesses and employers immediately following our winter event.
will be pursuing the opportunity to provide live internet
broadcasting of the winter event and other future meetings and
trainings so that more people may participate and have a voice in
our state team's work.
will be a survey conducted to obtain results from people who
experience disabilities about employment. The results will be
used in the NHAFP state team's planning process for the upcoming
been working on the Fall Employment Training Series which will feature
business leaders as a panel and members of the NHAFP sharing their
work skills. Members are also trying to determine how to get to
with the Alliance For Full Participation as a state team: People
First of New Hampshire board of directors made a decision to stay
involved as a state team to the Alliance For Full Participation
despite differences on wages and integrated employment. Members
felt that by staying involved, it would continue to allow members to
have a voice, which is what self-advocacy is all about.
from participants of the Spring NHAFP Employment Training Series -
What did you like most about the sessions?
practicing the interviews
plan, video presentation, practice interview
learned how to get a job
the dream/future planning session
me with better interview skills
test - to find interests, interview skills
to employment sites and homework
just some of our participants who received Certificates Of Achievement
2011: Statement To The
National Alliance For Full Participation
reaction to the recent national concerns regarding the divide of
the board of the Alliance For Full Participation (AFP) over
integrated employment, the New Hampshire Alliance For Full
Participation calls for the following action:
New Hampshire Alliance For Full Participation (NHAFP) request
that ALL members of the board of the National Alliance
For Full Participation (AFP) be dedicated to integrated work. Furthermore,
the NHAFP agrees with and supports the AFP Advisory Council’s
request to the Alliance that the three agencies of the AFP board
(NISH, The Arc of the
United States, and United Cerebral Palsy) clarify
why they have advocated for center-based and pre-vocational
employment, given their commitment to the Alliance for Full
such clarification is received, and ALL members of the board of
the AFP are fully committed to its own mission, the NHAFP will
refrain from ongoing involvement with the National Alliance For
The New Hampshire Alliance For Full
Participation is organized by People First of New Hampshire. The
focus of our state team for this year is employment.
The following team members include:
10 Area Agency
– Transition Age
First of NH
10 Area Agency
For Professional Practice
First of NH, Individual Employed
Employed, Transition Age
of Developmental Services
of Developmental Services
Happenings: As of January, 2011, the New Hampshire
Alliance For Full Participation is planning a series of employment
workshops to be offered in the spring for individuals seeking employment
and desiring a career.
If you are an individual who experiences
a disability and is either employed, underemployed or unemployed, or, if
you are a service agency, vocational provider, parent, family member,
teacher, student, business owner or simply interested in employment in
NH, join our email listserve: