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History showpeoplefirstofnh update3.2012


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A brief history and the accomplishments of People First of New Hampshire as we celebrate 20 years.

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History showpeoplefirstofnh update3.2012

  1. 1. Brief History & Accomplishmentsof People First of New Hampshire 1992 ~ 2012 1
  2. 2. The first self-advocacy group started in the Lakes Region in 1984                        Other groups started soon after in Salem, Dover, Keene, Concord. 2
  3. 3. A steering committee was formed in 1990 and by 1991, People Firstof NH was established. It became incorporated with a board ofdirectors by 1992. 3
  4. 4. The First conference was held in Manchester in 1991. Senator Tom Harkin joined us and encouraged us 4
  5. 5. We attended our firstinternational self-advocacyconference in 1993 in Toronto,Canada. We have attendedNational Conferences everyother year in: Alaska,Oklahoma, Virginia, RhodeIsland, New York, California,Georgia, Indiana, Missouri. In2001 we participated in anInternational Conference inEngland. In 2010, we presented in Missouri about our goal, Institutions: Close Them! with a panel of self-advocate experts from across the country! 5
  6. 6. We have had reading/discussion groups about Roland Johnson—ANational Self-Advocacy Leader. From this is the creation of apresentation done across the country titled: “Find Your Passion &Voice” 6
  7. 7. Our published work includes:Large Pepperoni PizzaWith An Advisor On The SideA book for self-advocates to hire, superviseand train their advisor, 1998 and revised in2008 which has sold internationally. “I Got That Right”A Video about rights produced by People Firstof New Hampshire, 1994“It’s My Life” - A Video Where Self-AdvocatesDiscuss the Importance of Self-Determination,1997“Ten Years of Self-Advocacy in NH” – A videoabout the history of People First of NH, 2002Now, we have a People First of NewHampshire You Tube Channel with over 20videos including our new film: Institutions:Close Them! 7
  8. 8. In 1997, 2001 and 2010, Self-Advocates in NH join others throughout the country to March For Freedom to Close Institutions! 8
  9. 9. Self-Determination Whose Life Is It Anyway? Self-Advocates Survey Peers Using the “Who Decides?” Survey Who makes the decisions in your life?Then, based on the TV hit-show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” - we showaudiences across the country that:We make decisions about driving, about getting married, living on ourown, traveling, running our own meetings about our lives...and muchmore… 9
  10. 10. We speak often to others about our lives—and encourage everyone to be leaders 10
  11. 11. In 2002, People First of New Hampshire Celebrated Ten Years By Hosting aHarmony Through Arts Event Drumming Performance SingingExhibiting Our Painting Toasting Our Ten Years Together 11
  12. 12. We’ve worked on issues such as:•Changing the MR word in all of NH’s laws (Senate Bill 153)•Getting Self-Advocacy Training Centers in the DD Act•Participating on the Waitlist Committee to help improve theway our staff are hired and trained and paid. (Senate Bill138)•Planning a Presidential Candidate Forum with other stateand national organizations•Developed a plan to start putting stories together of peoplewho lived at Laconia State School – to put in a book and amovie MR 12
  13. 13. We offer training & discussion eventson the following topics:•Voter Education•Employment & Careers•Find Your Passion & Voice•Relationships•Dreaming Of A Future•Board Leadership•Budgets•Emergency Preparedness•First Aid•Sharing Stories•Closing Institutions•We promote our work through ourwebsite, blogs, chat rooms,Facebook, videos, email listserves,e-newsletters 13
  14. 14. Currently, our main goals include: We organize and host monthly events, meetings and activities by young adults for young adults. 14
  15. 15. We organize employment-related training events andplanning meetings for peoplethroughout the state with liveonline broadcasts. We havea team of peers, businessowners, employmentspecialists, parents andfamily members as part ofour alliance to promoteemployment for people who Certificate of Achievement Awardsexperience disabilities. given after completion of employment/ career training. 15
  16. 16. The goal to help close institutions began in 2009. Some of the activities of thisgoal have included•Virtual Rallies: The organization of virtual rallies in every corner of the world tocoincide with a collection of video productions from those who took part. Thesecan be seen on our You Tube Channel.•Petitions: Institutions: Close hem!; Close Institutions In Texas; Close The Judge Rotenberg Center: Zapping Children is Torture• Survey to determine states to focus on•Facebook Page and Cause with over 2500 participants•Webpage with all of the goal details•New Film Release with over 1,300 views since January 2012 16
  17. 17. Comments & reviews from our latest film releaseHSRI, The Riot!: Institutions: Close Them! is a timely and powerful film thatreminds us of the terrible loss of life, happiness and human potential resulting fromover 100 years of storing people away from their communities. It is clear thatinstitutions have nothing to offer in the 21st Century. Rather, they are costlymonsters that consume limited resources better spent on community-basedservices that support people to have real lives, real jobs, a home of their own, andreal relationships with people they choose - just like anyone else.Michael T Bailey, Parent & Chair of the National Disabilities Rights Network: With this film People First of New Hampshire has made a strong contribution tohuman rights. Segregation and isolation of any group is barbaric. It is past thetime where institutions for persons with intellectual disabilities be placed where theybelong - historys garbage dump. Thank you for your leadership.See all comments at new website dedicated to Institutions: Close Them! Film. 17
  18. 18. We are People First of New Hampshire! 18