Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

Information and resources for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and those who support them

Individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) or acquired brain disorders (ABD) are valued employees in our state economy. Their skills and abilities help to strengthen the workplace, drive innovation and better serve and represent the community. For an employee with a disability, employment provides opportunities for economic, social and emotional growth. Unfortunately, individuals with IDD or ABD are underrepresented in our workforce.

The NH Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Developmental Services, in partnership with Area Agencies, service providers/vendors and businesses, are working to expand the opportunities for individuals with disabilities to become valued members of our workforce and to enjoy all the benefits that employment provides. There are a wide variety of resources and supports available to both the individual with a disability and employers to support the vision of a fully inclusive workforce in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire’s Regional Service System (RSS) is working hard to address employment challenges. The RSS includes a partnership of Area Agencies, Service Providers/Vendors and the Bureau of Developmental Services, all working together to provide the necessary services and supports for individuals to live in and become contributing members of their communities. These partners, along with State agencies, local organizations and families, come together regularly through the Employment Leadership Committee.


NH Employment Leadership Committee (ELC)

The mission of the ELC is to advance inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the workforce through collaboration, education and advocacy.

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Strategic Initiative on Employment

The mission and focus of the Strategic Initiative on Employment (SIE) builds on the work and history of the Employment Leadership Committee, while broadening its focus and adding structure, partners and outcomes. This document is a working draft and will be edited during the fall and winter of 2020 to address the COVID-19 impact on our employment efforts.


Employment Data System

The Employment Data System (EDS) is used by Area Agencies and Service Providers/Vendors to track the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain injuries who receive services through the NH Area Agency System. The EDS contains current and historical information including where individuals are employed, their hourly wages, hours per week, transportation methods, workplace supports, and more. Data collected through this system is used to inform quality improvement efforts, assist in service planning, promote employment efforts, and to generate quarterly reports.


Workforce Coalitions Across New Hampshire 

Workforce Coalitions are community driven groups located across the state that help to promote integrated, competitive employment for individuals with developmental disabilities, acquired brain injuries, mental health disorders, and other disabilities. The Workforce Coalitions focus on sharing job leads, exchanging employment resources, introducing new business contacts, networking, and guest speaker presentations.


Medicaid for Employed Adults with Disabilities

The Medicaid for Employed Adults with Disabilities (MEAD) program provides Medicaid coverage to adults with disabilities who are working and who would not otherwise be financially eligible for Medicaid. MEAD was designed to allow individuals with disabilities to increase their working income and have higher resource limits.