Community Bridges

Individual and Family Support Services

“Sean and I share a love for books and comics. He and I can spend hours looking for his favorites. I think we are lucky to live in a community that we all share. I’m glad Sean found my store.”

– Jim Dodson, Liberty Books & Comics

Supporting a loved one with a disability can be a difficult task. A support network is vital to providing opportunities for a rich and full life. Community Bridges’ Individual and Family Support Services Program can become an important part of that network—providing information, training, support, and enhanced access to services for individuals and families experiencing disabilities.

Streamlined Communications

Individual and Family Support Services provides each individual or family a single service coordinator who provides a consistent source of contact, reducing the number of phone calls required to coordinate different support staff and service delivery. We believe that this streamlined delivery model creates a positive experience for the participating individual and his or her family.

Connections to Other Families of Individuals with Disabilities

A Family-to-Family/Legislative Liaison helps connect families of children with disabilities. By hosting legislative coffees, the Legislative Liaison gives parents the opportunity to ask questions and inform legislators. As a result, families are kept informed about legislative issues such as new bills, hearings, and the status of current laws.

Educational Training

Individual and Family Support Services also provides educational training and support in order to help increase the family’s capacity to support their loved one.

Training topics have included:

  • Education about Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Self-advocacy
  • Managing disturbing behaviors
  • Assistive technology
  • Transitioning from school to young adulthood
  • Person-centered thinking
  • Social inclusion

Program applicants and their families are guided through the review process by a team of individuals, including an intake manager. This review covers the applicant’s physical, intellectual, cognitive, and behavioral status, using age-appropriate standardized functional assessments. If necessary, the team will assist in securing this information. If the intake manager clearly identifies that an individual is eligible for the program, he or she is eligible for life or until services are no longer requested.

Call Us Today

For more information about obtaining Individual and Family Support Services, please call 1-800-499-4153 and ask to speak to an Individual and Family Support Services Supervisor.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact Community Bridges through the Federal Relay Service (NH Relay) by calling 7-1-1 or 1-800-735-4423.

Community Bridges is a non-profit agency serving the communities of central New Hampshire. Disability is a natural part of the human experience and may occur as a result of developmental impairments, injury, or aging. We advance the integration, growth, and interdependence of people with disabilities in their home communities in ways that promote their ability to have positive control over the lives they have chosen for themselves.