The IOD strives to have a major influence on the preparation of leaders in fields related to individuals with disabilities. With training geared toward self advocates, families, youth, health professionals, direct support professionals, and more, the IOD is a source for leadership training across the life span.
The NH and ME Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration between Dartmouth Medical School and the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire. NH-ME LEND has provided graduate level interdisciplinary training in maternal and child health/developmental disabilities for students and professionals at UNH since 1993. In 2011, NH-ME LEND began a partnership with the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine to serve an area that is not currently served by a LEND training program. Through this partnership, NH-LEND will assist in developing infrastructure and addressing regional needs, particularly in rural underserved regions of Maine. The purpose of NH-ME LEND is to improve the health of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by preparing leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health. Trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines engage in 300 hours of training related to interdisciplinary, family-centered, culturally competent systems of care for children and youth with developmental disabilities and their families.
NH Leadership Series
The New Hampshire Leadership Series is a seven-month training session for adults with disabilities, parents or family members of children with disabilities, and LEND Trainees. It is based on the national Partners in Policymaking model. The Series is funded by the NH Department of Education, NH Developmental Disabilities Council, NH Bureau of Developmental Services, NH Area Agencies, many public and private foundations statewide, as well as the Friends of Leadership fundraising events, and donations from NH Leadership graduates. Through the courses, leaders emerge who have a clear vision, knowledge about state-of-the-art supports for individuals with disabilities, and skills necessary for advocating with service providers. They know how to use the legislative process to achieve change, and how to organize communities to support inclusion. The Leadership Series enhances the ability of people and families to change laws, persuade schools and businesses to include individuals with disabilities, and educate communities about the importance of welcoming and including every member.