Strategic Plan

July 1, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Institute on Disability (IOD) is an organization committed to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. Since its inception in 1987, the IOD has become a well-recognized leader in the field of disability with particular strengths in technical assistance, training, research and dissemination. In 2004, the IOD launched its first organization-wide strategic planning effort with a review of its programs, operations, academic mission, and organizational relationships. After engaging with internal and external stakeholders, the IOD produced the FY 2005-2008 IOD Strategic Plan. This plan was revisited in 2009, resulting in a new three year plan which identified organizational priorities, including the adoption of “priority areas” in inclusive education, autism spectrum disorders, health and genetics, community living and employment, and assistive technology.

For the past eighteen months, the IOD has been engaged in a renewed strategic planning effort, culminating in the latest iteration of our strategic plan which provides a framework for our strategic initiatives through 2017. This plan reaffirms our vision of a future where all people, including individuals living with disabilities, are fully engaged members of communities. Our Strategic Plan plays a central role in defining the path the IOD takes to realize this future. Through the input of external stakeholders, an analysis of environmental trends and priorities, and a comprehensive internal evaluation, we identified five strategic initiatives and associated goals to guide our work over the next three years.

Our strategic plan focuses on the further development of centers of excellence within the IOD; increased engagement with both internal and external partners; advancement of our research and scholarly work; improved infrastructure; and a strengthened financial position. These initiatives align with emerging national, regional, and state priorities in the field of disabilities and provide a strong framework for the IOD moving forward.
The IOD will continue to work collaboratively with our many partners and apply our passion and commitment to the systemic and social change that improves the lives of children, youth, and adults with disabilities.

We look forward to working with you to advance our common goals.

Charles Drum, MPA, JD, Ph.D.
Director, Institute on Disability / UCED
University of New Hampshire


  • Strategic Plan Overview (pdf) - This summary represents the fiscal year 2014 to fiscal year 2017 Strategic Plan for the Institute on Disability/UCED (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Strategic Plan Report (pdf) - This report outlines the process by which the IOD developed its strategic plan, inventories the organization's strategic initiatives, and illuminates the strategies by which the IOD will achieve operational implementation of the plan. The plan identifies the IOD's strategic intentions, key activities, and their outcomes.

Supporting this Strategic Plan will be annual operations, business, and development plans with clear goals and tactics, benchmarks, metrics, and an organizational commitment to continuous improvement and evaluation to ensure that the IOD consistently measures progress, learns from its efforts, and adjusts plans and activities to ensure progress.