The Institute on Disability was established in 1987 to provide a university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of people with disabilities and their families and is New Hampshire’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD). Located within the University of New Hampshire, the IOD is a federally designated center authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Act. Through innovative and interdisciplinary research, academic, service, and dissemination initiatives, the IOD builds local, state, and national capacities to respond to the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families.
The IOD produces an annual report and organizational CV to document and summarize the year’s accomplishments and outcomes, as well as highlight many of its innovative and interdisciplinary research, academic, service, and dissemination initiatives.
The IOD’s Strategic Plan plays a central role in defining its path for the next three years. It is shaped through the input of external stakeholders, an analysis of environmental trends and priorities, and a comprehensive internal evaluation.
As a Developmental Disabilities Act (DD Act) Partner, the Institute on Disability works with the Disability Rights Center NH and the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities to ensure that individuals with disabilities and their families can participate in all aspects of community life. In this video, the DD Act partners discuss the importance of building leadership and supporting advocacy in the continued fight for disability justice.