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About the Institute

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 Disability (UCED). 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.

Mission & Vision

The IOD promotes full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all persons by strengthening communities and advancing policy and systems change, promising practices, education, and research.

Mission & Vision

Annual Report & CV

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.

Annual Report & cv

Strategic Plan

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.

strategic plan

Consumer Advocacy Council

The Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) is the primary way the IOD involves consumers to guide our activities and priorities.

UCED & consumer advocacy