Inclusive Early Care & Education

THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER 2013 The state of New Hampshire has worked with the Institute on Disability since 2002 to implement a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) focused on behavior in high schools.  This initiative, called Achievement in Dropout Prevention and Excellence (APEX), includes implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) combined with an individualized s... Learn More
The Bridges Training Series is a college and career training series. It is currently offered online, with four trainings designed to prepare young adults ages 18-24 with intellectual disabilities for higher education, independent living, and careers. The four trainings are: Academic and Assistive Technology, Setting & Realizing Goals Using Person-Centered Planning, Healthy & Social Aspects of Life, and Next Steps in ... Learn More
The goal of the Building Futures Together program is to prepare 98 paraprofessionals in healthcare and school settings to provide specialized enhanced care coordination to children, youth and their caregivers whose parents are impacted by opioid use disorders (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD). The program provides an intensive on the job training experience and didactic instruction so that trainees ... Learn More
Resilience, Empowerment, and Natural Supports for Education and Work (RENEW) Creating Hope, Building Futures, Changing Lives RENEW is a structured school-to-career transition planning and individualized wraparound process for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. Developed in 1996 by staff at the Institute on Disability (IOD), RENEW is being provided by schools, community mental health centers, communi... Learn More
THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE UNH DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION In 1987 a small group of academics at UNH, in partnership with families and community organizations, got together to address the question of how and where to place students newly released from the last of New Hampshire’s institutional schools. A radical idea was suggested – to include these students in their age-appropriate general education classrooms at their ... Learn More
THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER 2014 The Family-Centered Transition Project is a collaboration between the Institute on Disability and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies at the University of Maine, to demonstrate an innovative approach to the transition of individuals with autism spectrum disorders from high school to adult life.  The transition services consist of three compone... Learn More
THIS PROJECT WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE WESTCHESTER INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN  JULY 2021 Dan Habib's award-winning documentary film Including Samuel examines the educational and social inclusion of youth with disabilities. The film is built on the Habib family's efforts to include Samuel, now 17, in all facets of their lives, a journey that transforms each of them. Including Samuel also features four othe... Learn More
THIS BODY OF WORK WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE WESTCHESTER INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN JULY 2021 The Inclusive Communities Project at the Institute on Disability (IOD) leverages the IOD’s expertise and the power of documentary film to promote greater acceptance and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in schools and communities through curriculum, training, public awareness, and worldwide outrea... Learn More
This project was completed in July 2017 During his 14-year tenure at Concord High School, Principal Gene Connolly was known for his non-stop energy, his love of rock & roll, and the personal connections he made with many of the school’s 1,600 students. However, in 2014, Connolly became known for something very different: the rapid loss of his ability to walk and speak due to the debilitating effects of Amyotrophic Later... Learn More
Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a data-driven behavioral support and improvement framework that consists of three levels, each specifically designed to prevent disruption and address the behavioral support needs of students at risk of school failure:  School-wide Level:  A School-wide Leadership or “Universal” team is formed in the school, and consists of approximately 10-12 teachers, administrators, special educ... Learn More
THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER 2016 The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) is applying the lessons learned from the past decade of research on alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA‐AAS) to develop a multi‐state comprehensive assessment system for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The project draws on a strong research base to develop an AA‐AAS t... Learn More
THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER 2011 For Students with Autism and Related Disabilities The NIEI is focused on improving educational services and outcomes for students with autism and related disabilities through efforts in the areas of leadership development, personnel preparation, professional development, model demonstration, clinical evaluation services, and research and policy, briefly described n... Learn More
THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER 2016 Next Steps NH is a federally-funded project designed to improve the capacity of schools and communities to improve the outcomes of youth with disabilities and youth at risk of failing high school. The project delivers evidence-supported transition practice training and technical supports to schools districts throughout the state. Youth with disabilities drop out of... Learn More
THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN JUNE 2014 In New Hampshire and nationally, current data on students who require communication supports suggests that 50% do not have any communication device in place. For the other 50%, what is provided may not meet their needs. Students who have limited or no speech are not able to fully participate in their school or home life without these supports. This applies even for students with the “... Learn More
THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER 2016 The transition from secondary education to meaningful participation in adult life for individuals with significant disabilities continues to be a serious national problem. Part of the problem stems from the way in which traditional transition planning focuses on fitting youth into "what is available" in the adult service system rather than on accessing a wide array ... Learn More
This project was completed in September 2016 The Response-to-Intervention for Literacy (RTI-Lit) Program provided technical assistance and supported five pilot schools to improve reading, writing, and language skills for students struggling with literacy. Schools were selected through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Personnel received on-site training and resources to develop recommended practices and s... Learn More
THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER 2018 SWIFT Center offers school, states, and districts the ability to build capacity to scale up and sustain new practices for schoolwide inclusive reform in urban, rural, and high-need schools in grades K-8 for students with disabilities. SWIFT Center focuses on improving the knowledge and skills of classroom educators to implement inclusive schoolwide reform; increasin... Learn More
The University of New Hampshire’s Departments of Education and Social Work, in collaboration with the Institute on Disability, are offering an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (TIPP): promoting positive, strengths based development through multi-tiered systems of support, universal design for learning, equity, and inclusion among children and youth with disabilities.... Learn More
The UNH-Institute on Disability (IOD), in partnership with numerous UNH academic and administrative partners is working to provide inclusive higher education opportunities to young adults with intellectual disabilities (ID).  Planning efforts are well underway on the Durham campus to provide a 2- year day and/or residential Community Transition Program (CTP). A CTP Program is a federally recognized program at a higher educat... Learn More
This project was transferred to the Westchester Institute for Human Development in July 2021 Kelsey Carroll has one goal--to graduate from high school. But there are plenty of reasons why she shouldn’t. She attends a school with one of the highest dropout rates in New Hampshire and has dealt with homelessness, abuse, self-mutilation, and ADHD. As a freshman, she didn't earn a single academic credit, but she did get suspende... Learn More
This project was completed in September 2016 Youth Empowerment Services (YES) is a three-year initiative designed to develop and promote leadership and self-advocacy skills to help young people prepare for their future. Twenty-five young adults ages 16-22 with and without disabilities from the target areas of Concord, Manchester, and Peterborough, NH have be selected to participate in the YES project. Parents... Learn More
THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN DECEMBER 2019 Overview In July 2017, the Institute on Disability convened 10 youth-led organizations that provide youth engagement, leadership, youth peer support, and youth development opportunities, in collaboration with schools and community-based organizations, to create a framework that is common across all of their projects and organizations.  The members met monthly for ov... Learn More