The University of New Hampshire, with the support of the Institute on Disability, offers a variety of programs of graduate study on essential topics related to disability. These programs of study provide a solid foundation for future leaders in fields related to the lives of individuals with disabilities.The IOD has made significant effort to increase the financial accessibility of many of these programs. Grant funding, full tuition waivers, and generous scholarships are available for a limited number of highly qualified applicants in several programs. Click on any program below to learn more.
Interdisciplinary Disabilities Studies Minor
This interdisciplinary minor is offered by several of the departments in UNH's College of Health and Human Services. The minor prepares undergraduate students to apply their unique disciplinary skills in an interdisciplinary service delivery environment to work with and support individuals with disabilities and families to become fully engaged in their communities, achieving independence and increasing quality of life. The minor features coursework in education and health and human services with flexibility for application to many areas of study.
Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology
The Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology, located in the UNH Department of Occupational Therapy, is a 15-credit program, available to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher. The certificate is designed to provide practical, hands-on training in the application of assistive technology for individuals of all ages, who experience physical, sensory, and/or cognitive impairments that affect participation at home, school, or work. Coursework includes basic principles of assessment, selection, fabrication, and training in the use of assistive technology.
Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Graduate Certificate in ASD prepares its graduates to promote evidence-based, high quality, inclusive educational programs for students with ASD. This two-year program of study emphasizes that individuals with ASD have the same rights and individuals without disabilities to exert control and choice over their lives, to live independently, and to fully participate in and contribute to their communities through inclusion in the educational, economic, political, social, and cultural mainstream of society. Applicants to this certificate program must have completed a bachelor’s degree, and attendance at two of the IOD’s annual Autism Summer Institutes is required for enrollment in one of the program’s required courses.
Special Education Teacher Certification in Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
This two-year program of study prepares its graduates to work in schools as “Inclusion Facilitators” who promote evidence-based, high quality, inclusive educational programs for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The program also gives significant attention to effective education of students with ASD. Applicants must be enrolled in or have completed the M.Ed. program in special education at UNH, or a general special education certification and a master’s degree.
The New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program
The NH and ME Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration between the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth 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-ME LEND assists 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.
New Hampshire 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.