NH Leadership Series Receives $350,000 Grant from Annie Forts Up Syndrome Fund

The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has been awarded a $350,000 grant by the Annie Forts Up Syndrome Fund to establish the Annie Forts Up Syndrome Leadership Training Fund. It will benefit the New Hampshire Leadership Series and is intended to be distributed over the next ten to fifteen years for programmatic and scholarship support.

The 2018 Senior Leadership Series Wraps Up Its Year

In partnership with AARP NH and the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, the Center on Aging and Community Living (CACL) wrapped up the 2018 Senior Leadership Series on November 9, 2018. The Series is an educational program that provides support and training in advocacy and leadership skills for community members in New Hampshire. The program includes five full-day sessions where participants learn about topics such as community organizing, leadership development, and best practices in older adult advocacy issues.

Jonathon Drake Memorial Fund

Jonathon Drake, who was a staff member at the Institute on Disability for over 12 years, died suddenly in May of 2018.  Jonathon worked tirelessly on behalf of youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. To keep the spirit of his work alive and in honor of his work, Jonathon’s family and friends have launched the Jonathon Drake Memorial Fund.

Institute on Disability Receives Challenge Grant for an Inclusive College Program

The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the John Vance ACCESS Fund, a donor-advised fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, to support the implementation of the UNH-4U program, a new initiative providing an inclusive college experience to students with intellectual disabilities.  The IOD is currently seeking an additional $150,000 in matching contributions necessary to begin the admissions process for students.  

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Child Traumatic Stress

Stephen Meister, MD, MHSA spoke to the LEND faculty and trainees on child traumatic stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences.  Dr. Meister is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician on the Pediatric Rapid Evaluation Program team at the Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center at Maine General Medical Center.  The Pediatric Rapid Evaluation Team is devoted to meeting the medical and psychological needs of children in foster care and children are seen only upon referral by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.  Dr.