Celebrating the Life of Jonathon Drake: LEND Trainee, Mentor, and Community Partner

The NH-ME LEND program joins in remembering the many contributions of Jonathon Drake, MSW (LEND 2006) who passed away on May 23, 2018. Jonathon exemplified what it means to be a part of the LEND Network. While working on his master’s degree in social work, Jonathon participated in the NH LEND Program to expand his knowledge and skills working with individuals with disabilities and their families.

nTIDE May 2018 Jobs Report: Despite Fewer Looking for Work, Gains Continue for Americans with Disabilities

nTIDE: Comparison of People with and without disabilities (May 2017 & 2018)Durham, NH – Job gains continued for Americans with disabilities in May, although fewer were looking for work, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD).  While greater numbers of people with disabilities have entered

“Mr. Connolly Has ALS” Documentary to have Broadcast Premiere on WORLD Channel’s Local, USA

Durham, NH - As a life-long educator, Principal Gene Connolly was passionate about including students with disabilities in regular classes. Those personal connections with students and families would have a profound impact on his life when his own health and abilities declined, preventing him from continuing his career. Offering a hopeful and rewarding portrait of community and the power of inclusivity, Mr. Connolly Has ALS, by award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib, will have its national broadcast premier on WORLD Channel’s Local, USA.

The IOD Launches New Initiative Providing An Inclusive College Experience to Students with Intellectual Disabilities

More than 35,000 residents living in New Hampshire have an intellectual disability (ID). Youth and young adults with ID are significantly more likely to be underemployed and live in poverty   than same age peers, and the majority of these young people, particularly those from low-income families, lack access to meaningful post-secondary education and career opportunities that would help them change these outcomes.