Mary Schuh, PhD

Director of Development & Consumer Affairs


  • Ph.D., Education, University of New Hampshire, 2002
  • M.S., Special Education, Syracuse University, 1987
  • B.S., Special Education, State University of New York at Geneseo, 1984

Professional Background

Dr. Mary Schuh has been with the Institute on Disability since its inception in 1987, working to coordinate family and consumer leadership development and educational systems change activities in the areas of: preschool, students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, higher education, and students with complex medical issues. Dr. Schuh has more than 20 years of experience in inclusive schools and communities and project management. She is currently working on systems change in the areas of personnel preparation, leadership development, and inclusive education. She teaches a course on Introduction to Exceptionality and Educating Students with Disabilities in High School at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Schuh has consulted extensively in the United States, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom on issues related to supporting students with disabilities and their families in typical school and community environments. Among her many projects, Dr. Schuh is the Principal Investigator for the National Inclusive Education Initiative (NIEI) and the Special Education Teacher Certification in Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities academic program. She continues in the role of advisor on the award-winning documentary, Including Samuel, and is the author and co-author of a variety of books and other publications related to inclusive schooling.


A Bold Vision When students with disabilities are provided appropriate instruction and supports, they can learn grade-level general education curriculum, communicate in ways that are commensurate with their same-age peers without disabilities, have meaningful social relationships, and graduate from high school—college and career ready.
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The New Hampshire Leadership Series has been supporting and challenging NH self-advocates and family members to further develop, strengthen and utilize their leadership skills since 1988. With 900 graduates, we are a state that is strong on leadership and advocacy that is initiated and driven by our leadership graduates.
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.

Mary Schuh
Curriculum Vitae: 
Institute on Disability
56 Old Suncook Road, Suite 2
Concord, NH 03301