Sandra Toryeanea Hicks “Sandy” died peacefully on January 22, 2020, at home in Manchester at the age of 79 after a long illness. Sandy is known for being the first recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Award in 1987 and the New Hampshire Unsung Heroine Award.
On February 11, 2020, at the Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol, in Washington, DC, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (IOD) released the 2019 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium
On January 24, the NH-ME LEND cohort and faculty met for a joint session at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. The trainees heard from leaders from both states on how to be heard, advocate and collaborate with state and national leaders on pressing disability issues as they prepare for the upcoming Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C.
Trish Cox, Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work, joined the NH-ME LEND faculty in 2016 as a mentor to the program’s social work trainees. Trish holds master’s degrees in Special Education and Social Work. She is a certified Child Life Specialist with expertise in developmentally appropriate interventions that reduce fear, anxiety, and pain for children. She also worked as an Out-of-District Transition Special Education Coordinator for the Portsmouth School Department.
East Hanover, NJ. February 6, 2020- A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD), has authored a new article that describes the practices that employers use to facilitate the inclusion of employees with disabilities in their workplaces.
Karen Gage Bensley, LEND faculty member and physical therapist, is passionate and intentional about facilitating and encouraging children of all ages with disabilities or physical impairments to participate in the joys and challenges of childhood. “I keep a lifespan perspective, knowing that how I work with a child through young adulthood affects their future health, wellness and independence”, says Bensley.
The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section within New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, Bureau of Community Health Services has been a long-standing partner with the NH-ME LEND Program.
Housing is a pressing concern for individuals with disabilities and their families across the state of Maine. Formed by a group of parents in 2006, the Maine Coalition for Housing and Quality Services (MCHQS)’s goal is to create a system of quality housing and personal supports that is person and family centered, with choice, dignity, and efficiency. There are some 4000 people involved in the Coalition, including parents, advocates, self-advocates, providers, as well as decision-makers from health and human services, special education, vocational professionals, and experts on transition.