Trish Cox: Working to Improve Systems of Care for Young Children

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.

Supervisors share effective ways to include people with disabilities in the workplace

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.

Keeping the Lifespan Perspective: Karen Gage Bensley

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.

Quality Housing for All! 

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.