Leadership Legacies

The NH Leadership Series is over 30 years old with 1000 + graduates strong. We are now watching children of our earliest Leadership parents graduating from the Series and earning nine college credits! Lisa Beaudoin graduated from the NH Leadership Series in 2014 and her son, Forrest, graduated as a member of the class of 2018. We asked Lisa and Forrest to comment on their experience.

How did it feel watching your son graduate from a program you have also attended?

Spring Updates

1000 and counting… Leadership Graduates are working across and up and down New Hampshire and beyond, and Leaders are putting in the time and passion to create positive change in the lives of people with disabilities and their families. 


Making its way through the NH Legislature is an exciting new special education bill proposed by Rep. Michelle St. John of Hillsborough District 27.

Living Well Grant Presses Onward

The Living Well grant (LW Grant), a 5-year grant funded by the Administration on Community Living (ACL), supports state partners in enhancing and assuring the well-being of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities living in the community by improving the quality of the services and supports provided by disability service providers (DSPs). During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the LW Grant was able to swiftly support the immediate needs of DSPs in relation to two projects.

COVID-19 Spotlight Story: OSHP Consults Portsmouth Health Officers

New Hampshire hasn’t faced a pandemic like COVID-19 before, at least not since the Spanish Flu.  As the state began taking measures to encourage social distancing, workers deemed essential continued to support the public despite limited guidelines and access to PPE. To help protect our Granite State’s workforce, Portsmouth Health Officers reached out to the Institute on Disability’s Dr. Karla Armenti for assistance.  

RENEW and Wraparound Teams Support New Ways of Working

All of us are now in the situation of making major and often stressful adjustments to how and where we work. Additionally, many of us have added responsibilities of supporting our children to learn while at home. The RENEW and Wraparound staff at the IOD were immediately faced with the challenge of how to support treatment providers and educators who are working with children and youth with significant emotional and behavioral concerns and their families.

IOD Responds to COVID-19

At the Institute on Disability, we’re working to do our part to ensure the safety, well-being, and health of the communities in which we operate by providing technology, tips and resources for individuals with disabilities, their families, and providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.