National survey demonstrates that Americans with disabilities are striving to work and overcoming barriers

DURHAM, NH - A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD), have authored a new article that identifies how Americans with disabilities are striving to work and overcoming barriers to employment. Their findings are detailed in Striving to work and overcoming barriers: Employment strategies and successes of people with disabilities, which was published online February 26, 2018 by the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Dr. Therese Willkomm Receives Award from UNH President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities

DURHAM, N.H. – On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Dr. Therese Willkomm received the 2018 Faculty Award from the University of New Hampshire’s President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities. The award is given to people who foster “understanding of the issues, building a community of inclusion, raising awareness through your insight and action, and increasing opportunity and access for people with disabilities and in gratitude for your work.”

nTIDE March 2018 Jobs Report: Job Growth for Americans with Disabilities Reaches Two-Year Milestone

Durham, NH – Americans with disabilities reached a milestone this month, as the major economic indicators showed increases for the 24th consecutive month, 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). The strengthening economy underscores the value of diversity in the workplace. As hiring increases, preparing for the workplace is more important than ever for people with disabilities.

LEND Alumnae Advocates for Low-Income Families

Eight years ago I was a homeless single mother with two toddlers. I had no job and no idea how I was going to provide for my family. I had heard that there were supports for people in my situation to go back to school and earn a degree, so I took the plunge and enrolled full time at the University of Maine. Now I am working on a Master's degree, something I would never have believed I could accomplish, and getting ready to start a career in Social Work. I have had innumerable opportunities since coming back to school that have pushed me to grow both in knowledge and in self-confidence.

Just Released: 2017 Disability Statistics Compendium

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (IOD) released its 2017 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium at a February 13, 2018 event at the National Academies of Science in Washington, DC. The Compendium pulls together disability statistics on a variety of topics from numerous US federal agencies.