Dr. Therese Willkomm Is Keynote Presenter at Gulf Region Education Assistive Technology Conference in Qatar

DURHAM, N.H. – From April 23 – 26, 2017, Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., a Clinical Associate Professor at the Institute on Disability was a keynote presenter at the 2017 Gulf Region Education Assistive Technology (GREAT) Conference in Doha, Qatar.

She taught day-long courses on Making Assistive Technology Devices in Minutes and an iPad Bootcamp in pre-conference masterclasses. During the two day conference she also presented on “101 ways to use an iPad camera out to support individuals with disabilities” and “Apps for OCD, ADHD, LD, Anxiety, and Executive Function Impairments.”

Just Released: 2017 New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Report

In New Hampshire (NH), 54 percent of adults with mobility and/or cognitive disabilities get insufficient daily physical activity. This is much higher than the 30 percent of adults without these disabilities who also do not meet minimum U.S. guidelines for exercise. This and other findings are highlighted in the new NH Disability & Public Health Report.

Summer RAP Sheet: Advances in Assistive Technology

Advances in technology are moving at an unprecedented pace. Highly sophisticated smartphones, tablets, and other devices and their easily downloaded apps are opening up whole new worlds for everyone, but especially for people with disabilities. In this issue we look at how assistive technology is providing individuals with disabilities opportunities to learn, work, and play with significantly greater independence.

nTIDE May 2017 Jobs Report: Longest Stretch of Job Gains Continues for Americans with Disabilities

nTIDE: Comparison of People With and Without Disabilities (May 2016 & 2017)Durham, NH – Job gains continued for Americans with disabilities in May, extending the trend to 14 consecutive months, 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).


From March 20-22, 2017 LEND trainees from NH and Maine traveled to Washington, DC, to participate in the Disability Policy Seminar (DPS) where they received intensive advocacy training and met with their elected officials and staff on Capitol Hill. This year’s trip was especially timely and memorable as it took place just before the Congressional vote on the American Health Care Act of 2017.

iCreATe for Paralysis

This spring, the Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH) project received a $75,000 High Impact Innovation Quality of Life Grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for the “iCreATe for Paralysis” program.

“I am so excited for our work on this project using the momentum from the current ‘Maker’s Movement,’” shares Dr. Therese Willkomm, Director of ATinNH. “I’m excited to begin this project as we empower New Hampshire residents with the tools, materials, and knowledge to create solutions in minutes for individuals who experience paralyzing conditions.”

New Grants & Contracts

  • The Center for START Services recently received a contract from the State of Georgia to conduct a Professional Learning Community training for their Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities senior leadership as well as perform a statewide systems analysis to inform the State about strengths and challenges related to serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and behavioral health issues.