Congratulations Legislators!

November’s election marked victories for three NH Leadership Alumni who were inspired by Leadership to enter this field of public service.   

Congratulations to incumbent Tamara Le, Class of 2010, Wendy Chase, Class of 2018, and Gaby Grossman, Class of 2015 for winning their races for state representatives.  We are proud of each one of you and we are grateful to have you in Concord representing people with disabilities and their families!

The Amazing Class of 2019

The NH Leadership Series Class of 2019 has gotten off to a fantastic start and participants already are showing their skills in so many arenas!   

During the History Session, one of New Hampshire’s most beloved advocates, Freda Smith, honored us with her presence and talked about her role in closing Laconia State School.  Freda organized people in the 80’s and 90’s to take a stand against the poor treatment of people who had disabilities at Laconia State School and institutions like it that warehoused individuals with disabilities.   

Institute on Disability Receives $350,000 Grant from Annie Forts Up Syndrome Fund

DURHAM, N.H. - The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has been awarded a $350,000 grant by the Annie Forts Up Syndrome Fund to establish the Annie Forts Up Syndrome Leadership Training Fund. It will benefit the New Hampshire Leadership Series and is intended to be distributed over the next ten to fifteen years for programmatic and scholarship support.

Institute on Disability Receives $350,000 Grant from Annie Forts Up Syndrome Fund

DURHAM, N.H. - The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has been awarded a $350,000 grant by the Annie Forts Up Syndrome Fund to establish the Annie Forts Up Syndrome Leadership Training Fund. It will benefit the New Hampshire Leadership Series and is intended to be distributed over the next ten to fifteen years for programmatic and scholarship support.

Job Crafting Study

The Career Self-Management through Job Crafting Study at the University of New Hampshire is looking for volunteers to take part in a study to develop and test a program to help people to re-envision and refine aspects of their jobs. You may be eligible to participate if you:

nTIDE December 2018 Jobs Report: Outlook remains optimistic despite dip in job numbers for Americans with disabilities

Durham, NH – Economic indicators for Americans with disabilities dipped in December, in contrast to the gains seen for people without disabilities, 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). Employment experts remain optimistic for growth in 2019 given the overall upward pattern in 2018.

Institute on Disability Receives Challenge Grant for an Inclusive College Program

DURHAM, N.H. - The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the John Vance ACCESS Fund, a donor-advised fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, to support the implementation of the UNH-4U program, a new initiative providing an inclusive college experience to students with intellectual disabilities.  The IOD is currently seeking an additional $150,000 in matching contributions necessary to begin the admissions process for students.  

LEND in Action: Ben Martin, MSW

Nearly eight years following his graduation from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) master’s degree program in Social Work and the NH-ME LEND Program, Ben Martin highlights the value of his LEND training in numerous ways.  LEND was instrumental in informing his understanding of 1) the challenges faced by families and caregivers of children and youth with disabilities and special health care needs, 2) the impacts that systems and policies that create those systems have on those individuals, and 3) the incredible depth of individual humanity and the emotional lives of members of a group th