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.

Congratulations to Joelle Martin (NH-ME LEND 2015)

Joelle’s role as a parent of a child with a chronic health condition shifted her career path from the high-tech publishing industry toward teaching and advocacy. Following her LEND experience, Joelle was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. In her first term, Martin served on the House Ways & Means Committee and the Steering Committee of the Children's Caucus. Representative Martin was a 2018 State Legislative Leaders Foundation Emerging Leader.

Improving Oral Health for People with Disabilities

Obtaining and maintaining oral health is a critical issue for everyone in the United States, but people with disabilities encounter additional barriers to receiving adequate health care. For this reason, for the second year in-a-row, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has awarded the Institute on Disability (IOD) $7,500 to advance oral health outcomes and oral health care access for individuals with disabilities.

Dr. JoAnne M. Malloy wins Jennifer Wierwille Norton Memorial Award from the New Hampshire Children's Collaborative

Please join the Institute on Disability in congratulating Dr. JoAnne M. Malloy on being honored as the recipient of the Jennifer Wierwille Norton Memorial Award from the New Hampshire Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative (NHCBHC).  The award recognizes Dr. Malloy’s commitment to youth health, outstanding research, and her ability to inspire system improvements by building community and trust.

NH-ME LEND Graduate Honored by New Futures With Legislator of The Year Award

Rep. Joelle Martin, NH-ME LEND graduate, was recently honored with the New Hampshire Legislator of the Year award by New Futures, New Hampshire's leading health policy, and advocacy organization.

After working for a decade as an executive in publishing, Martin's focus shifted to education and advocacy. As her daughter, who has a life-threatening food allergy, entered preschool, she began to educate her family and school community about severe food allergies. Soon after, she developed an educational program about life-threatening allergies for teachers and staff.