Age of Champions Health Fair

On Saturday, April 22, 2017, the Center on Aging and Community Living (CACL) hosted their 5th Annual Age of Champions event. This free community event promoted healthy living and celebrated longevity among older adults. Taking place at the UNH Field House, the event brought together community members, UNH faculty and students, and a variety of stakeholders dedicated to optimizing the experience of older adulthood and empowering older adults to remain engaged, active, and healthy.

Senator Maggie Hassan gathers with Self-Advocates at 5th Annual Advocacy: Learn It! Live It! Love It! Conference

On Friday, May 5, 2017 Advocate NH hosted its 5th Annual Advocacy: Learn It! Live It! Love It! Conference at the Grappone Center in Concord, NH. Samuel Habib, who was featured in the film Including Samuel, gave the keynote presentation at the event.

The theme of the 2017 conference, High Five!, represented a celebration of five years of advocates around the state and region coming together and learn about strategies to live a full and productive life. The IOD has been a partner in the conference since the beginning. 

Did You Know?

“Trauma” is a broad term for an event or series of events that cause a person to feel threatened or fearful. Trauma includes physical, sexual, emotional, and financial abuse along with a broad range of social abuses including bullying, name-calling, exclusion, and neglect. The effects of trauma are wide ranging and can lead to psychosocial challenges, complex l behavioral health concerns, and chronic health issues. Trauma, however, isn’t always considered as the root cause of an individual’s health or behavioral issues.

The 2017-2018 NH Leadership Series Concludes with Gala and Graduation

On Saturday, April 8, 2017 22 individuals from across New Hampshire graduated from the 2016-2017 New Hampshire Leadership Series (NH Leadership).

Saturday’s graduation was the end of a busy week which included the Annual Reunion Gala and Fundraiser on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The most successful event thus far, more than 125 alumni, families, and supporters joined the 2016-17 class to celebrate the program, catch up with classmates, and together raised more than $13,000 to support future years of NH Leadership.

The 2017-2018 NH Leadership Series Concludes with Gala and Graduation

On Saturday, April 8, 2017 22 individuals from across New Hampshire graduated from the 2016-2017 New Hampshire Leadership Series (NH Leadership).

Saturday’s graduation was the end of a busy week which included the Annual Reunion Gala and Fundraiser on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The most successful event thus far, more than 125 alumni, families, and supporters joined the 2016-17 class to celebrate the program, catch up with classmates, and together raised more than $13,000 to support future years of NH Leadership.

Now Accepting Submissions for the 2018 IOD Calendar

The deadline for 2018 calendar submissions has been extended until Friday, july 14, 2017.

Since 2000, the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has produced a full-color calendar, distributed nationally and internationally, featuring 13 original works of art coupled with inspirational quotes.

We are currently inviting artists to submit artwork to be considered for our 2018 Calendar. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your talent with a large and diverse audience. Here are some simple submission guidelines for artists to follow:

nTIDE April 2017 Jobs Report: Upward Trend Continues with Modest Job Gains for Americans with Disabilities

nTIDE: Comparison of People With and Without Disabilities (April 2016 & April 2017)Durham, NH – Job gains continued for Americans with disabilities at a more modest rate, 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). This encouraging trend has extended to 13 months.

Life After LEND: Keeping in touch with NH-ME LEND Alumni 

Kate Quinn-Finlay (NH-ME LEND 2015) is the Director of Child and Family Services at Easter Seals Maine.  Her professional career has been focused on working with individuals across the lifespan who experience IDD and their families. Kate strives to bring a desire to create inclusive services and communities across the lifespan to her professional work. She completed her LEND training 2015.