Kathy Bates

Disability Policy and Training Specialist


  • B.A., Elementary Education, St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, NC

Professional Background

Kathy Bates is a teacher, advocate, and writer. She believes in everyone’s right to full citizenship and envisions a future where disability is seen as just another form of diversity.

After receiving her BA degree in Elementary Education from St. Andrews University in North Carolina, she began her teaching career. Kathy has worked extensively with both children and adults with disabilities. The opportunity to challenge herself and use her lifetime of experience with disability came when she was offered the chance to co-teach a graduate level class at UNH called Contemporary Issues and Developmental Disabilities. Personally understanding the need for excellent support within the community for people with disabilities, she was also excited to co-teach, Supporting People into Community Life, a class for Direct Support Professionals at Great Bay Community College. In 2014, Kathy completed the LEND program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental disabilities). The purpose of the course is to improve health outcomes for children with developmental disabilities by training leaders in the field of maternal and child health.

Ms. Bates started her own business called Wings and Wheels Consulting Services. She has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences and workshops around New England. Kathy is a respected advocate for people with disabilities in the areas of employment, self-directed care, education, and rights. She was a keynote speaker at the NH Transition Community of Practice 2014 Summit. Kathy really enjoys presenting. She loves to use her life experiences and sense of humor to educate and engage the audience.

Kathy has Cerebral Palsy.


The New Hampshire Disability and Health Program (DHP) improves the health and quality of life of people with disabilities in NH by implementing evidence-based strategies to reduce unmet health needs, increase access to preventive health care, and facilitate the adoption of healthy behaviors.
The NH and ME Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration among Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire, and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine-Orono. The purpose of NH-ME LEND is to improve the health of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by preparing leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health.

Ms. Kathy Bates
UNH Institute on Disability