Ann Donoghue Dillon

Family & Clinical Faculty, New Hampshire Leadership Series Coordinator


  • M.Ed., University of New Hampshire, 1998
  • B.S., Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire, 1975

Professional Background

Since Ann's career began as an occupational therapist, she has enjoyed supporting young children, their families and providers and working to provide supports and services that are family-centered. Her interests in inclusive education, autism, developmental disabilities, and leadership have been fueled by these connections and passions. Ensuring NH has a strong Leadership program, increasing the use of person-centered planning, organizing and designing responsive supports and systems, and pre-service and continuing education are personal priorities. Through the IOD, Ann is the Coordinator of the NH Leadership Series. She also coordinates off-site clinical placements for the NH-ME LEND program and is their CORE Family Faculty member, and she supports the GEMSS project through NEGC. She has worked with many community, state, country and governmental agencies in the areas of systems change, medical home, positive behavioral supports, family-centered care, autism and developmental disabilities. She has recently traveled to Belarus to teach parents and professionals about inclusive education and supporting parents through the International Child Fund project. Ann is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and the State of New Hampshire. As the parent of a wonderful daughter who had disabilities and who is now deceased, Ann applies her parenting experience to the Institute’s work in education, inclusion, medical and family support.


The New Hampshire Leadership Series has been supporting and challenging NH self-advocates and family members to further develop, strengthen and utilize their leadership skills since 1988. With 900 graduates, we are a state that is strong on leadership and advocacy that is initiated and driven by our leadership graduates.
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.

Ann Dillon
Institute on Disability
56 Old Suncook Road, Suite 2
Concord, NH 03301