Mary Schuh, PhD

Director of Development & Consumer Affairs


  • Ph.D., Education, University of New Hampshire, 2002
  • M.S., Special Education, Syracuse University, 1987
  • B.S., Special Education, State University of New York at Geneseo, 1984

Professional Background

Mary is the 2017-2018 Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Disability Policy Fellow working with Senator Patty Murray, Ranking Member of the U.S. Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.  She has been with the UNH Institute on Disability/UCED since its inception in 1987, working to coordinate family and consumer leadership development and inclusive educational systems change through the Center on Inclusive Education. As a Research Associate Professor in the UNH Education Department, she teaches courses preparing future leaders to educate all students in their neighborhood schools and general education classrooms. Dr. Schuh has consulted extensively in the United States, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom on issues related to supporting students with disabilities and their families in typical school and community environments and family and consumer leadership. She serves in the role of adviser on the award-winning documentaries, Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly has ALS, and Dan Habib’s upcoming film, Intelligent Lives. She is the author and co-author of a variety of books and other publications related to inclusive schooling and consumer and family leadership.  When she is not living and working on Capitol Hill, her home is in Concord, New Hampshire with her 10,000 honeybees.


A Bold Vision When students with disabilities are provided appropriate instruction and supports, they can learn grade-level general education curriculum, communicate in ways that are commensurate with their same-age peers without disabilities, have meaningful social relationships, and graduate from high school—college and career ready.
The Latest in Disability, Research, Advocacy, Policy, and Practice The RAP Sheet is a semi-annual eNewsletter presenting the latest in disability research, advocacy, policy, and practice. The RAP Sheet is a collaborative newsletter of the New Hampshire Disabilities Rights Center, the Institute on Disability and the New Hampshire Developmental Disabilities Council.
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 1000 graduates, we are a state that is strong on leadership and advocacy that is initiated and driven by our leadership graduates.
The University of New Hampshire’s Departments of Education and Social Work, in collaboration with the Institute on Disability, are offering an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in Trauma-Informed Schools and Communities: promoting, through multi-tiered systems of support, equity and diversity among children and youth.

Mary Schuh
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Institute on Disability
57 Regional Drive, Unit 8
Concord, NH 03301