The Institute on Disability improves knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of people with disabilities & their families.
The IOD aligns its projects and strategic initiatives with current and emerging national, regional, and state priorities related to individuals with disabilities. A majority of IOD grants and programs are concentrated within the following areas:
Assistive Technology, Community Living & Employment, Health & Genetics, Inclusive Early Care & Education
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The IOD makes significant contributions to the body of knowledge related to disability through its research and evaluation. Whether faculty and staff are collecting and analyzing data, facilitating focus groups, conducting model demonstration projects, or evaluating project outcomes, IOD research is informing the services, systems, and policies that positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities.
The IOD is dedicated to preparing leaders in disability-related fields through innovative learning experiences, interdisciplinary teaching models, and programs of study that incorporate universal design principles, include self-advocates’ perspectives, and employ varied instructional methods and formats.
The IOD supports the efforts of consumers and professionals to create more inclusive communities by providing local, regional, and national services, that represent current and emerging best practices.
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Dr. Waisbren works at the Fragile X Program and the Metabolism Program at Boston Children's Hospital.