UCED & Partners
A University Center for Excellence in Disability
The Institute on Disability is a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), a network of 67 university-based Centers located in every state and territory in the United States. The IOD, working with the Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, is the flagship for New Hampshire's University Center for Excellence in Disability (UCED).
Since 1963, UCEDs have been working to accomplish a shared vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity, and community inclusion are key components of this vision.
Centers are in a unique position to facilitate the flow of disability-related information between community and university. Centers work with people with disabilities, members of their families, state and local government agencies, and community providers in projects that provide training, technical assistance, service, research, and information sharing, with a focus on building the capacity of communities to sustain all their citizens. Centers have played key roles in every major disability initiative over the past four decades. Many issues, such as early intervention, health care, community-based services, inclusive and meaningful education, transition from school to work, employment, housing, assistive technology, and transportation have been directly benefited by the services, research, and training provided by UCEDs.
The IOD works closely with local and state agencies to advance policies and practices that improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and their families.
For more information, visit the AUCD website at www.aucd.org
The Executive Committee is collectively made up of leaders across several non profit, government, and academic institutions in New Hampshire with an emphasis on disability, education, health, and social services. The Committee meets at least twice per year to review progress toward joint initiatives and identify organizational priorities.
Executive Committee members include:
- Richard Cohen, Executive Director, Disabilities Rights Center
- Charles Drum, Director, Institute on Disability
- Michael Ferrara, Dean, College of Health & Human Services, University of New Hampshire
- Susan Fox, Associate Director, Institute on Disability
- Lorene Reagan, Director, New Hampshire Bureau of Developmental Services
- Carol Stamatakis, Executive Director, New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities
- Clyde Terry, CEO, Granite State Independent Living
- Santina Thibedeau, Administrator, Bureau of Special Education