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About the Institute on Disability

The Institute on Disability was established in 1987 to provide a university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of people with disabilities and their families and is New Hampshire’s University Center for Excellence in Disability (UCED). Located within the University of New Hampshire, the IOD is a federally designated center authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Act. Through innovative and interdisciplinary research, academic, service, and dissemination initiatives, the IOD builds local, state, and national capacities to respond to the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families.


The IOD promotes full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all persons by strengthening communities and advancing policy and systems change, promising practices, education, and research.


The IOD envisions a future where all people, including individuals living with disabilities, are fully engaged members of communities and where culturally appropriate supports that lead to independence, productivity, and a satisfying quality of life are available to individuals and families across the life span.


The IOD values the participation of people with disabilities, the community, family members, and a culturally diverse membership in its governance and research, teaching, and service activities. The IOD works to advance principles of choice, family and consumer-directed supports, community inclusion and cultural competence throughout the life span. It does this through:

  • INTEGRITY ... in its working relationships, practices, and decisions.
  • LEADERSHIP... in generating and advancing promising practices.
  • EXCELLENCE ... both in its individual and collective actions.
  • SERVICE ... to communities, people with disabilities and their families, UNH, the public, and others who are affected by its work.
  • RESPECT ... for individuals’ roles, diversity, contribution, and viewpoints.
  • COOPERATION ... in the planning, management, and work of the IOD.
  • COMMITMENT ... to improving the lives of people with disabilities and their families.
  • PARTNERSHIPS ... with other individuals, diverse groups, organizations, and people with disabilities and their families.
  • OPENNESS ... in communications and decision-making.

Annual Report

The Institute on Disability produces an annual report to document and summarize the year’s accomplishments and outcomes and highlight many of its innovative and interdisciplinary research, academic, service, and dissemination initiatives.

In addition to the Annual Report, the following organizational "CV" describes and inventories the IOD’s scholarly activities conducted between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.