Institute on Disability Receives $5,000 To Train Leaders and Advocates
By Matthew Gianino, Institute on Disability / UCED
March 21, 2007
The Institute on Disability (IOD) at UNH has received $5,000 from the
New Hampshire Bar Association to support the IOD’s New Hampshire
Leadership Series. Started in 1988, the series provides intensive training
for individuals with disabilities and family members to effect change
in their personal lives and their communities.
The grant from the New Hampshire Bar Association supports the Leadership
Series’ culminating experience, the Legislative Session, which
includes training in the legislative process and meetings at the State
House with legislators.
“Legislators have consistently reported that they learn as much
or more during this session than they share with participants,” says
Mary Schuh, associate director of the IOD. Schuh adds that past legislative
sessions have resulted in action from legislators on disability-related
The New Hampshire Leadership Series serves families of people with disabilities
and adults with disabilities from around the state, from rural parts
of the North Country to Seacoast towns to urban centers. Through the
Leadership Series, these individuals and their families are equipped
with the skills and the support to participate in creating and enacting
legislation that responds to issues of poverty, unemployment, and lack
of education, health care, and transportation, all of which affect people
with disabilities disproportionately.
The IOD’s 2007 New Hampshire Leadership Series is supported by
the New Hampshire Bar Association, Stanley M. and Thalia M. Brown Fund,
and the Judge Richard E. Cooper Fund.