Jan Nisbet, Director Of Institute On Disability, Receives Alumni Association's Highest Honor
By Kelly Calhoun, Alumni Association
October 17, 2007
Jan Nisbet, director of the Institute on Disability. Lisa Nugent, Photo Services.
The UNH Alumni Association will present its most prestigious
award — the Pettee Medal — for extraordinary achievement
and distinguished service to the state, the nation, and the
world, to Jan Nisbet, director of the UNH Institute on Disability,
on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 1:30 p.m. in the 5th floor Reading
Room in Dimond Library. A reception will follow.
Nisbet was chosen to receive the Pettee Medal as a result
of her commitment, achievement and leadership in the field
of disability services. The Institute on Disability’s
projects span an immense spectrum, from autism to inclusive
education, community living for adults to technology, health
care and public policy to leadership training. Under Nisbet’s
guidance, the institute has set as its vision a world where
all people, including those living with disabilities, are fully
engaged members of their communities and where support is available
to help individuals and families achieve independence, productivity
and a satisfying quality of life.
In addition to her position as director of the Institute on
Disability, Nisbet is a tenured associate professor in the
education department. She has conducted research and writing
for the past 20 years on topics related to school restructuring
and reform, transition from school to adult life, supported
employment, self-determination, inclusive adult lives and aging.
Nisbet also is past president of the executive board of directors
of The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (TASH),
a national organization focused on improving the lives of persons
with severe disabilities and their families through research,
training, and advocacy. She has published extensively in the
field of severe disabilities, serves on numerous editorial
advisory boards, and presents nationally and internationally.
She is principal investigator on numerous state and nationally
funded projects related to the community integration of children
and adults with severe disabilities.
The Pettee Medal was established by the Alumni Association
in 1940 to recognize individuals who exhibit the rare devotion
to service expressed by the life of the Charles Holmes Pettee,
who served the university for 62 years as professor and dean
until his death in 1938.
To attend the 2007 Pettee Medal Award ceremony, RSVP no later
than October 19 by contacting the Alumni Association at 862.2040
or 800.891.1195 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.