Institute on Disability / UCED

2017 Annual Report
Image Caption: Members of the the 2017 NH Leadership Series Class at the Barbara C. Harris Conference Center in Greenfield, NH.

July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017


The Institute on Disability/UCED (IOD) was established in 1987 to provide a university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, 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.

From the Director

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Linda Bimbo I am happy to present to you the Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report for the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire. We are particularly proud of all we were able to accomplish this past year and hope this report paints a comprehensive picture of our work and impact in an accessible and user-friendly format.

This year, which included our 30th Anniversary and the end of our most recent strategic plan, was a year of reflection. We ended our fiscal year with the adoption of a new five-year strategic plan to strengthen our impact on policy and practice, enhance services to individuals, and ensure the long-term viability of the organization. We look forward to sharing our successes in those areas in the coming years.

Thank you for taking the time to review this report. I welcome any comments and feedback you have about the work of the IOD and appreciate your ongoing support and partnership.


Linda Bimbo's  Signature

Linda Bimbo
Acting Director, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire


The 2017 IOD Annual Report contains data from the FY 2017 Report on Scholarly Activity and Engagement. For additional information about the Institue on Disability,
please visit the IOD website (opens new window).

Research & Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles


Peer-Reviewed Articles


Books and Book Chapters


Training Curricula


Other Dissemination Materials


UNH Courses

15 UNH Courses
190 Students

Guest Lectures

12* Guest Lectures

Number of Students

6 E-Learning Courses
632* Students

*Represents an all-time high


Peer-Reviewed and Invited Presentations


10* International


116 National

State and Local

43 State and Local

Outreach & Engagement

26,620 Email Subscribers
228** Mass Emails

544 Bookstore Orders
96.2% Bookstore Satisfaction Rate

35 Press Releases
19 Mentions in the Media

67,233* Website Visits
49,783* Website Visitors
5,960* Website Downloads

Social Media

Twitter Followers & Tweets

3,410* Twitter Followers
960 Tweets

3,407* Facebook Followers
716* Posts

22 IOD Blog Posts
1,374* Visits

YouTube Views

70* YouTube Videos
34,479* Min. Watched

  • *Represents an all-time high


Tobey Partch-Davies
Tobey Partch-Davies
Project Director

Improving Outcomes For Individuals With Disabilities

Tobey Partch-Davies is working to increase opportunities for individuals with disabilities. An IOD Project Director, she teaches The Right to Be Disabled and is the Co-Chair of the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities.

Tobey, using NH-ME LEND trainees, spends much of her time evaluating the implementation fidelity and outcomes for NH’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, which works to support and strengthen families with children up to 3 in their home to improve outcomes. In addition, Tobey serves on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Disability Review Committee, where she’s introducing their financial empowerment training for individuals with disabilities to NH.

College is an important rite of passage which opens doors to independent living and competitive employment.

Tobey has been working to build a coalition to design a comprehensive transition program at UNH. Students with intellectual disabilities would be able to attend UNH classes, receive academic and peer mentoring, and have a fully inclusive UNH experience. The model has strong support, and is currently working to secure funding.

“Students with intellectual disabilities don’t have the access to higher education as others do,” explains Tobey. “It is an important rite of passage which opens doors to independent living and competitive employment.”

All of her work is positioned to take off in the next year, and its impact will be exciting.

To learn more about MIECHV, visit the MIECHV Project on the IOD website. (opens new window)

Hannah Lane
Hannah Lane
EC-SEAT Alumna

Connecting Children & Families With Assistive Technology

Hannah Lane has always been particularly drawn to kids with behavioral challenges. In May 2015, she received her Masters in Early Childhood Education: Special Needs from the University of New Hampshire.

In her first year of graduate school, Hannah applied to the Early Childhood Special Education Assistive Technology (EC-SEAT) Project to be more competitive in the job market. One of the program’s strengths, according to Hannah, was the team approach the faculty took in a way that mirrored the workplace.

Instead of looking at technology as a babysitter, I teach them how to use it as a tool to further their own knowledge.

Hannah is now an Early Intervention Specialist with Easterseals New Hampshire, the site of her EC-SEAT program internship. She recently introduced one of her families to an app she learned about in her class to help them work with their child at the dinner table to make choices.

“With the amount that children know about technology, often before we do, it is important to show parents and families how they can use it,” shares Hannah. “Instead of looking at technology as a babysitter, I teach them how to use it as a tool to further their own knowledge.”

Hannah’s involvement with EC-SEAT didn’t end at graduation, she still finds herself in touch with faculty and staff, and serves as a mentor to EC-SEAT participants. Thus far, she’s mentored two students, where her experience in the program makes her a valuable resource.

To learn more about the EC-SEAT Project, visit the EC-SEAT project on the IOD website. (opens new window)

Michael McSheehan
Michael McSheehan
Project Director

Building Capacity to Improve Outcomes for ALL Students

Michael McSheehan has been connected to the IOD for almost 30 years in many roles since his time as a UNH undergraduate, including assistive technology projects, refining and evaluating the Beyond Access Model, and working on working on school- and system-wide Inclusive Education efforts.

For the past six years, Michael has led work to design and implement the national technical assistance system for SWIFT (School-wide Integrated Framework for Transformation), based at the University of Kansas. SWIFT builds whole system—state, district, school, and community—capacity to provide academic and behavioral support to improve outcomes for all students.

This past year, Michael collaborated with Vermont’s state education agency to enhance their capacity with implementation science, apply use of the SWIFT framework at school and district levels, and build a unified understanding of Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). Vermont is now using this to develop and roll out new state-wide guidance on MTSS which will set the standard for all Vermont schools and students.

I can't imagine doing anything else. I want to do this for the rest of my life.

Michael sees his current work as a continuation of many of the IOD projects he’s worked on in the past, particularly the Beyond Access Model school-based work and NH Responds broad systems work. “I can’t imagine doing anything else,” shares Michael. “I want to do this for the rest of my life.”

To learn more about the SWIFT Center, visit the SWIFT Center online. (opens new window)

Nick Chestnut
Nick Chestnut

Building Bridges Between Providers to Ensure Success

Nick Chestnut is a funny, friendly, and goal-oriented 29-year-old, who experiences Prader-Willi Syndrome. He lives in his own apartment, receives in-home support, and owns “Nickels & Dimes,” a recycling business.

Changes to Iowa’s Medicaid program made finding consistent staffing difficult. This inconsistency led to challenging behavior from Nick, making staffing more difficult. That’s when the Iowa START (I-START) program became involved.

Nick and his family met with Nick’s START coordinator, Felicia, where she learned more about Nick, his family, and his system of supports. She developed a START Comprehensive Service Evaluation, which provides an in-depth review of an individual’s history of services in order to identify opportunities to strengthen service outcomes for individuals, their families, and teams. Felicia balanced the need for each member of the team to be heard, understood, and supported, while also promoting positive changes in the way Nick’s team worked with him.

This will do what I always knew we needed, it provides the big picture.

“The Comprehensive Service Evaluation does what I always knew we needed – provides the big picture,” shares Karla Chestnut, Nick’s mother. “This is valuable as more new people enter into Nick’s care. No one person can hold the big picture in their mind, so this document helps teams and individual caregivers see it and how it relates to their work with Nick.”

Today, Nick is happy, safe, doing well with his business, and he and his staff enjoy working together.

To learn more about the Center for START Services, visit visit the Center for START Services website. (opens new window)


Community Service Activities

Local, State, and National Committees and Boards 81
Memberships in Professional Associations 52
University Committees and Commissions 23
Editorial and Review Activities 22
Granting Agency Review Activities 5

Technical Assistance

Hours Provided


Hours Provided
Individuals Served


Individuals Served


Public Events

IOD Trainings, Workshops, Webinars, Conferences


IOD Trainings, Workshops, Webinars & Conferences


Average Satisfaction Rating


Average Satisfaction Rating
(Scale from 0-4)

*Represents an all-time high

2017 Highlights

  1. July 2016

    NH ME LEND logo The LEND Program received a new grant and changed its name to the NH-ME LEND program to reflect the strength of the collaboration between the two states

  2. August 2016

    Camp CreATe logoAssistive Technology in New Hampshire hosted Camp CreATe, a week-long, hands-on experience making, taking, and exploring Assistive Technology for home, school, work, and play.

  3. September 2016

     The NH Children’s Behavioral Health Workforce Development Network released a report looking at the workforce challenges in NH’s Community Mental Health Centers.

  4. October 2016

    Jonathon Drake Jonathon Drake won the first annual Rockstar Award from Youth M.O.V.E. New Hampshire.

  5. November 2016

    Keith Jones The New Hampshire Community of Practice on Transition hosted its 10th Annual Transition Summit with a keynote by Keith Jones.

    Dr. Therese Willkomm and staff member Dr. Therese Willkomm presented at the White House Disability and Inclusive Technology Summit.

  6. December 2016

    New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaborative logo The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaborative Equity Task Force released a white paper examining cancer prevention and screening rates among hard-to-reach, vulnerable populations in NH.

  7. January 2017

    Habib and a bunch of people in a candid photo Dan Habib presented a preview of his next film, Intelligent Lives, at “Redefining Inclusion” Diversity Panel in L.A. with actress Amy Brenneman, writer Carrie Rosen, and the cast of Born this Way.

  8. February 2017

    2017 Compendium cover image The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics hosted the State of the Science Conference, Disability Statistics: Lessons in Data Collection and Application to Policy and Practice.

    Dr. Mary Schuh Dr. Mary Schuh received Kennedy Public Policy Fellowship to spend a year in Washington, DC.

  9. March 2017

    Melissa Mandrell and two other people Melissa Mandrell is named New Hampshire Social Worker of the Year by the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers at their annual meeting.

  10. April 2017

    Group of people surrounding an older man The Center on Aging & Community Living hosted its 5th Annual Age of Champions Community Health Fair promoting healthy, active aging.

    Freda Smith The 2017-2018 NH Leadership Series concluded with a Gala honoring long-time NH disability advocate Freda Smith and a graduation ceremony for its 22-person class.

  11. May 2017

    New England Regional Genetics Network logo The NEGC program, as part of a 3-year grant renewal, changed its name to the New England Regional Genetics Network (NERGN) to highlight the national shift from a Collaborative to a Network Model.

    Karla Armenti The Endowment for Health funded the NH Occupational Health Surveillance Program’s Needs Assessment Workshop on Health and Safety Training for People with IDD.

  12. June 2017

     The release of the 2017 NH Disability & Public Health Report provided information on health disparities and health risk factors experienced by individuals with mobility and cognitive limitations in NH.

Financials, Grants, & Contracts

Total Budget

Total Number of Grants & Contracts

*Represents an all-time high

Faculty, Staff, & Leadership



Management Team

Linda BimboLinda Bimbo
Acting Director

Matthew GianinoMatthew Gianino
Interim Associate Director

Betsy HumphreysBetsy Humphreys
NH-ME LEND Training Director

Jennifer DonahueJennifer Donahue
Finance Manager

Andrew HoutenvilleAndrew Houtenville
Director of Research

JoAnne MalloyJoAnne Malloy
Research Associate Professor

Executive Committee

Linda Bimbo
Acting Director, Institute on Disability

Michael Ferrara
Dean, College of Health & Human Services, University of New Hampshire

Stephanie Patrick
Executive Director, Disability Rights Center - New Hampshire

Isadora Rodriguez-Legendre
Executive Director, New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities

Christine Santaniello
Director, New Hampshire Bureau of Developmental Services

Santina Thibedeau
Administrator, Bureau of Special Education

Consumer Advisory Council & Office Locations

Consumer Advisory Council (CAC)

  • Steve Alexander
  • Lisa Beaudoin
  • Forrest Beaudoin-Friede
  • Jennifer Bertrand
  • Deodonne Bhattarai
  • Gina Colantuoni
  • Bonnie Dunham
  • Bob English
  • Amy Girouard
  • Sandy Hicks
  • Amy Howe
  • Richard Johnson
  • Cabrinni Kulish
  • Darienne McGuinness
  • Jill Prakop
  • Marie Primeau
  • Chrissy Shaffer
  • Jim Tobin
  • Linda Wadensten
  • Kathryn Wallenstein

Office Locations

Durham Office
10 West Edge Drive, Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824
Voice: 603.862.4320 | Relay: 711
Fax: 603.862.0555

Pettee Hall Office
55 College Road, Room 103
Durham, NH 03824
Voice: 603.862.0561 | Relay: 711
Fax: 603.862.0034

Concord Office
56 Old Suncook Road, Suite 2
Concord, NH 03301
Voice: 603.228.2084 | Relay: 711
Fax: 603.862.3270

The IOD Bookstore
10 West Edge Drive, Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824
Voice: 603.862.4320 | Relay: 711
Toll Free: 800.378.0386
Fax: 603.862.0555

Professional Development Center
56 Old Suncook Road
Concord, NH 03301
Voice: 603.228.2084 | Relay: 711
Fax: 603.228.3270

Thank you!


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