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The mission of the President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities is to promote empowerment and inclusion of students, faculty and staff and guests with disabilities at the University of New Hampshire.  The Commission acknowledges that people with disabilities are a diverse group that includes individuals with visible and non-visible disabilities.

The Commission shall provide a forum for discussion and assessment of disability-related issues and opportunities that are relevant for the campus and larger community.  In addition, the Commission shall advise the President, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Inclusive Excellence and the Director of Affirmative Action and Equity on disability–related issues, policies, services, attitudes and practices on campus.  This mission is motivated by the belief that people with disabilities are assets to our community, adding value and diversity to our living, working and learning environment.

News and Announcements


Dr. Amos Winter's "Leveraged Freedom Chair Project"

Tuesday, November 18
MUB Strafford Room

Dr Amos Winter, is one of the founders of GRIT, an MIT group of mechanical engineers who are passionate about using technology to improve people’s lives.  The Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC), is a lever-powered all-terrain wheelchair.  GRIT was founded in 2012 to bring the LFC to market, to help people with disabilities get off-road and on with their lives. For more information view the TED talk on the LFC.  Event sponsored by the President's Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities.

Interested in Disability Studies?

The University of New Hampshire, with the support of the Institute on Disability, offers a variety of programs of graduate and undergraduate study on essential topics related to disability. These programs of study provide a solid foundation for future teachers and leaders in fields related to the lives of individuals with disabilities.  Find out more.

2014 Diversity Award Receipients

Congratulations to UNH Dining Services!   For Dining Services, it’s about more than just the food. Accessibility, comfort and inclusion are as important to their mission as their culinary offerings. Proof of that comes with receipt of the first Annual Disability Commission Award from the President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities  “For fostering understanding of the issues and for building a community of inclusive excellence that has raised awareness through insight and action increasing opportunity and access for people with disabilities.”  Read the article


Best Buddies UNH meets monthly and holds organized group events for all members.  Members who decide to be 'college buddies' are matched in a one to one friendship with an individual with an intellectual and or developmental disability(a buddy). It is the responsibility of the college buddy to meet face to face with their buddy one other time per month aside for the group event and contact their buddy once a week via email, facebook, texting, etc. All activities take place on the UNH campus. Best Buddies is an international non-profit organization dedicated to establishing opportunities for one to one friendships, social participation, and inclusion for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.  Find out more Wildcat Link and National web site

iPod and iPad Apps & Android Apps

Disability Services for Students has put together a listing of several apps available to assist students including:

Ace your classes is a free app that has some features similar to iStudiez Pro. It is a good basic app for organizing your terms, courses and daily calendar but it also has the additional benefit of note-taking with the app.

Vlingo Virtual Assistant: Free Voice Activation for Android phones

iAnnotate: Read, annotate, and share PDFs.

Any.Do for Android: You can add tasks by voice, manage them with simple gestures, and even use its predictive features to instantly add common tasks to your to-do list

For a complete list and more information go to Disability Services for Students

The Diversity of People with Disabilities

Students, faculty and staff talk about their experiences as individuals with a disability at UNH.

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