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UNH Employee Survey

In fall 2011, the President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities at the University of New Hampshire collected data on prevalence of disability among UNH employees (both Manchester and Durham campuses) and the employment climate for employees with disabilities at UNH. The survey had a 17% response rate with a sample size of 700. Within the sample of UNH employees, 11% reported having a disability; among those with disabilities, 3% reported having multiple disabilities.

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  • Key Findings:
    • Of all respondents 49.6% felt that overall accessibility at UNH is good or excellent, 40.9% rated accessibility as fair or poor and 9.5% had no  opinion
    • 52.6% of respondents with a disability rated overall campus accessibility as excellent or good



  • One quarter of respondents have participated in some training about working with people with disabilities.
  • 72.5% of respondents with a disability reported feeling accepted in the UNH workplace
  • 16.5% of respondents with a disability reported having experienced discrimination at work based on disability
  • Just over 5% of all respondents have observed harassment or similar unfair treatment of employees with disabilities
  • Respondents commended Transportation Services and Dining Services for their excellent accessibility and climate for people with disabilities.
  • Recommendations:
    • Increase participation of people with disabilities in the planning and design phases of new or renovated physical spaces, programs and events based on a review of current practices.
    • More than 40% of respondents rated campus accessibility as fair or poor.  To address this issue we recommend the following:
      • Evaluate the walkways, reduce or eliminate uneven paths. 
      • Evaluate all new construction and renovation projects to ensure that the acoustics of the room reduce or eliminate ambient noise. 
      • Provide more education and training around the use of amplification and assistive listening devices.
  • While the University does provide a range of training opportunities, only 25% of all respondents have participated in such trainings. 
  • The University as a community, including administrators , managers, faculty, staff, and students can benefit from more training and
  • The results of the survey will be used to guide the Commission’s work in the future as we develop programming and advise the President on policy initiatives that seek to improve accessibility for and acceptance of people with disabilities at UNH.






Graph of the number of UNH & UNHM students with disabilities

Online Resource for U.S. Disability Statistics

Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education: A Profile of Preparation, Participation, and Outcomes

U.S. Census Bureau disability data

Children 3 to 21 years old served in federally supported programs for the disabled

Children 3 to 21 years olds served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

New Hampshire disability data



Brief History of Disability (PowerPoint Presentation)

Brief History of Disability Rights Movement