Institute On Disability At
UNH Launches Resource Center For Autism
Unites Teaching, Research, Service Initiatives
on Autism Spectrum Disorders
Contact: Beth Potier
UNH Media Relations
Sept. 20, 2005
DURHAM – The Institute
on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has aggregated
its expertise and services in the study of autism spectrum disorders
(ASD) to create the New Hampshire Resource Center for Autism.
“The IOD has long been a valuable resource for learning about,
diagnosing, and working with individuals with autism. Bringing these
various services together as the New Hampshire Resource Center for
Autism will help us communicate our capacity and, ultimately, better
serve people in the state with autism and their families, teachers,
and caregivers,” said Jan Nisbet, director of the IOD and
associate professor of education at UNH.
The Resource Center for Autism comprises professional development
and technical assistance, evaluation and diagnosis, and academic
and research initiatives, including one of the nation’s few
Ph.D. programs in the study of autism spectrum disorders.
Specific projects and initiatives of the NH Resource Center for
- The Early Markers Project, a research project that aims to
identify characteristics associated with the development of ASD
in babies who have an older sibling with ASD.
- Beyond Access, a four-year project that promotes improved learning
of general education curriculum content by students with the most
significant disabilities. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education,
Beyond Access works with schools in Windham-Pelham, Raymond, Somersworth,
- Seacoast Child Development Clinic, which provides interdisciplinary
evaluation and consultation to families of children who have developmental
challenges, including autism.
- Jumpstart: Early Success with Autism, which assists New Hampshire
families and providers in supporting young children who have autism
or autism-like characteristics.
- Annual Autism Summer Institute, a five-day event providing state-of-the-art
information and strategies in educating students with ASD in general
- Ph.D. program in education with a focus on ASD as well as Graduate
Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders, providing post-baccalaureate
education to educators, social workers and psychologists, medical
personnel, and policymakers.
The mission of the IOD is to advance policies and system changes,
promising practices, education, and research that strengthen communities
and ensure full access, equal opportunities, and participation for
all persons. Established in 1987, the IOD is a University Center
for Excellence on Disability (UCED).