Disability Commission Awards

Any or all of the following categories of service to the campus community to include the following:

  • Recognizing the value of people with disabilities in our community
  • Building a community of equity and inclusion in recruitment and retention for people with exceptionalities
  • Fostering understanding of the need for universal access for both people with invisible and/or evident disabilities
  • Raising insight on the issues that people with exceptionalities experience and advocating for changes in policies and procedures
  • Increasing opportunity in educational, employment and campus life program access for people with disabilities
  • Developing and implementing inclusive curriculum on disability-related research and pedagogies

Do you know a person or organization that promotes empowerment and inclusion?

Please help us honor and celebrate the work to foster continued progress toward respectful attitudes, behaviors and standards and lessen fear around difference.  Deadline - Feb 20, 2018

Nomination Form


Dr. Therese Willkomm 2018 faculty award recipient.  Willkomm was commended for her work as Director of NH Statewide Assistive Technology with the Institute on Disability, and was recognized for her work "above and beyond" what her positions required in helping guild a community of universal access and opportunity.  Her nominators reported the remarkable number of inventions to her credit: 1200 problems solved to improve lives. 

Sarah Garstka and Heidi Chase holding plaque

2018 Disability Commission Group Award: Friends in Action and Echo Thrift Shop 

Congratulations to Friends in Action for its work in partnership with the Durham Community Church and their Echo Thrift Shop.  This partnership has provided an opportunity for about 35 people with disibilities to learn valuable skills in retailing.  In just 6 years in business, Echo has donated about $75,000 to local and global charities.

2017 Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities Award Recipients

Group photo: SnowCAT Priority Route Planners and Crew award recipients

Many thanks and congratulations to the SnowCAT Priority Route Planners and Crew at UNH Facilities and Grounds.

We proudly present this year’s award to those who develop and deliver the UNH SnowCAT Priority Route.  Among the contributors, Larry VanDessel as head of operations worked in conjunction with the snow route crew, with Tom Byron and other members of Grounds and Events staff, to identify routes and use creative and flexible thinking to offset limitations in resources.

Many dedicated workers made the snow route plan come to life. Bill Janelle gives the credit to Paul Chaloux and the crew, and Paul Chaloux gives the credit to the crew who are often running the plow routes and digging out doorways at 1:00 a.m. in the morning, making UNH a safe and welcoming space from morning to night. Their work recognizes people with disabilities - along with all the rest of us - as valuable to every community.

2016 Award - UNH Dining Services
2015 Award - Dave Zamanksy (MUB Current Issues Lecture Series)