UNH Institute on Disability to Receive Funds Shea-Porter Secured

Washington, DC — The University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Institute on Disability is scheduled to receive funds that Congresswoman Shea-Porter secured in the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009. This funding will help develop a National Center on Inclusive Education for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related disabilities.

“One in every one hundred and fifty children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “UNH is a leader in this field, and this funding will provide the University with the necessary resources to reach educators and families all across the country and to improve services for students with autism.”


The Fiscal Year 2010 Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations bill, which is scheduled to be on the House floor later this week, includes an additional $450,000 for the Center.

The Institute on Disability/UCED at the University of New Hampshire is nationally recognized for its services related to children and youth with ASD. New Hampshire is ranked #1 nationally in the percentage of time students with ASD spend in the general education classroom.