UNH wins $4.25m disability study grant


The University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability has been granted $4.25 million by the U.S. Department of Education to measure the effect of national employment policies on those with disabilities.Funds from the U.S. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research will enable UNH to take a closer look at why participation by those with disabilities in safety net programs is high yet there adequate coordination between such agencies and employment services is lacking, officials said.The grant will create the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on employment policy and measurement at UNH to meet these needs and facilitate the translation of research findings into policymaking and program administration."Through this project, the RRTC will generate new knowledge and techniques to move the field of disability policy studies forward and facilitate utilization of this knowledge among key stakeholders," said Andrew Houtenville, IOD research director and principal investigator of the project. "In doing so, we expect to positively influence the integration of government programs and ultimately increase employment and social participation of people with disabilities."Grant partners include the UNH Whittemore School of Business and Economics, Mathematica Policy Research, the American Association of People with Disabilities, as well as Cornell, Rutgers, and Syracuse Universities. – CINDY KIBBE/NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW
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