Institute for Human Development
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Access | Attitude | Inclusion
- Impacts people at all life stages – individually and socially
- Facilitates research to inform change that positively impacts individuals with disabilities
Vision: People with disabilities fully participate in all life experiences.
Mission: Promote full inclusion by advancing attitudes that value persons with disabilities while enhancing access to all aspects of the human experience.
IHD fosters the development of attitudes that promote the increased inclusion of individuals with disabilities in their communities. Attitudes, as barriers to or facilitators of inclusion, go hand-in-hand with access. Access, commonly thought of as access to services and supports, has a much broader meaning: while services are essential for inclusion, access also refers to access to information, education, inclusive physical environments, community participation, friendships, and relationships. Conceptually, access and attitude have reciprocal roles in promoting or inhibiting inclusion.
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IHD’s 2022-2023 Report to the Community Click to read IHD’s 2021-2022 Report to the Community annual report.
“Nothing About Us Without Us”: Minor in Disability Studies Has a New Guest Presenter
For 15 years, faculty with NAU’s Minor in Disability Studies (DS) program have been dedicated to finding innovative methods to help students understand the lived experience of individuals with disabilities. This semester, the DS Minor program welcomes an exciting new guest presenter to its Introduction to Disabilities (DIS 201) course, taught by senior academic program coordinator John Schaffer. Justice Armfield is a student with Down syndrome at Coconino High School. His role in the class is to share his lived experiences while also demonstrating to students that people with Down syndrome can be meaningfully engaged in leadership positions.
Three Students Graduating from IHD’s TAPDINTO-STEM Program
IHD is proud to announce that three students will be graduating from our TAPDINTO-STEM program this semester. Two students are completing Bachelor of Science degrees, while our first graduate student will be receiving a Master of Science degree. Here are brief profiles of two of the graduates.
IHD Awarded New Grant to Support Interdisciplinary Clinic
IHD has been awarded a 2023 Mercy C.A.R.E.S. Community Reinvestment Grant in the amount of $113,000. The grant will help fund the Interdisciplinary Developmental Evaluation Clinic, which provides families with free comprehensive and holistic health evaluations and offers a unique and much-needed service to families throughout northern Arizona. The clinic also serves as a training experience for NAU graduate students in several fields related to health and education.
IHD’s New PATHS Project Invites Parents to Join Advisory Board
IHD has a new project that will support parents with learning disabilities and/or intellectual disabilities whose children are enrolled in home visiting programs. It’s called PATHS: Providing Accessible Training and Home Support for Parents with Intellectual Disabilities (ID).
Parents, family members, or professionals in the field, do you need information on an AAC Evaluation? Go to the NAU AAC Evaluation Page for program and contact information.
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