Mary C. Schuh

  • Director, National Center on Inclusive Education
  • University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability
  • Concord, NH   
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Contact me for: Professional development and technical assistance in most inclusive education related areas.

Dr. Mary Schuh has been with the Institute on Disability since its inception in 1987, working to coordinate family and consumer leadership development and educational systems change activities in the areas of: preschool through secondary transition, students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, higher education, and students with complex medical issues. Dr. Schuh has more than 20 years of experience in inclusive schools and communities and project management. She is currently working on systems change in the areas of personnel preparation, leadership development, and inclusive education. She teaches a course on Introduction to Exceptionality and Educating Students with Disabilities in High School at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Schuh has consulted extensively in the United States, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom on issues related to supporting students with disabilities and their families in typical school and community environments. Among her many projects, Dr. Schuh is the Principal Investigator for the National Inclusive Education Initiative (NIEI) and the Special Education Teacher Certification in Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities academic program. She continues in the role of advisor on the award-winning documentary, Including Samuel, and is the author and co-author of a variety of books and other publications related to inclusive schooling.

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The National Center on Inclusive Education (NCIE) at the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability is a leader in the transformation of schools so that students of all abilities are successfully learning in their home schools within general education settings.

Including Samuel: Dan Habib's new award-winning documentary film Including Samuel examines the educational and social inclusion of youth with disabilities. The film is built on the Habib family's efforts to include Samuel, 11, in all facets of their lives, a journey that transforms each of them. Including Samuel also features four other families with varied inclusion experiences, plus interviews with teachers, parents, students, and disability rights experts.

The New Hampshire Leadership Series is a seven-month training session for adults with disabilities, parents or family members of children with disabilities, and LEND Trainees. It is based on the national Partners in Policymaking model. The Series is funded by the NH Department of Education, NH Developmental Disabilities Council, NH Bureau of Developmental Services, NH Area Agencies, many public and private foundations statewide, as well as the Friends of Leadership fundraising events, and donations from NH Leadership graduates.

The Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center offers school, states and districts the ability to build capacity to scale up and sustain new practices for schoolwide inclusive reform in urban, rural and high-need schools in grades K-8 for students with disabilities. The SWIFT Center focuses on improving the knowledge and skills of classroom educators to implement inclusive schoolwide reform; increases the capacity of schools to implement fully inclusive reform in academic, extracurricular, and school-based settings; and increases family and community engagement in schoolwide reform.

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