August 23, 2017

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Announce Professional Development Grants to Support Granite Staters Who Experience Disabilities

WASHINGTON – Today, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced that the New Hampshire Department of Education has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve early interventions and education for students who experience disabilities. The New Hampshire Department of Education will receive $770,000.00, and the grant is anticipated to be for a total of five years. This grant program is authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to assist states in providing professional development to improve results for students who experience disabilities.

“I’m pleased to see these important investments in New Hampshire, which will help strengthen our commitment to essential education priorities,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen. She continued, “This funding will assist Granite State families in a significant way by devoting fundamental resources to support school programs tailored for students with disabilities. I will continue to work to ensure New Hampshire schools and communities have the tools they need to provide our kids with the best education and opportunities available.”

“When we fully include individuals who experience disabilities in our society and economy, we all get stronger, and supporting the professional development of educators to support students with disabilities is critically important to making this a reality,” Senator Hassan said. “The New Hampshire State Personnel Development Grant will help expand important professional development programs in institutions of higher education to improve early detection, intervention, and supports for preschool students with disabilities. I will continue to work with all of our partners at the state and federal level to ensure that individuals who experience disabilities have the support and resources they need to be fully included in their communities - at home, in school, and at work.”