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Welcome to our New Director, Tom Sannicandro!

Tom SannicandroWe’re delighted to announce that Thomas Sannicandro is coming on board as the new director of the ICI. Tom served on the Massachusetts state legislature, where he wrote and championed legislation to increase access to education for young people with intellectual disabilities. The parent of a son with Down syndrome, Tom has both a personal and a professional passion for supporting inclusion for all citizens, including those with disabilities.

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Inclusive play spaces are great for all kids, with and without disabilities. Learn strategies for creating these spaces, even on a tight budget, in this guide from former ICI Crocker Fellow Helena Liedtke.


ICI staffers Dr. Heike Boeltzig-Brown and Miwa Tanabe have been busy expanding networks and partnerships in Japan and selecting the next group of trainees for our Duskin Disability Leadership Program at UMass Boston. Learn more about their trip.


The Family Engagement in Online Employment Planning Intervention is looking for parents of a student with an intellectual and/or developmental disability to participate in a study to see how Facebook Messenger might be used as an effective tool to coach families on planning for employment. This study uses Facebook Messenger, as well as The Arc's Build Your Plan tool, to see how a well-planned and individualized engagement strategy might improve families' beliefs about employment for their family member with IDD. Please share this flyer with anyone you know who might be interested.


Dr. Laura Bozeman from the UMass Boston Vision Studies program is the author and presenter of this new webinar, which focuses on staying healthy and fit later in life. Learn more and access the webinar here.

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