About Us

Overview

The IDC is comprised of parents, advocates, self-advocates, educators, employers, and community members who share a vision of an island community that includes and supports people with disabilities. The IDC conducted an island wide needs assessment study winter 2018, and was awarded a Rural Scholars study October 2019. The results reflect the challenges and barriers faced by families and individuals with disabilities in all life domains, including recreation and leisure pursuits, employment, community engagement, housing and overall accessibility. To achieve true community inclusion on Martha’s Vineyard, the IDC will serve as a partner, supporter, collaborator, resource and advocate. It is our belief that the responsibility for inclusion falls not on one organization or agency, rather through shared responsibility amongst the community as a whole.

Areas of Focus

The IDC is committed to the full and equal participation for those with disabilities across their lifespan.  The current areas of focus include:

Provide current, accurate, and accessible information to assist families and individuals to access services and supports.

Build the capacity of community partners, and the community in general, to offer inclusive opportunities and experiences.

Provide training and education opportunities relevant to identified needs of individuals with disabilities to access inclusive opportunities and experiences.

Provide an environment that offers opportunities for connection, networking, collaboration, and natural supports for community members working towards inclusion.

Meet Our Staff

Beth Wike

IDC Coordinator, MVCS Disability Services Program Director

Beth has a strong personal commitment to inclusion, which has influenced professional experiences in various sectors of the community working to ensure individuals of all abilities have access to a full and engaged life.

Beth has a strong personal commitment to inclusion, which has influenced professional experiences in various sectors of the community working to ensure individuals of all abilities have access to a full and engaged life. In addition to her role as IDC Coordinator, Beth also serves as the Director of Disability Services with MV Community Services. Beth and her family moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 2014 and enjoy exploring all things natural.

Julie Lively

IDC Resource Specialist

Julie has lived on MV since 2003, and has first hand experience understanding the unique challenges and opportunities involved with raising a child with a disability on the Vineyard.

Julie has lived on MV since 2003, and has first hand experience understanding the unique challenges and opportunities involved with raising a child with a disability on the Vineyard.

Meet Our Steering Committee

Cecilia Brennan

NAMI CCI Board Member

A seasonal resident for 10 years, Cecilia moved to the Vineyard permanently in 2016. She quickly became involved in the community as a Board Member representing the island and support group facilitator for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

A seasonal resident for 10 years, Cecilia moved to the Vineyard permanently in 2016. She quickly became involved in the community as a Board Member representing the island and support group facilitator for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

She has always been passionate about inclusion and is energized by IDC’s Mission of including and supporting people with disabilities to afford them an opportunity for fulfilled lives.

JP Hitesman

Community Member/VIP Board

JP Hitesman has enjoyed a lifelong connection to the Vineyard and full-time residency on the island since 2017. He has experience with social and recreational disability services elsewhere in Massachusetts.

JP Hitesman has enjoyed a lifelong connection to the Vineyard and full-time residency on the island since 2017. He has experience with social and recreational disability services elsewhere in Massachusetts. For the last couple of years JP has focused on advocacy and inclusion for Vineyard independence Partnership and values the opportunity to assist this segment of the island community.

Hope Macleod

Director of Student Support Services (8-12) MVPS

I grew up and went to school in Chilmark, MA. on Martha’s Vineyard. I attended Wheaton College in Norton MA for my undergraduate and Simmons College for my Masters in Education.

I grew up and went to school in Chilmark, MA. on Martha’s Vineyard. I attended Wheaton College in Norton MA for my undergraduate and Simmons College for my Masters in Education. I worked at The New England Center for Children with Special Needs for 5 years and was fortunate to work in many of the different programs that they run such as home based preschool, residential services, inclusion into area schools, even in the overseas program in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. I moved back to the Island in 2001 as the Autism Specialist. Since then I received my BCBA and my Administrator’s license. Most recently I have been the Director of Student Support Services starting in 2016 first as the Interim and then as the Co Director with Nancy Dugan.

Catherine Flynn

Contracts Specialist MVCS

Catherine has been with MV Community Services since 1988 and serves as an integral role. Catherine was at the table when stakeholders and community members expressed the need for greater attention to individuals with disabilities on MV.

Catherine has been with MV Community Services since 1988 and serves an integral role of Contracts Coordinator. Catherine was at the table when stakeholders and community members expressed the need for greater attention to individuals with disabilities on Martha’s Vineyard. Since it’s inception, Catherine has played an essential role in the creation of the IDC, and whose fiscal expertise will help secure a sustainable future for the Coalition.

Beth Kramer

IDC Steering Committee

Beth has lived on the Vineyard since 1993. With a background in psychology and biology, Beth worked for several non-profits in western Massachusetts that provided housing for adults as they re-entered the community after years of institutionalization.

Beth has lived on the Vineyard since 1993. With a background in psychology and biology, Beth worked for several non-profits in western Massachusetts that provided housing for adults as they re-entered the community after years of institutionalization. During this work, she also focused on job placement and training. After seeing the financial challenges these businesses experienced, Beth decided to return to school to earn a Masters in Business Administration focusing on non-profits.

Beth’s work experience included for-profits and non-profits Beth’s expertise in business management including the start up of a successful wholesale and retail bakery. As a passionate baker, Beth created all the baked goods and ran a successful business for 14 years. She has served as director for the West Tisbury Library for the past 13 years. One major focus of her tenure at the library has been creating a more inclusive organization. She has a strong commitment to the community both as a volunteer and board member and has served on multiple non-profit boards.

As the stepmother of an adult with disabilities who lives at home, Beth knows first-hand of the resources and challenges facing this community on the Island.

Nancy Dugan

Director of Student Support Services (K-7), MVPS

Nancy Wigglesworth Dugan, M.Ed., BCBA has been a special educator for more than 35 years. Along the way earned her Masters degree in Educational Leadership and as well as becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Nancy Wigglesworth Dugan, M.Ed., BCBA has been a special educator for more than 35 years. Along the way earned her Masters degree in Educational Leadership and as well as becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She began her career teaching students with Autism at the May Institute in Chatham, MA. With the extensive behavioral training and experience she was able to move into the public school setting by joining the Barnstable School system where she held many positions.

Her experiences and skills broadened, as a special education teacher as the needs of the students developed and changed over time; all while the movement towards inclusion was happening. She taught in district programs for students with emotional/behavioral disabilities, developmental disabilities, ASD, and also served as a resource room teacher, and inclusion specialist. Nancy moved formally into leadership with her positions as the ESY Coordinator for 15+ years and the Special Education Coordinator of the elementary schools across the Barnstable District for 7 years. Nancy expanded her experience when she joined the Mashpee School District as the Assistant Special Education Director overseeing the out-of-district placements (k-12), and in-district gr. 4-8 special education programming.

Nancy moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 2014 to become the Director of Special Education at MVRHS where she was drawn to the amazing opportunities of choices available to the students at the school and community. At the high school she was able to emphasize the importance of inclusion and stressed the importance of teaching in the least restrictive settings and providing more inclusion opportunities by bringing in co-teaching into the school’s culture.

After two years the school system reorganized the Special Education Administration and she has been serving as a Co-Director of Student Support Services for the MVYPS. As a part of her responsibilities she oversees the special education services and programming for students in prk- gr. 7. She has been involved with the IDC since its inception and represents the school system on the steering committee.

Suzanne Cioffi

IDC Steering Committee

Suzanne’s family has been on the island for 90+ years and 20 years ago came to the island for one summer. She works for Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA); she has many roles there with the following responsibilities: certifies all ADA Lift applications, Travel Training, Mobility Services Coordinator, Ticket Selling Supervisor, and other administrative day to day duties.

Suzanne’s family has been on the island for 90+ years and 20 years ago came to the island for one summer. She works for Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA); she has many roles there with the following responsibilities: certifies all ADA Lift applications, Travel Training, Mobility Services Coordinator, Ticket Selling Supervisor, and other administrative day to day duties. She became involved in IAG for riders and employees who are affected by disabilities and wanting to share information of how the day to day operations of the VTA.

Interested in Getting Invoved? 

Become a member of the Island Disability Coalition today, and start making a difference for those who need it most in our community.

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