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Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing

The Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing is designed to transform the health care and support of individuals with developmental disabilities.

In October 2018, St. John Fisher College, Tom Golisano, and the Golisano Foundation announced the creation of the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability (DD) Nursing thanks to a $5.8 million gift, $5 million from Tom Golisano and $800,000 from the Golisano Foundation. The Institute will be fully integrated into the Wegmans School of Nursing and is designed to transform the health care and support of individuals with developmental disabilities. It will be the first institute of its kind, and will have local, national, and international impact.

The Golisano Institute will be led by Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner, founding dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing. The School—which consistently achieves rankings as a top nursing program in the region, state, and nation—will draw upon relationships with professional nursing associations, and partnerships with international nursing schools such as the Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland. It will also capitalize on the network of Golisano Children’s Hospitals and community health centers as well as the Foundation’s collaboration with Special Olympics Health to extend the Institute’s reach.

Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner

Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner

“There is a real need to develop advocacy leaders in development disability health care to encourage dialogue and promote positive change to ensure that this population receives the quality of life that they deserve.”

– Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner, Founding Director, Golisano Institute

Institute Mission: 

To generate an international cadre of health care professionals prepared with the knowledge, professional skills, and competencies to effectively support individuals with DD throughout the life span and across settings.

The Golisano Institute will:

  • Transform the quality of care and support for individuals with DD regionally, nationally, and internationally by training nursing professionals in field-specific skills and knowledge.
  • Deliver an internationally recognized and technology enriched curriculum for DD nursing education through on the ground and online micro-credential formats.
  • Lead the effort to add content on the care of individuals with DD to the nursing licensure and credentialing examinations as a means of ensuring that all nursing program graduates are fully prepared to care for individuals with DD.
  • Prepare the next generation of thought leaders, who will care and advocate for individuals with DD regionally, nationally, and internationally through the Golisano Summer Fellows program, nurse practitioner residencies, and a post-graduate certificate program in DD health care.
  • Disseminate best practices through 1) a biannual international symposium in partnership with Special Olympics, Developmental Disabilities Nursing Association, the American Association of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, and the Golisano Behavioral Health/Autism Center at the University of Rochester; and 2) an IDDeas for Practice Improvement virtual information center.
  • Establish and support a network of health care professionals who care for individuals with developmental disabilities across the globe, building off of existing partnerships in Ireland, Spain, Slovenia, and strong ties with the European Nursing Education group.
  • Advise hospitals and health centers, including those bearing the Golisano name; schools, advocacy groups; and families around the country and across the globe on providing care for individuals with developmental disabilities by deploying Community Clinical Nurse Specialists.

St. John Fisher College Launches the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing