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Lucille Zeph, CCIDS Director

Lucille Zeph, CCIDS Director

Welcome to our website. The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies is Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. CCIDS was established at UMaine in 1992 to bring together the resources of the community and the university to enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families in Maine and beyond. Read the entire Director’s Welcome here.

CCIDS and Maine EPSCoR Publish Field-Tested Model of Transition Supports for High School Students with Disabilities Interested in STEM Education and Careers

Cover of the STEM ModelA free resource, Increasing Access and Success in the STEM Disciplines: A Model for Supporting the Transition of High School Students with Disabilities into STEM-Related Postsecondary Education, is now available online courtesy of the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and Maine EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research). The publication is based on a model developed and field-tested by ​Martie Kendrick​, M.Ed., Marnie Bragdon-Morneault, M.Ed., Janet May, M.Ed., and Alan Kurtz, M.Ed., Ph.D. Candidate, during a three-year (2011-2014) Maine EPSCoR-funded project of the same name. It includes ​a package of evidenced-based ​​transition supports that can be used ​by educators or instructors with high school students with disabilities who are interested in pursuing STEM ​-related ​postsecondary ​​education and careers. Publication sections include ​”STEM Careers and You,​”​ “Getting What You Need​,”​ ​”​Making It Meaningful ​,”​ ​”​College Bound​,”​ and ​”Person-Centered Planning Toolbox.​”​

Read more about and download the publication here.

UMaine Trainees in NH LEND Program Prepare Policy Briefs for Maine Congressional Delegation

Policy Brief from NH LEND student.University of Maine trainees from the New Hampshire Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH LEND) Program Partnership recently prepared policy briefs for Maine’s Congressional Delegation on three key pieces of legislation: Keeping All Students Safe Act of 2014; Workforce Investment Act of 2013; and Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2014. The NH-LEND Program provides graduate-level interdisciplinary leadership training for students and professionals from diverse disciplines: the preparation of policy briefs and attendance at the annual Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, DC are key components of a policy assignment each spring.

Read more about these Policy Briefs here.

Get Active with Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation!

Download and read more about Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation (PDF).Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation, formerly known as Maine Handicapped Skiing, is the largest year-round adaptive recreation program in the state of Maine for adults and children with physical disabilities. With over 400 volunteers, Maine Adaptive provides over 3,500 lessons winter and summer, free of charge, thanks to the generous support of individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations. Read more about Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation (PDF) or visit the Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation website.

Public Feedback Requested on Maine Developmental Services for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Rick Langley (Disability Rights Center) and Dr. Jacquelyn Lowman, (UMPI) at 2013 Public Forum in Presque Isle

The Maine Developmental Services Oversight & Advisory Board is requesting public feedback to gain input on services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A​dults with intellectual and developmental disabilities​ (I/DD)​​; f​amily members, siblings, guardians, correspondents, friends ​ and ​advocates​; ​and service providers​ for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities,​ are encouraged to​ ​provide feedback through an anonymous ​online ​survey that will be available through September 15, 2014.

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Updated: 07/17/2014