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.
Planning Accessible Meetings and Conferences: A Suggested Checklist and Guide
The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) and Speaking Up for Us (SUFU) have collaborated on a new publication, Planning Accessible Meetings and Conferences: A Suggested Checklist and Guide. This checklist, a 15-page accessible PDF, is designed to help any person, group, or organization plan a meeting or conference that is inclusive and welcoming for everyone. It offers helpful suggestions in many areas of event planning, including choosing a location, using respectful language for registration questions about accommodations, and tips on refreshments and meals. Its purpose is to provide practical recommendations that promote meaningful participation for everyone. The checklist may be completed electronically or printed and filled out by hand.
Planning Accessible Meetings and Conferences was developed and field-tested with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Grant No. 90DD0005.
Maine Roads to Quality Application for 2015-2016 Statewide Inclusion Credential Cohort Now Available
Applications for the 2015-2016 Statewide Inclusion Credential Cohort are now being accepted through September 1, 2015. In partnership with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services, the Maine Inclusion Credential has been developed by Maine Roads to Quality and the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies to help practitioners build the skills, knowledge, resources, and attitudes to offer care to all children in an inclusive environment. For more information about the credential or to download an application, please visit the Maine Inclusion Credential web page here.
Head Start Matters: 2014 Annual Report Highlights Vital Contributions to Early Care and Education System in Maine
The Maine Head Start Directors’ Association and the Maine Head Start State Collaboration Office have published their 2014 Annual Report on Head Start and Early Head Start in Maine.
Read more about the Maine Head Start 2014 Annual Report here.
CCIDS and Maine Developmental Disabilities Council Publish Research Report — Accessing Healthcare: The Experience of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine
The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) and the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council have published a research report, Accessing Healthcare: The Experience of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine, that reveals promising positive trends, as well as areas of concern, in healthcare access for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders in Maine.
Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All
A brief video spot featuring Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) policy staffer Liz Weintraub discussing current policy issues. This more accessible policy overview is intended to highlight major disability policy issues in a way that is more fun and easy to understand.
This week Liz talks about the Elementary Secondary Education Act.
CCIDS Website Highlights
- University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies & Speaking Up for Us of Maine. (2014). Planning accessible meetings and conferences: A suggested checklist and guide. Orono: University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies.
- Kurtz, A., Schickle, A., Carr, M., Bragdon-Morneault, M., Russell, S., Rainey, D., Downs, J., & Cronin, N. (2014). Accessing healthcare: The experience of individuals with autism spectrum disorders in Maine. Orono: University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies.
- Humphreys, B., Couse, L., Sonnenmeier, R., Kurtz, A., Russell, S., & Antal, P. (August 2014). Transforming LEND leadership training curriculum through the Maternal and Child Health leadership competencies. Maternal and Child Health Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10995-014-1587-8
- CCIDS and MRTQ-PDN Training Webinar Archives
- CCIDS Faculty/Staff Resources (password required)
- CCIDS/LEND Faculty Information Session Materials (2/10/15)
- Collaborative on Faith and Disability
- Growing Ideas Tipsheets
- Inclusion in Early Childhood Settings Community of Practice (for members)
- Learning Ideas Tipsheets
- Maine Head Start 2014 Annual Report
- Maine Technical Assistance (TA) Leadership Team (for members)
- Maine’s Expanding Inclusive Opportunities
- Visual Supports Learning Links and Checklist