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
A 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.”
UMaine Trainees in NH LEND Program Prepare Policy Briefs for Maine Congressional Delegation
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.
Get Active with Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation!
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
The Maine Developmental Services Oversight & Advisory Board is requesting public feedback to gain input on services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD); family 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.
CCIDS Website Highlights
- Kendrick, M., Bragdon-Morneault, M., May, J. and Kurtz, A. (2014). 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. Orono: University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and Maine EPSCoR.
- DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. (2014). Branding and designing disability: Reconceptualising disability studies. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://routledge-ny.com/books/details/9780415635387/
- Bergerson, N. (2014). Policy brief: Keeping all students safe act of 2014. Orono: University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies. Retrieved from https://ccids.umaine.edu/files/2014/07/Bergerson_keeping_students_safe-act-061014_final.pdf
- Davis, K., & Valencia, L. (2014). Policy brief: Workforce investment act of 2013. Orono: University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies. Retrieved from https://ccids.umaine.edu/files/2014/07/Davis_Valencia_workforce-investment-act_061014_final.pdf
- Mores, K. (2014). Policy brief: Combating autism reauthorization act of 2014. Orono: University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies. Retrieved from https://ccids.umaine.edu/files/2014/07/Mores_Combat_Autism_Reautho_Act-061014_final.pdf
- CCIDS Faculty/Staff Resources (password required)
- Growing Ideas Tipsheets
- Inclusion in Early Childhood Settings Community of Practice (for members)
- Learning Ideas Tipsheets
- Maine Head Start State Collaboration Office (New Resource)
- Maine Technical Assistance (TA) Leadership Team (for members)
- Maine’s Expanding Inclusive Opportunities
- Visual Supports Learning Links and Checklist