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April is Autism Awareness Month


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.


United Nations General Assembly Designates April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day

United NationsIn 2007, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of children and adults with autism so they may lead full and meaningful lives. Citing estimates that more than 80% of adults with autism are unemployed, the theme of this year’s observance is Employment: The Autism Advantage. Read the Secretary General’s message for 2015 here.


Autism Society of Maine Helps to Bring Autism Awareness to Communities

Autism Society of MaineThe Autism Society of Maine (ASM) provides education and resources to support the valued lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Please visit their April is Autism Awareness Month Web page to learn more about local, national and international events to be held in observance of Autism Awareness Month. ASM also offers suggestions and resources to help individuals and educators bring autism awareness to their communities and schools.


CCIDS and Maine Developmental Disabilities Council Publish Research Report — Accessing Healthcare: The Experience of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine

Download the Accessing Healthcare: The Experience of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine (PDF) here.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.

Read more about the Accessing Healthcare report here.


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.

March 31, 2015 – Liz interviews Ben Kaufman about his sibling.


CCIDS Website Highlights

Featured Publications

  • 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

Featured Resources

Updated: 04/01/2015