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Director's Welcome

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.


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


National Collaborative on Faith and Disability 2015 Webinar Series: Honoring Spiritual Needs​ ​and Gifts: From Inertia to Collaborative Action by Providers and Congregations

National Collaborative on Faith and Disability Webinar Series
The National Collaborative on Faith and Disability has announced its 2015 webinar series to be held one Monday per month, January through June: Honoring Spiritual Needs​ and Gifts: From Inertia to Collaborative Action by Providers and Congregations. The Collaborative supports people with disabilities, their families, and those who support them by providing national and international leadership in the areas of research, education, service, and dissemination related to disability, religion, and inclusive supports. For more information about the webinar topics, dates and times, please visit the Collaborative on Faith and Disability website. The webinar series is sponsored by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Religion and Spirituality Division, and the National Collaborative on Faith and Disability.

Read more about the webinar series 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.


CCIDS Website Highlights

Featured Publications

  • 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
  • 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.

Featured Resources

Updated: 01/26/2014