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.
Faculty and staff from the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies recently presented their research and work-in-progress at the 2013 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference in Washington, DC. AUCD, founded in 1971, is a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.
Under the leadership of Maine Roads to Quality (MRTQ) Director, Sonja Howard, and CCIDS Early Childhood Coordinator, Linda Labas, twenty participants recently completed a 22-hour Foundations of Relationship-Based Technical Assistance Institute to form the MRTQ Statewide Technical Assistance Team. Two of the four Augusta-based institute sessions were streamed live through the use of videoconferencing to seven participants in Orono.
Elizabeth DePoy, professor of interdisciplinary disability studies and social work; and Stephen Gilson, coordinator and professor of interdisciplinary disability studies and professor of social work, are the featured speakers at the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality (WGS) Studies Program Lunch Series on December 4th. DePoy and Gilson’s topic is “Rethinking Violence: Institutional and Structural Damages to the Offending Body.” The program runs from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. and will be held in the Bangor Room, Memorial Union. For more information, or to request an accommodation, please contact the WGS Program at 207.581.1228.
CCIDS and the state organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Maine, are co-sponsoring a Sibshop event on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Asa Adams Elementary School in Orono for children ages 7 to 11 who have a sibling with special health or developmental needs. There is no cost to attend the Sibshop, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Sibshops are fun, fast-paced recreational events and provide an opportunity for sibs to obtain peer support and an increased understanding of having a sibling with special needs.