Welcome to our website. The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) 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.
National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities Publishes Handbook for Self-Determined Living
The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) has released a new online publication, The Art of Impact: A Handbook for Self-Determined Living, written by and for individuals with disabilities. Preface: “The Art of Impact is an e-book/website for the advocate who wants to be on a journey whether just beginning or very experienced. There is always more to do.” The accessible publication is available in multiple formats including PDF, e-reader and straight text and is available at no charge at the Start Your Journey Here! website.
University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Act as Bridge Between Universities and Communities
In observance of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living is featuring guest blogs from leaders in the disability community. In his guest blog, Andrew Imparato, J.D., executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, describes how University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) work to ensure that the voices of people with disabilities are included within and beyond the halls of academia. The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) is Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and part of a national network of centers congressionally authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. CCIDS conducts interdisciplinary education, research, and community engagement activities to positively affect the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout Maine and beyond.
Maine Legislature Recognizes 50 Years of Head Start in Maine
On May 18, 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson officially announced Project Head Start from the White House Rose Garden. Head Start launched in the summer of 1965, serving more than 560,000 children and families across America in an eight-week summer program through Head Start Child Development Centers throughout the United States. This week, the Maine Legislature recognized the Maine Head Start Directors’ Association in Augusta on the 50th Anniversary of Head Start in Maine. For more information about the history of Head Start and a timeline, please visit the Office of Head Start 50th Anniversary Timeline.
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.
August 11, 2015 – In this edition of Tuesdays with Liz, Liz interview Karen Edwards about AUCD’s annual conference.
CCIDS Website Highlights
- Hagner, D., & Kurtz, A. (2015). Student and family involvement in transition planning: Promising practices and student outcomes. In A. Valdez (Ed.), Autism Spectrum Disorders: Early Signs, Intervention Options and Family Impact (in press). Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers.
- 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.
- CCIDS Faculty/Staff Resources (password required)
- Collaborative on Faith and Disability
- Growing Ideas Tipsheets
- Inclusion in Early Childhood Settings Community of Practice (for members)
- 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
- Learning Ideas Tipsheets
- Maine Head Start and Early Head Start Needs Assessment Report 2015 Annual Update
- Maine Head Start 2014 Annual Report
- Maine Technical Assistance (TA) Leadership Team (for members)
- Maine’s Expanding Inclusive Opportunities
- Planning Accessible Meetings and Conferences: A Suggested Checklist and Guide (PDF)
- Visual Supports Learning Links and Checklist