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Director's Welcome

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.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

ODEP Inclusive Internship Program Guide Assists Employers Seeking to Diversity Workforce

Office of Disability Employment PolicyThe US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has published Inclusive Internship Programs: A How-To Guide for Employers (PDF) to assist employers seeking to diversify their workforce with the skills and talents of people with disabilities, particularly young adults with disabilities. The guide addresses the benefits of internships to both individuals and employers, and covers things to consider when establishing an internship program that is open to all qualified candidates.

Maine Small Business and UMaine Researchers Collaborating on $225K Grant for Usability Testing of Adaptive Mobility and Fitness Device

AFARI™ Jogger BackThe R.M. Beaumont Corporation of Brunswick, ME and three University of Maine Researchers are collaborating on a $225K National Institutes of Health (NIH) Phase 1 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant to complete the design, safety and usability testing of AFARI™, a three-wheeled, aesthetically designed, adaptive mobility and fitness device.

AFARI™, invented by Elizabeth Depoy and Stephen Gilson, professors of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies and Social Work; and Vince Caccese, professor in Mechanical Engineering, is designed to facilitate movement for individuals who have balance deficits, a fear of falling, and/or a condition such as osteoarthritis that is eased by unloading body weight, so they may participate in upright outdoor walking, jogging, or running on diverse terrain.

Read more about the AFARI™ here.

CCIDS Welcomes 2015-2016 UMaine Trainees in NH-LEND Program

The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) recently welcomed five University of Maine trainees to the New Hampshire Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH LEND) for the 2015-2016 academic year. Photo courtesy of the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability.

UMaine LEND Trainees and FacultyPhoto caption: UMaine NH LEND faculty and trainees (front row left to right): Susan Russell, Interdisciplinary Training Director at UMaine; Tara Lovely, trainee, Karen Sites, trainee; Nancy Hall, trainee; and Alan Cobo-Lewis, Program Co-Director and faculty member. (Back row left to right): Alan Kurtz, faculty member; Stephen F. Gilson, faculty member; Laurie Wellman, trainee and Carla White, trainee.

Alan Cobo-Lewis

Alan Cobo-Lewis

New Director Named for Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies

Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Carol H. Kim has named Alan B. Cobo-Lewis, Ph.D., as the director of the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). He becomes the Center’s second director in 23 years, succeeding founding director, Lucille Zeph, Ed.D., who retired in June 2015.

Read more about the new CCIDS director here.

Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All

Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All is a series of weekly videos that is hosted by Liz Weintraub, an Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) policy staffer. The purpose of these videos is to highlight major disability policy issues in a way that helps self-advocates and other people who are less familiar with DC beltway politics and policies, understand them.

CCIDS Website Highlights

Featured Publications

  • Vishneau, M., Cobo-Lewis, A., Howard, S., Labas, L., Armstrong, P., Downs, J., Meagher, T., Sawyer, E., & Ward, H. (2015). Quality for ME Revision Project – Final Report. Report submitted to Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Orono, ME: University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies; Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Featured Resources

Updated: 10/07/2015