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.
February: Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)
Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and those who love them. Established in 2009 by the Jewish Special Education International Consortium, JDAIM is observed each February. #2016JDAIM @inclusioninnova For more information visit the Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month webpage.
A Portrait of Wellbeing: The Status of Seniors in Maine
The John T. Gorman Foundation has published a new report, A Portrait of Wellbeing: The Status of Seniors in Maine (PDF), complied by researchers at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy. The report provides an overview of the most recent data about economic, housing, and social indicators that are important to Maine seniors’ ability to successfully and safely age in place. Using U.S. Census data, the report describes how seniors in Maine are faring compared to seniors in other New England states and the nation as a whole.
Coming in April: Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference in Augusta
The Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation – Child Care Options is sponsoring a one-day Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference with Pete Wright, Esq., at the Augusta Civic Center on April 28, 2016. The program focuses on four areas: Special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests and measurements to measure progress and regression; SMART IEPs; and introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.
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
- Kaye, L. W., Zeph, L. A., & Cobo-Lewis, A. B. (2015). The aging and developmental disabilities networks: Can the silos be dismantled? Maine Policy Review, 24(2), 115 -118. http://digitalcommons.library.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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’s Expanding Inclusive Opportunities
- Planning Accessible Meetings and Conferences: A Suggested Checklist and Guide (PDF)
- Quality for ME Revision Project — Final Report (143 pg. PDF)
- Visual Supports Learning Links and Checklist