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.
Public Feedback Requested on Maine Developmental Services for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The Maine Developmental Services Oversight & Advisory Board is requesting public feedback to gain input on services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD); family members, siblings, guardians, correspondents, friends and advocates; and service providers for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are encouraged to provide feedback by either attending one of the 2014 Public Feedback Forums (or) by completing an anonymous online survey that will be available through October 30, 2014.
A Tribute to Senator James M. Jeffords, A True Public Servant
Lu Zeph, CCIDS Founding Director and Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Public Policy Co-Chair, wrote the following tribute to U.S. Senator James M. Jeffords, who passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014.
An obituary will tell you that Senator James M. Jeffords was born on May 11, 1934 in Rutland, Vermont and passed away August 18, 2014, that his parents were Marion and Olin Jeffords, that his father was the Chief Court Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, that he attended public schools in Rutland and went on to graduate from Yale and Harvard Law School, that he served in the Navy, and the Naval Reserve, that he served in U. S. Congress for 32 years first as a Republican member of the House from (1975-1989) and later in the Senate (from 1989-2001 as a Republican and from 2001-2007 as an Independent), that he was married to Elizabeth Daley and that he had two children, Laura and Leonard.
The facts tell a story of a man of privilege, power, and influence—but do not align with the true nature of this man…Read the entire tribute here.
CCIDS to Host Remote Broadcast of Baylor 15th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference on October 2-3, 2014
The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies will be a broadcast site for the 15th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care, on October 2-3, 2014. The conference, co-sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, provides a state-of-the-art update on issues involved in health care transition for youth and young adults with chronic illness and disability and their families from pediatric to adult-based services.
There is no cost to attend the remote broadcast, but preregistration is required. Please preregister by following this link.
The remote broadcast is supported by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) through HRSA grant #UA5MC11068 and the Texas DSHS Title V CYSHCN Program.
Article by Humphreys, Couse, Sonnenmeier, Kurtz, Russell, and Antal Published in Maternal and Child Health Journal
The Maternal and Child Health Journal has published an article co-authored by colleagues from the New Hampshire Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-LEND) Program Partnership. The article, “Transforming LEND Leadership Training Curriculum through the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies,” DOI: 10.1007/s10995-014-1587-8, describes how the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Competencies (v 3.0) (PDF) were used to examine and improve an MCH Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training curriculum for New Hampshire and Maine.
CCIDS and Maine EPSCoR Publish Field-Tested Model of Transition Supports for High School Students with Disabilities Interested in STEM Education and Careers
A free resource, 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, is now available online courtesy of the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and Maine EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research). The publication is based on a model developed and field-tested by Martie Kendrick, M.Ed., Marnie Bragdon-Morneault, M.Ed., Janet May, M.Ed., and Alan Kurtz, M.Ed., Ph.D. Candidate, during a three-year (2011-2014) Maine EPSCoR-funded project of the same name. It includes a package of evidenced-based transition supports that can be used by educators or instructors with high school students with disabilities who are interested in pursuing STEM -related postsecondary education and careers. Publication sections include ”STEM Careers and You,” “Getting What You Need,” ”Making It Meaningful ,” ”College Bound,” and ”Person-Centered Planning Toolbox.”
CCIDS Website Highlights
- 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.
- DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. (2014). Branding and designing disability: Reconceptualising disability studies. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://routledge-ny.com/books/details/9780415635387/
- CCIDS Faculty/Staff Resources (password required)
- Growing Ideas Tipsheets
- Inclusion in Early Childhood Settings Community of Practice (for members)
- Learning Ideas Tipsheets
- Maine Head Start State Collaboration Office (New Resource)
- Maine Technical Assistance (TA) Leadership Team (for members)
- Maine’s Expanding Inclusive Opportunities
- Visual Supports Learning Links and Checklist