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.
2015 Public Forums to Gain Input on 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 providers for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are encouraged to provide feedback by either attending one of the 2015 Public Feedback Forums (or) by completing an anonymous online survey that will be available through November 30, 2015.
ODEP Inclusive Internship Program Guide Assists Employers Seeking to Diversity Workforce
The 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
The 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.
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
- 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.
- 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 Technical Assistance (TA) Leadership Team (for members)
- 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