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.
Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Minor Honorees Recognized in Celebration of Achievement
Thirty-four University of Maine undergraduates were recently honored for completing the 24-credit Minor in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies during a celebration at Wells Conference Center. (See gallery of celebration photos on our Facebook page.) Students completing the Minor represented six academic disciplines: Child Development & Family Relations; Communication Sciences & Disorders; Elementary Education; Kinesiology & Physical Education; Psychology; and Social Work.
UMaine NH LEND Trainees and Community Fellows Attend Disability Policy Seminar and Meet with Maine Congressional Delegation on Capitol Hill
University of Maine trainees and community fellows from the New Hampshire Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH LEND) Program Partnership recently prepared a policy brief and met with Maine’s Congressional Delegation on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
Hagner and Kurtz Invited to Contribute Book Chapter on Family-Centered Transition Planning Research
David Hagner, Ph.D., and Alan Kurtz, Ph.D. Candidate, were recently invited by Nova Science Publishers to contribute a chapter to a forthcoming book, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Early Signs, Intervention Options and Family Impact to be published in June 2015. Hagner, from the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability; and Kurtz, from the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies; have collaborated on two federally-funded family-centered transition planning projects (2009-2011 HRSA and 2011-2014 NIDRR) since 2009.
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.
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 and MRTQ-PDN Training Webinar Archives
- CCIDS Faculty/Staff Resources (password required)
- CCIDS/LEND Faculty Information Session Materials (2/10/15)
- 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 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