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Lucille Zeph, CCIDS Director

Lucille Zeph, CCIDS Director

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

Dr. Gilson with Ruby D'salva-BoutonThirty-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.

Read more about the IDS Minor Celebration of Achievement here.


UMaine NH LEND Trainees and Community Fellows Attend Disability Policy Seminar and Meet with Maine Congressional Delegation on Capitol Hill

LEND Trainees in Washington D.C.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​.

Read more about the UMaine LEND members’ visit to Capitol Hill here.


Hagner and Kurtz Invited to Contribute Book Chapter on Family-Centered Transition Planning Research

Read more about, "Autism Spectrum Disorders: Early Signs, Intervention Options and Family Impact" here.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.

Read more about this chapter here.


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.

May 19, 2015 -In this week’s edition Liz discusses technology specifically speech generating devices..


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Updated: 05/26/2015