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Director's Welcome

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.


Maine Developmental Services Feedback Forums to Conclude with Statewide Call and Online Meeting

Download the Public Call-in Forum information (PDF)The Maine Developmental Services Oversight & Advisory Board will conclude its 2014 Public Feedback Forum Series with an online meeting and toll-free statewide conference call on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Several regional feedback forums have been held since early September to gain input on services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

To participate in the online meeting follow this link on October 23, 2014 beginning at 6:30 p.m. To participate in the Toll-free conference call dial 1-877-455-0244, and enter conference code 4806634974 when prompted.

Confidential online surveys for individuals, family members and providers will remain open until Thursday, October 30, 2014 .

Download the Public Call-in Forum (PDF) flyer here.


Employment: the Cornerstone of Full Community Participation

Sharon LewisSharon Lewis, Principal Deputy for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, has published a thoughtful blog post on the fundamental right to work for a competitive wage in an integrated community workplace. An excerpt: “Everyone deserves the opportunity to find and enjoy meaningful work. This includes older adults and people with disabilities. When everyone—including people who experience the most difficult barriers to employment—has the chance to contribute, we all benefit. Our businesses and our communities are stronger when we bring together the talents and perspectives of a truly inclusive workforce.” Read the full blog post here.


“Expect. Employ. Empower.”

Expect. Employ. Empower.The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. For more information on disability employment issues, currently disability employment statistics, and disability policy and practice, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy.


U.S. DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy Publishes Workplace Flexibility Toolkit

Office of Disability Employment PolicyThe U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Women’s Bureau have developed the Workplace Flexibility Toolkit to meet the needs of employers and their employees, which includes when, where, and how work is done. Workplace flexibility enables both individual and business needs to be met through making changes to the time (when), location (where), and manner (how) in which an employee works. Flexibility should be mutually beneficial to both the employer and employee and result in superior outcomes. For more information go to the Workplace Flexibility Toolkit web page.


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Updated: 10/23/2014