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Director's Welcome

Alan Cobo-Lewis, Director

Alan Cobo-Lewis, Director

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.


February: Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)

Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month February 2016.Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and those who love them. Established in 2009 by the Jewish Special Education International Consortium, JDAIM is observed each February. #‎2016JDAIM @inclusioninnova For more information visit the Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month webpage.


A Portrait of Wellbeing: The Status of Seniors in Maine

A Portrait of Wellbeing: The Status of Seniors in Maine report cover.The John T. Gorman Foundation has published a new report, A Portrait of Wellbeing: The Status of Seniors in Maine (PDF), complied by researchers at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy. The report provides an overview of the most recent data about economic, housing, and social indicators that are important to Maine seniors’ ability to successfully and safely age in place. Using U.S. Census data, the report describes how seniors in Maine are faring compared to seniors in other New England states and the nation as a whole.


Coming in April: Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference in Augusta

Pete Wright, Esq.

Pete Wright, Esq.

The Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation – Child Care Options is sponsoring a one-day Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference with Pete Wright, Esq., at the Augusta Civic Center on April 28, 2016. The program focuses on four areas: Special education law, rights and responsibilities; ​tests and measurements to measure progress and regression; SMART IEPs; and introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.

Read more about the conference here.


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.


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Updated: 02/01/2016