April: Autism Awareness and Acceptance
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.
Disability Rights Center Announces Name Change
The Disability Rights Center, Maine’s statewide protection and advocacy agency for individuals with disabilities, will now be known as Disability Rights Maine (DRM). “We are excited to join our peers around the country in changing our name to advertise that we are part of a nationwide network,” said Kim Moody, Executive Director.
Follow AUCD During Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month
During the month of April, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), the national network of CCIDS, will be using Facebook and Twitter to show how network members across the country are positively impacting the lives of individuals with autism, their families, and their communities – with a focus on the entire lifespan.
- Data and research (red)
- Identification and intervention (orange)
- Family support and resources (green)
- Policy and advocacy (blue)
Within each of these categories, AUCD will highlight the voices of people with autism and their family members, organizational partnerships, training materials, community events, resources, and legislative efforts.
Trainee Applications Available for 2015-2016 NH LEND Program at UMaine
Trainee applications are now available for the 2015-2016 New Hampshire Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH LEND) Program at the University of Maine. The NH LEND program provides graduate-level interdisciplinary training for students and professionals from diverse disciplines, including developmental pediatrics, early childhood education, social work, psychology, occupational therapy, health management and policy, and speech language pathology. Competitive scholarships are available for qualified applicants.
Autism Society of Maine Helps to Bring Autism Awareness to Communities
The Autism Society of Maine (ASM) provides education and resources to support the valued lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Please visit their April is Autism Awareness Month Web page to learn more about local, national and international events to be held in observance of Autism Awareness Month. ASM also offers suggestions and resources to help individuals and educators bring autism awareness to their communities and schools.
CCIDS and Maine Developmental Disabilities Council Publish Research Report — Accessing Healthcare: The Experience of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine
The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) and the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council have published a research report, Accessing Healthcare: The Experience of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine, that reveals promising positive trends, as well as areas of concern, in healthcare access for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders in Maine.
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
- 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.
- Humphreys, B., Couse, L., Sonnenmeier, R., Kurtz, A., Russell, S., & Antal, P. (August 2014). Transforming LEND leadership training curriculum through the Maternal and Child Health leadership competencies. Maternal and Child Health Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10995-014-1587-8
- 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)
- Learning Ideas Tipsheets
- Maine Head Start 2014 Annual Report
- Maine Technical Assistance (TA) Leadership Team (for members)
- Maine’s Expanding Inclusive Opportunities
- Visual Supports Learning Links and Checklist