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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.


A Tribute to Senator James M. Jeffords, A True Public Servant

Lu Zeph, CCIDS Founding Director and Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Public Policy Co-Chair, wrote the following tribute to U.S. Senator James M. Jeffords, who passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014.

Senator James M. JeffordsAn obituary will tell you that Senator James M. Jeffords was born on May 11, 1934 in Rutland, Vermont and passed away August 18, 2014, that his parents were Marion and Olin Jeffords, that his father was the Chief Court Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, that he attended public schools in Rutland and went on to graduate from Yale and Harvard Law School, that he served in the Navy, and the Naval Reserve, that he served in U. S. Congress for 32 years first as a Republican member of the House from (1975-1989) and later in the Senate (from 1989-2001 as a Republican and from 2001-2007 as an Independent), that he was married to Elizabeth Daley and that he had two children, Laura and Leonard.

The facts tell a story of a man of privilege, power, and influence—but do not align with the true nature of this man…Read the entire tribute here.


CCIDS to Host Remote Broadcast of Baylor 15th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference on October 2-3, 2014

Baylor College of Medicine logoThe University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies will be a broadcast site for the 15​th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care​,​ on October ​2-​3​, 2014​. The conference, co-sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, provides a state-of-the-art update on issues involved in health care transition for youth and young adults with chronic illness and disability and their families from pediatric to adult-based services. ​

There is no cost to attend the remote broadcast, but preregistration is required. Please preregister by following this link.

View conference details here.

View the Agenda for Thursday, October 2, 2014.

View the Agenda for Friday, October 3, 2014.

The remote broadcast is supported by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)​​ through HRSA ​g​rant #UA5MC11068​ and ​the Texas DSHS Title V CYSHCN Program.


Article by Humphreys, Couse, Sonnenmeier, Kurtz, Russell, and Antal Published in Maternal and Child Health Journal

Maternal and Child Health Journal coverThe Maternal and Child Health Journal has published an article co-authored by colleagues from the New Hampshire Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-LEND) Program Partnership. The article, “Transforming LEND Leadership Training Curriculum through the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies,” DOI: 10.1007/s10995-014-1587-8, describes how the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Competencies (v 3.0) (PDF) were used to examine and improve an MCH Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training curriculum for New ​Hampshire and Maine​.​

Read more about the Maternal and Child Health Journal article here.


CCIDS and Maine EPSCoR Publish Field-Tested Model of Transition Supports for High School Students with Disabilities Interested in STEM Education and Careers

Cover of the STEM ModelA free resource, 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, is now available online courtesy of the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and Maine EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research). The publication is based on a model developed and field-tested by ​Martie Kendrick​, M.Ed., Marnie Bragdon-Morneault, M.Ed., Janet May, M.Ed., and Alan Kurtz, M.Ed., Ph.D. Candidate, during a three-year (2011-2014) Maine EPSCoR-funded project of the same name. It includes ​a package of evidenced-based ​​transition supports that can be used ​by educators or instructors with high school students with disabilities who are interested in pursuing STEM ​-related ​postsecondary ​​education and careers. Publication sections include ​”STEM Careers and You,​”​ “Getting What You Need​,”​ ​”​Making It Meaningful ​,”​ ​”​College Bound​,”​ and ​”Person-Centered Planning Toolbox.​”​

Read more about and download the publication here.


Public Feedback Requested on Maine Developmental Services for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities through September 15th

Rick Langley (Disability Rights Center) and Dr. Jacquelyn Lowman, (UMPI) at 2013 Public Forum in Presque IsleThe Maine Developmental Services Oversight & Advisory Board is requesting public feedback to gain input on services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A​dults with intellectual and developmental disabilities​ (I/DD)​​; f​amily members, siblings, guardians, correspondents, friends ​ and ​advocates​; ​and service providers​ for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities,​ are encouraged to​ ​provide feedback through an anonymous ​online ​survey that will be available through September 15, 2014.


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Updated: 08/21/2014