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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 Head Start State Collaboration Office Launches Website

Office of Head StartThe University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services are pleased to announce the launch of the Maine Head Start State Collaboration Office (MHSSCO) website. Since 1990, the Administration for Children & Families (ACF) has awarded Head Start collaboration grants to support the development of multi-agency and public and private partnerships at the state and national levels.

Read more about the MHSSCO website here.

Free 2-hour Grant Writing Workshop at UMaine on April 23rd

Linda Silka at grant writing workshop.
The University of Maine Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and UMaine graduate students will offer a free short course for individuals without previous grant writing experience on Wednesday, April 23rd from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in York Village Building #4, Room 102. This introduction to grant writing will include many topics such as “How to Find a Funder,” “How to Write a Letter of Inquiry,” “Budgets and Timelines,” and “Program Evaluation.” Refreshments will be served.

To reserve your space, please send your reservation to Linda Silka at or call 207.581.1553.

Download the Grant Writing Workshop Announcement-2014 (PDF) here.

Person-Centered Planning Research by Hagner, Kurtz, May and Cloutier Published in Journal of Rehabilitation

Journal of Rehabilitation coverA research study by David Hagner, Alan Kurtz, Janet May, and Heidi Cloutier, “Person-Centered Planning for Transition-Aged Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” has been published in the National Rehabilitation Association’s peer-reviewed Journal of Rehabilitation (2014, Volume 80, No. 1, 4-10). The authors argue that “person-centered planning is a process that can allow individuals with disabilities to participate more actively in their transition planning, and more active participation in planning is associated with more positive vocational rehabilitation outcomes.

Read more about the person-centered planning research here.

CCIDS Now Offering Online Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies

Physical therapist helping patientThe University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies is now offering a 4-course online Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies. The certificate program is a progressive 12-credit graduate-level curriculum in which individuals from a variety of disciplines and professional backgrounds can study with students and professionals from other fields to acquire specialized knowledge in disability theory, policy and research. This Graduate Certificate provides a valuable credential for those currently working in direct services (i.e., rehabilitation, nursing, social work or education); the creation of accessible environments and products (web designer, landscape architect, or engineer); or those interested in or involved with disability and human rights policy.

Two courses in the 4-course sequence, DIS 500 Contemporary Disability Theory, and DIS 550 – Research Seminar in Disability Studies, are being offered online during the Summer 2014 semester. A third course in the 4-course sequence, DIS 530 – Disability Policy, is being offered online during the Fall 2014 semester.

Read more about the Graduate Certificate offering here.

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Updated: 04/11/2014