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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.


National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities Publishes Handbook for Self-Determined Living

Read The Art of Impact: A Handbook for Self-Determined Living here.The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) has released a new online publication, The Art of Impact: A Handbook for Self-Determined Living, written by and for individuals with disabilities. Preface: “The Art of Impact is an e-book/website for the advocate who wants to be on a journey whether just beginning or very experienced. There is always more to do.” The accessible publication is available in multiple formats including PDF, e-reader and straight text and is available at no charge at the Start Your Journey Here! website.


University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Act as Bridge Between Universities and Communities

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living.In observance of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living is featuring guest blogs from leaders in the disability community. In his guest blog, Andrew Imparato, J.D., executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, describes how University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) work to ensure that the voices of people with disabilities are included within and beyond the halls of academia. The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) is Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and part of a national network of centers congressionally authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. CCIDS conducts interdisciplinary education, research, and community engagement activities to positively affect the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout Maine and beyond.


Maine Legislature Recognizes 50 Years of Head Start in Maine

Head Start Recognition by State of Maine LegislatureOn May 18, 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson officially announced Project Head Start from the White House Rose Garden. Head Start launched in the summer of 1965, serving more than 560,000 children and families across America in an eight-week summer program through Head Start Child Development Centers throughout the United States. This week, the Maine Legislature recognized the Maine Head Start Directors’ Association in Augusta on the 50th Anniversary of Head Start in Maine. For more information about the history of Head Start and a timeline, please visit the Office of Head Start 50th Anniversary Timeline.


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.

August 11, 2015 In this edition of Tuesdays with Liz, Liz interview Karen Edwards about AUCD’s annual conference.


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Updated: 08/11/2015