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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.


Planning Accessible Meetings and Conferences: A Suggested Checklist and Guide

Planning Accessible Meetings and Conferences: A Suggested Checklist coverThe University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) and Speaking Up for Us (SUFU) have collaborated on a new publication, Planning Accessible Meetings and Conferences: A Suggested Checklist and Guide. This checklist, a 15-page accessible PDF, is designed to help any person, group, or organization plan a meeting or conference that is inclusive and welcoming for everyone. It offers helpful suggestions in many areas of event planning, including choosing a location, using respectful language for registration questions about accommodations, and tips on refreshments and meals. Its purpose is to provide practical recommendations that promote meaningful participation for everyone. The checklist may be completed electronically or printed and filled out by hand.

Planning Accessible Meetings and Conferences was developed and field-tested with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Grant No. 90DD0005.


Maine Roads to Quality Application for 2015-2016 Statewide Inclusion Credential Cohort Now Available

Maine Roads To Quality Early Care and Education Professional Development NetworkApplications for the 2015-2016 Statewide Inclusion Credential Cohort are now being accepted through September 1, 2015. In partnership with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services, the Maine Inclusion Credential has been developed by Maine Roads to Quality and the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies to help practitioners build the skills, knowledge, resources, and attitudes to offer care to all children in an inclusive environment. For more information about the credential or to download an application, please visit the Maine Inclusion Credential web page here.


Download the Maine Head Start 2014 Annual Report (5MB PDF) here.

Head Start Matters: 2014 Annual Report Highlights Vital Contributions to Early Care and Education System in Maine

The Maine Head Start Directors’ Association and the Maine Head Start State Collaboration Office have published their 2014 Annual Report on Head Start and Early Head Start in Maine.
Read more about the Maine Head Start 2014 Annual Report here.


CCIDS and Maine Developmental Disabilities Council Publish Research Report — Accessing Healthcare: The Experience of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine

Download the Accessing Healthcare: The Experience of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine (PDF) here.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.

Read more about the Accessing Healthcare report here.


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.

March 24, 2015 – Liz Weintraub interviews Taryn Williams, Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement. Taryn Williams serves as the White House’s liaison to the disability community. The interview covers a variety of topics including the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class initiative, access to post-secondary education, and the upcoming anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


CCIDS Website Highlights

Featured Publications

  • 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

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Updated: 03/27/2015