Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL), is providing funding to help increase vaccinations among people with disabilities and the people who support them. These grants to the disability networks in every U.S. state and territory will help provide critical services to overcome barriers that are preventing millions of those most at risk for serious illness and death from COVID-19 from receiving vaccines.
The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies is partnering with its Maine Developmental Disabilities Network partners: the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council; Disability Rights Maine; and Speaking Up for Us; on one or more of the following activities: education about the importance of receiving a vaccine; identification of people unable to independently travel to a vaccination site; assistance with scheduling a vaccine appointment; arranging or providing accessible transportation to a vaccination appointment; providing companion/personal support; reminding people with disabilities of their second vaccination appointment if needed; and/or providing technical assistance to local health departments or other entities on vaccine accessibility.
Director, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) is Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). CCIDS is a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), a national network of congressionally authorized, university-based centers sponsored by the Office on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about the work of AUCD by watching this short video.