Celebrating Neurodiversity and Inclusion​: Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month

Please join the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and our national network, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), as we celebrate neurodiversity and inclusion – April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month! Bookmark AUCD’s April 2016: Autism Awareness & Acceptance web page and visit often during April to learn how network members across the country are positively impacting the lives of individuals with autism, their families, and their communities.

A list of selected CCIDS resources of possible interest to individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals and communities that support them, appears below.


Early Childhood




  • 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 (2014) – A model for supporting the transition of Maine high school students with disabilities into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-related postsecondary educational opportunities within the University of Maine System.
  • Person-Centered Planning for Transition-Aged Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2014) (PDF). – This study explores strategies and supports used to help transition-aged youth with ASD participate in person-centered transition planning meetings. Implications for the use of this planning process by rehabilitation counselors involved in transition are discussed.
  • Outcomes of a Family-Centered Transition Process for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2012) (PDF). – This study assessed the effectiveness of a transition planning approach that empowers students with ASD and their families, educates them about the transition process, and helps them connect with community resources.