Advocating for a High Quality of Life: Alan Kurtz
Courtesy of the NH-ME LEND Spotlight (April 2019)
For more than 25 years, Alan Kurtz (pictured above with NH-ME LEND trainee Holly Hegarty) has provided training and technical assistance to teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, and state and private agency staff on inclusive education, positive behavior supports, and person-centered planning to enhance the quality of life of individuals with autism and their families. In 2012, Alan was named the Area Coordinator of Autism and Education at the University of Maine’s Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies. He coordinates research and training activities across the state of Maine including federally funded projects on the transition of youth to adult life.
As a member of the NH-ME LEND faculty since 2011, Alan has shared his expertise with LEND trainees to promote their understanding of individuals with autism and the role of person-centered planning to support successful transition to adult life. Alan was a member of the team that attended the Interdisciplinary Leadership Learning Collaborative (ILLC) hosted by the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2012 and has worked since then to design and implement the Interdisciplinary Leadership Intensive sessions that form the core of the NH-ME LEND leadership curriculum. Additionally, he has been a leader on curriculum development related to health equity and culturally and linguistically sensitive care, as well as studying the impact of team-based learning within the NH-ME LEND program.
Alan was recently honored for 25 years of service to the University of Maine during an employee recognition and awards ceremony.