2019 LEND Trainees and Faculty.

Apply Today: Limited Spaces Remain for 2020-2021 NH-ME LEND Program

The application deadline for the 2020-2021 New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program at the University of Maine has been extended to April 30, 2020. NH-ME LEND provides graduate-level interdisciplinary leadership training for graduate students, family members, individuals with disabilities, and professionals from diverse disciplines to prepare them for professional […]

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Coronavirus Social Stories™

“What is the Coronavirus?” – A Social Story™ from The Autism Educator

Source: Amanda McGuinness, The Autism Educator Amanda McGuinness, creator of the website, The Autism Educator, has created a free coronavirus Social Story™ What is the Coronavirus (PDF)? to help alleviate fears and anxiety many children may be experiencing at this time. Social Stories™ were developed by educator Carol Gray in 1990 and are described as “short descriptions of a particular situation, event or […]

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) partners with Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) to create a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities. The campaign seeks to […]

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President George H. W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 into law on the South Lawn of the White House (07/26/1990).

AUCD Celebrates ADA 30th But Barriers and Challenges Remain

Press release from Rylin Rogers, Director of Public Policy, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (January 17, 2020) [PDF] SILVER SPRING, MD, January 17th, 2020 – As we begin 2020, we as a nation, including the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the signing of the […]

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Racially and ethnically diverse individuals with disabilities and their family members.

UCEDD Action Plan for People at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity & Disability

The following is an excerpt from the Executive Summary of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan for the UCEDD National Network (page 3) [PDF]. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families who are members of historically underserved racial, ethnic, and linguistic groups experience pervasive and chronic disparities across the lifespan. Among […]

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Barbara Beaulieu and Gail Fanjoy.

News and Updates from the Community Advisory Committee

In late fall, the CCIDS Community Advisory Committee (CAC) held its first meeting of the 2019-2020 grant year. The purpose of the CAC is to advise the CCIDS Director in a manner that supports the Center in meeting its responsibilities in accordance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD […]

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Bonnie Robinson working at her computer.

Robinson Provides Training on Creating Accessible Information for MRTQ Staff

CCIDS Research Associate Bonnie Robinson, M.Ed., (pictured above) recently developed and delivered a training on creating accessible materials for 14 Maine Roads to Quality (MRTQ) staff members.  Robinson has over a decade of experience in web accessibility and creating accessible information, including accessible document design. She served on the University of Maine’s Accessible Information Committee […]

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Audience listenting to closing plenary session at AUCD 2019 conference.

CCIDS Presents Research and Work-in-Progress at 2019 AUCD Conference

CCIDS faculty, staff and a community partner recently presented their research or reported on their work-in-progress at the November 2019 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference in Washington, DC. (Photo above of AUCD conference closing plenary session courtesy of AUCD). Founded in 1971, AUCD is a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and […]

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Terry Gardner, James Hiers, Michelle Houser, Paul Connair and Hanna Faulkie

Professional Panel Discusses Careers in Human Services

“I want to help people.” This is the response BJ Roach frequently receives when she asks first-year students what kind of work they’d like to do after graduation. Roach, a career counselor at the University of Maine Career Center, gently encourages them to go deeper and to ask themselves, “What do I want to help […]

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Mother holding child while doctor looks in his ear.

Pediatric Care Providers Receive New Clinical Guidance on Autism

Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published a new clinical report on the evaluation and treatment of autism spectrum disorder for clinicians in pediatric care. This  report, Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder (PDF), updates the 2007 American Academy of Pediatrics publication. It provides an online table of contents […]

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