CCIDS News

Self Advocates at a SARTAC Meeting.

Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center

Does your self-advocacy organization have questions about things like fundraising, getting people involved or leadership? The Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) can help: its mission is to strengthen the self-advocacy movement by supporting self-advocacy organizations to grow in diversity and leadership. SARTAC, the first-ever national resource center for self-advocacy, was developed by Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), […]

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Unifying the Technical Assistance System for Maine’s Early Childhood Workforce

In late June, nearly 70 technical assistance (TA) professionals from a wide range of disciplines who support Maine’s diverse early childhood workforce gathered in Hallowell, ME for the rollout of Technical Assistance Competencies for Maine’s Early Childhood Workforce: the Process, the Product and the Plan. A technical assistance professional is an individual who provides targeted and […]

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Medicaid in Maine.

Kaiser Family Foundation: Coverage, Access and Financing Data on Medicaid in Maine

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide health and long-term care coverage to more than 70 million low-income children, pregnant women, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities in the United States. Medicaid is a major source of funding for hospitals, community health centers, physicians, and nursing homes. Federal policy […]

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New AUCD Resource Helps Programs Leverage Technology to Support Training

Source: Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Technology can be a powerful tool for training healthcare professionals across multiple locations, enabling the exchange of ideas and practices that can benefit communities – including those that have been traditionally underserved. Many programs/centers have expressed a desire to build their knowledge base in this area, thereby […]

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Maddow Shares History of ADAPT and Disability Rights Activists’ Role in Healthcare Debate

Rachel Maddow, political commentator, author and host of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, recently shared the history of ADAPT, a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, and their leadership role in protesting the proposed caps and cuts to Medicaid in the Senate health-care-reform bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of […]

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IDS 2017 Minor Group Photo

Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Celebration of Achievement

Seventeen University of Maine undergraduates were honored May 1, 2017 for completing the 24-credit Minor in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies during a celebration at Wells Conference Center. Students completing the Minor represented six academic disciplines: Child Development & Family Relations; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Elementary Education; Kinesiology & Physical Education; Psychology; and Social Work. Dr. Alan […]

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A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Medicaid

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) recently published A Self-Advocates’s Guide to Medicaid, a plain language toolkit developed in collaboration with the Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training Collaborative (ASERT)​ ​with funding from the Special Hope Foundation.​ ​Medicaid is an important part of the United States health care system and information about Medicaid and attempts to […]

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Judge Timothy Cole reviewing Moriah Geer's research presentation.

NH-ME LEND Trainees and DIS Students Present Research at UMSS17

On April 24th, 2017 over 1,200 UMaine students presented their research and creative works at the 2nd joint graduate and undergraduate University of Maine Student Symposium (UMSS) at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, ME. UMaine trainees from the 2016-2017 New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program and students from […]

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Linda Labas

Linda Labas Recognized for 25 Years of Service to UMaine

The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies congratulates Linda Labas, CCIDS’ early childhood coordinator, on her recent recognition for 25 years of service to the University of Maine. Linda has more than 40 years of professional experience in the area of early childhood. She coordinates state and federally funded early childhood projects and serves […]

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John Hennessy, Chair, 2017 SAGE Maine Board of Directors

SAGE Maine Hosts Inaugural Symposium on LGBT Aging

Founded in 1978, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) older adults. Currently there are 24 SAGE Affiliates across 16 states and the District of Columbia. In 2013, findings from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender […]

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