CCIDS News

A preschool teacher sitting on the floor with a group of multi-ethnic children in a circle. They are watching her as she holds up a card. A little girl, a special needs child with down syndrome, is standing beside her handing a card to another child.

Administration for Children & Families Renews Commitment to Inclusive EC Education

Source: The following blog was written by Katie Hamm, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development, Office of Early Childhood Development. It originally appeared on the Administration for Children & Families’ Family Room Blog on July 13, 2021. July is Disability Pride Month. As we celebrate the 31st anniversary of the signing of the American Disabilities Act (ADA), we […]

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A senior woman with an intellectual disability wearing a blue t-shirt received a COVID-19 vaccination in her home.

Expanding COVID-19 Vaccine Access for People with Disabilities and Support Staff

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS), Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help increase COVID-19 vaccinations among people with disabilities and the people who support them. Funding for the 18-month project, Expanding […]

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HHS Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline (DIAL) for People with Disabilities

Source: Administration for Community Living Newsroom, HHS Launches Hotline to Improve Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for People with Disabilities (June 8, 2021). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind national hotline to connect people with disabilities to information and services to improve access to COVID-19 vaccines. The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is now available […]

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Hibo Omer standing outside a house on Maple Street in Lewiston, Maine, reading an official notice of environmental lead hazards taped to the front door.

NH-ME LEND Graduate’s Two-Decade Campaign Against Lead Poisoning in Lewiston

Source: The Maine Monitor. ‘Incremental’ progress: Maine’s effort to address lead poisoning was gaining momentum before COVID-19 (June 6, 2021). Lewiston-Auburn (ME) has struggled with high rates of lead poisoning for years, recording the state’s highest case count in 2019. The issue is personal for Hibo Omer, program director for the New Mainers Public Health Initiative and a […]

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Crisis Management for People with IDD and Other Disabilities

The University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration has just published the latest edition of their newsletter, Impact, which is a Feature Issue on Crisis Management for People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities. “Like the rest of the world,” note Impact’s Editors, “we are still reeling from disaster upon disaster, from global pandemic to a reckoning on […]

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Leading Early Learning: Professional Learning Series for Elementary School Administrators

Source: Maine DOE Newsroom, Leading Early Learning—A Professional Learning Series for Elementary School Administrators As Maine elementary schools have added preschool programming and continue to support the development of children in the Pre-K to Grade 3 span, many elementary principals have requested additional professional learning to support their work as educational leaders. The Maine Department of Education (DOE) and four […]

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NH-ME LEND Trainees Display Scholarship and Leadership in Capstone Poster Session

On May 7, 2021, twenty-four trainees from the 2020-2021 New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program shared their scholarship and leadership development during the annual Capstone Poster Session and Celebration. In keeping with federal and state Centers for Disease Control (CDC) health and safety guidance, the event was held online. […]

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OADS to Sponsor Online Workshops to Support Community Relationships and Belonging

Source: Maine DHHS, Office of Aging and Disability Services’ flyer, Registration is open! Building Community Relationships, Valued Roles & Belonging with Angela Novak Amado, Ph.D. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS), is sponsoring an online series of two-hour workshops, Supporting Community Relationships, Valued Roles & Belonging, […]

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