CCIDS News

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CCIDS and Partners in Maine DD Network Collaborate on COVID-19 Vaccination Video PSAs

CCIDS and partners in the Maine Developmental Disabilities Network (the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Disability Rights Maine, Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, and Speaking Up for Us) collaborated with Gray Media Group (WAGM-TV) to design, produce and broadcast seven video public service announcements (PSAs) to help increase COVID-19 vaccinations among […]

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Maine Launches New Checking Account Option for Mainers with Disabilities

Source: Maine launches a new checking account to help expand banking options for Mainers with disabilities. Maine Public / Jennifer Mitchell (October 19, 2021) “Unlike other ABLE programs to come from that same 2014 legislation . . . Maine’s program is unique in that it allows people who receive disability benefits to save and manage their […]

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October 20, 2021: Celebrate NDEAM with US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh

Join U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Taryn Williams for a virtual celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and the 20th Anniversary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT There is no cost to […]

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Young woman of color seated, wearing a blue face mask, pointing to a Band-Aid on her right arm after receiving the COVID-19 shot.

CDC: COVID-19 Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Source: COVID-19 Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Care Providers COVID-19 is challenging to explain, live through, and talk about. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created COVID-19 materials for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and care providers. The materials (videos, posters, social stories and interactive activities) were created […]

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Free EC Training for NH and ME: Supporting Children of the Opioid Epidemic

The New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability is currently recruiting early childhood professionals in New Hampshire and Maine for a unique training opportunity – NH-ME ECHO SCOPE: Supporting Children of the Opioid Epidemic. This free series of ten sessions aims […]

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Administration for Community Living Publishes 30 Years of Community Living

Source: 30 Years of Community Living, Administration for Community Living The Administration for Community Living has funded three longitudinal data projects of national significance for nearly 30 years. Those projects study where people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (ID/DD) live, if and where they work, and how public money is spent on supports. The grantees […]

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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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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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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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