Children playing at their daycare center.

Using Consultants to Support Best Practices in Infant-Toddler Child Care

The BUILD Initiative, Center for Law and Social Policy, and ZERO TO THREE have come together to sponsor a webinar and blog series for those engaged in the state policy process as leaders, decision makers, and advocates. The series, Child Care and Development Block Grant and the First 1,000 Days: Great Beginnings for Infants and Toddlers, addresses the following: successful implementation […]

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Diagram of a pathway around a farm.

DePoy’s Passion Fuels Research About Aging Maine Farmers

Source: UMaine Research IMPACT Monthly Newsletter (August 2018) The unique aspects of Elizabeth DePoy’s horse farm, Chapter Three Farm, in Newburgh, Maine are not immediately noticeable. Equipment is lined up neatly along the walls. Hay is stacked in convenient locations. There are the usual sounds of shovels cleaning stalls and horses chomping their mid-day meal. DePoy and her […]

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Family members standing around the kitchen stove.

FINDS Report Reveals Family Caregiver Stress

Source: Association of University Centers on Disabilities In 2017, the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL) at the Institute on Community Integration (Minnesota’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities) conducted an online survey in collaboration with The Arc of the United States in order to better understand the status of family caregivers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) […]

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SEANET Student Interns in the aquaculture lab.

SEANET Student Interns Explore Aquaponics and Aquaculture Research

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS), with funding from Maine EPSCoR/SEANET, is partnering with Hancock County Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, and the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research on a six-week summer internship experience for high school students with disabilities. The project, Exploring Aquaponics 2018, will provide enrolled students with […]

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President George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), July 26, 1990.

Reflections on the Americans with Disabilities Act Signing Ceremony

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State has posted a video, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Signing Ceremony, July 26, 1990. Produced for the 25th anniversary, the video features clips of the signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. It also features interviews with advocates, administrators, and […]

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Jennifer Maeverde, MA, LCPC.

Maeverde Selected for GU Leadership Academy for Cultural and Linguistic Competence

Jennifer Maeverde, MA, LCPC, (pictured above) a Research Associate with University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS), has been selected to participate in the Fall 2018 Georgetown University Leadership Academy, a component of the Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence. The Academy is designed to build the capacity of leaders […]

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Resources to Enhance Community Participation of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion has published two new resources to enhance the community participation of individuals with psychiatric disabilities through the use of social media and web-based communication. Building An Online Presence: Using Online Media to Promote Community Inclusion (PDF) is a toolkit that examines how agency programs (or) individuals with mental illnesses can use […]

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IACC 2017 Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research

Source: Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s (IACC) April 2018 publication, 2017 Summary of Advances (PDF), provides short, plain language summaries of the top 20 research articles selected by the IACC. The studies selected for 2017 have provided new insight into potential biomarkers to predict risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental trajectories of children […]

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Group of teens sitting on top of large granite boulder with the words, Keep Maine Beautiful painted on it.

New Gorman Foundation Policy Brief on Helping Maine Youth Succeed

Source: John T. Gorman Foundation​ All young people deserve an equal chance to be healthy, happy, safe, and nurtured as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. Unfortunately, not all young people in Maine have the essential support needed to successfully make this transition and reach their full potential. ​From Adolescence to Adulthood: A Blueprint for Helping Maine’s […]

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Parents Engaged in Policy: A Six-Part Conversation About Restraint and Seclusion in Maine video series.

Parents Engaged in Policy: A Six-Part Conversation About Restraint and Seclusion in Maine

Two Maine parents of children with disabilities have produced a series of six videos to help educate parents about appropriate and incorrect uses of restraint and seclusion in educational settings in Maine. Jodie Hall, a 2017-2018 family trainee in the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program, recently completed a 70-hour community leadership placement with the Maine Coalition Against […]

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