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Thielen and Kurtz Share Perspectives on Digital Equity During COVID-19

CCIDS colleagues Cynthia Thielen and Alan Kurtz shared their perspectives on digital equity during the pandemic in a newsletter article, Digital Equity in the Time of COVID-19 (PDF), published in the Winter 2021 edition of The Communicator, a publication of the Autism National Committee. Kurtz and Thielen are members of the CCIDS Social Undistancing Committee that was established in Spring […]

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SAMHSA Issue Brief: Treatment for Suicidal Ideation Among Youth

“Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 in the United States, and suicide attempts are significantly higher among youth, compared to adults.” (SAMHSA, Treatment, pg. 3) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published a new guide, Treatment for Suicidal Ideation, Self-harm, and Suicide […]

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Virtual Step Up Program Helps Maine High School Students with Autism Prepare for College

Following a successful pilot program, the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) again collaborated with the Maine Department of Labor Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), the UMaine College of Education and Human Development, and Student Accessibility Services to deliver the Step Up Program for high school students with autism spectrum […]

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Maine Parent Federation Publishes 2021 Summer Camp Directory

Maine Parent Federation recently updated their Summer Camp Directory for 2021 (PDF). This directory is a compilation of responses to their survey sent in the fall of 2020 to summer camps in Maine. The information is intended to help parents and guardians choose a summer camp that meets their child’s needs. All children with disabilities have the same […]

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Updated November 2020! Planning Accessible Meetings Checklist and Guide

Planning Accessible Meetings and Conferences: A Suggested Checklist and Guide (PDF) is a free resource developed by the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies in partnership with Speaking Up for Us, an organization run by and for adults who live with developmental disabilities. The checklist is designed to help any person, group, or organization […]

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45th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Source: U.S. Department of Education, IDEA – 45 Years Later Nov. 29, 2020, marks the 45th anniversary of President Gerald Ford signing the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142) into law. The 1990 amendment to Public Law 94-142 changed the law’s name to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IDEA has experienced numerous […]

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Impact: Featured Issue on Self-Advocacy for People with Disabilities (MN UCEDD)

The latest issue of Impact, a newsletter series from the Institute on Community Integration, Minnesota’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), explores the history of the Self-Advocacy Movement, including its shared history with the Civil Rights and Feminist movements of the 1960s and ’70s. In this Feature Issue on Self-Advocacy for People with Intellectual, Developmental and Other […]

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PPBF Offers Free Smile Masks for Eligible Families and Professionals in ME

Source: PPBF Smile Mask Order Form The Percival P. Baxter Foundation for Maine’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children (PPBF) is partnering with Rafi Nova to offer free Smile Masks for eligible families and professionals in Maine. In the COVID era, Smile Masks provide greater visual access for Maine’s Deaf and hard of hearing children. This […]

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UMaine 2020-2021 NH-ME LEND Trainees

CCIDS Welcomes 2020–2021 UMaine NH-ME LEND Trainees

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) warmly welcomes the 2020-2021 cohort of UMaine trainees in the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program. UMaine trainees pictured from left to right, beginning in the top row: Monique Stairs; Gabby Jackson; Jaci Peterson; Rosie Hoffman; Ivory Mills, Shane DaSilva-Novotny; Hibo Omer; and Tracey Miller. The NH-ME LEND […]

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