CCIDS News

Small group of honorees with Dr. Elizabeth DePoy and Dr. Stephen Gilson.

2019 Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Celebration of Achievement

Twenty-five University of Maine students were honored on April 30, 2019 during the 2019 Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Celebration of Achievement in Corbett Hall (some student honorees are shown in the above photo). Three students were recognized for completing the 9-credit Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies. Twenty-two undergraduates were recognized for completing the 24-credit Minor […]

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Janet May with the Steve Gould Award - 2019

Janet May Named 2019 Steve Gould Award Winner

Content courtesy of UMaine News (April 19, 2019) Janet May, coordinator of transition and adults in the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) at the University of Maine, is the 2019 recipient of the Steve Gould Award. The annual award is presented to members of the UMaine community who have, by their conduct, demonstrated superior qualities of […]

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NH-ME Lend trainee Holly Hegarty and Alan Kurtz.

Advocating for a High Quality of Life: Alan Kurtz

Courtesy of the NH-ME LEND Spotlight (April 2019) For more than 25 years, Alan Kurtz (pictured above with NH-ME LEND trainee Holly Hegarty) has provided training and technical assistance to teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, and state and private agency staff on inclusive education, positive behavior supports, and person-centered planning to enhance the quality of life of individuals with […]

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Portrait of a young boy with big blue eyes.

May 17th Conference: Effects of Substance Abuse on Young Children

There is still time to register online for the 7th Annual NH-ME LEND & Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Spring Conference on Friday, May 17, 2019 in Concord, NH.  For more information, please visit the event website or download the conference brochure. The registration fee is $75. Providers from a variety of disciplines care for young children affected by substance misuse. Morning sessions will focus on neonatal abstinence syndrome […]

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Filmmaker Dan Habib in front of Soderberg Center.

Filmmaker Dan Habib Leads Public Screening of Intelligent Lives at UMaine

On Thursday, April 4, 2019, CCIDS hosted a free public screening of the film, Intelligent Lives, at the University of Maine’s Soderberg Auditorium. Nearly 40 people, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, family members, service providers, college students, educators and other professionals, attended the event. As part of the introduction to his film, Dan Habib […]

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Summer University 2019: Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Online

Looking for a Summer 2019 class online? Two Interdisciplinary Disability Studies (DIS) courses are being offered: DIS 300 and DIS 500. DIS 300 – Disability: Interaction of Human Diversity and Global Environments  Designed to introduce the student to disability as an element of human diversity that has a significant reciprocal relationship with the environment. We […]

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Intelligent Lives star, Naieer.

Free Screening of Intelligent Lives with Filmmaker Dan Habib

What do we lose when intelligence is a number? Please join us on April 4, 2019 for a free public screening of the film, Intelligent Lives, from award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib. Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities—Micah, Naieer (pictured above), and Naomie—who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, […]

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Liz Weintraub

Tuesdays with Liz: Inclusion in the Jewish Community

As we conclude Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, Liz Weintraub talks with Shelly Christensen about her new book, From Longing to Belonging: A Practical Guide to Including People with Disabilities and Mental Health Conditions in Your Faith Community. Weintraub, a long-time disability advocate, is Senior Advocacy Specialist for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and […]

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A woman poses with her disabled friend.

Kurtz and Smith Publish Article on Emerging Alternative to Guardianship

Source: The Communicator: A Publication of the Autism National Committee, Volume 24(3), 6-7. Fall 2018 Alan Kurtz, Ph.D., and Valerie Smith, Ph.D., recently collaborated on an article, Supported Decision-Making as an Alternative to Guardianship, that was published in the Fall 2018 edition of The Communicator: A Publication of the Autism National Committee. Dr. Kurtz is the Coordinator of Education and Autism Initiatives at […]

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