CCIDS News

New Director Named for Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies

Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Carol H. Kim has named Alan B. Cobo-Lewis, Ph.D., as the director of the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). He becomes the Center’s second director in 23 years, succeeding founding director, […]

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University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Act as Bridge Between Universities and Communities

In observance of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living is featuring guest blogs from leaders in the disability community. In his guest blog, Andrew Imparato, J.D., executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, describes how University […]

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Maine Legislature Recognizes 50 Years of Head Start in Maine

On May 18, 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson officially announced Project Head Start from the White House Rose Garden. Head Start launched in the summer of 1965, serving more than 560,000 children and families across America in an eight-week summer program through Head Start Child Development Centers throughout the United States. This week, the Maine […]

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Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26, 2015)

July 26, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. All month, @Disabilitygov will feature guest bloggers celebrating the […]

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Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Navigator Learning Portal Launches 5-Minute MCH

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Navigator, a learning portal for maternal and child health professionals, students, and others working to improve the health of women, children, adolescents, and families, has launched a training program to build knowledge and skills in each of the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies. The MCH Navigator will conduct a monthly […]

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Dakota Douglas: Maine Artist for the 2015 Daring to Dream Awards

Since its inception, the Daring to Dream Award has always reflected the artistry and vision of Maine artisans with disabilities. In 2002, local artist Lisa Raven designed a large commemorative stained glass display, and for several years, annually produced smaller reproductions for the individual awards. In 2012, the Center celebrated its 20th Anniversary with special […]

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CCIDS Honors 2015 Daring to Dream Award Honorees in Advocacy, Public Policy Change, and Social Change

Every few years, the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies recognizes individuals or organizations whose vision and leadership contribute to making the dream of inclusive communities a reality for individuals with disabilities and their families. The Daring to Dream Awards were initiated in 2002 as part of the Center’s 10th Anniversary celebration. The […]

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CCIDS Honors Retiring Director and Founder Lu Zeph

On June 18, 2015, the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) held a retirement tribute to honor founding Director, Lu Zeph, in conjunction with the Center’s 2015 Daring to Dream Awards. Spoken, written and video tributes were shared from friends, families, university colleagues, community, state and federal partners, legislators and […]

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Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Interviews Lu Zeph

Letter from Liz Weintraub of Disability Policy for All Dear Friends: I am excited to share with you this week’s edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All. In this week’s edition, I talked with Lu Zeph, the UCEDD director in Maine. She is retiring at the end of the month. I talked with […]

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