Two women seated next to each other, looking at a computer screen. The woman on the left has short brown hair, glasses and a pink sweater. The woman on the right has Down syndrome, long brown hair and is wearing a yellow denim jacket.

Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Receives a $3.1 Million Five-Year Grant from Administration for Community Living

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) has been awarded a total of $3,155,366 in administrative core funding for the five-year grant period 2023–2028 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living. FY2024 represents CCIDS’ 32nd year of continuous federal competitive core funding as Maine’s University Center for […]

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Fall 2023: Free Virtual Training! NH-ME ECHO SCOPE: Supporting Children of the OPioid Epidemic – Cohort 5

Join a community of professionals in NH and ME who are serving substance-exposed infants and their families. This 8-week professional development opportunity emphasizes increasing professional knowledge and practice, dialoguing with professionals on the topic, and engaging in reflection and active inquiry. Each of the eight sessions builds on the content and information from the previous […]

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New Multi-Language Resource: Opening Child Care in Maine

CCIDS research associates Marnie Morneault and Bonnie Robinson have collaborated on the development of a new multi-language online resource, Opening Child Care in Maine: Resources and Support.  Since 2015, Morneault has been providing technical assistance to New Mainers who have children with disabilities. These families frequently mention the difficulty they have in accessing culturally appropriate childcare […]

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Michelle Fong (NH-ME LEND): Mind the Gap! Data Equity is Key to Health Equity for People with Disabilities

Equitable health data represents all populations and can be linked to their common characteristics. When researchers from the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), sought to examine the health equity of Maine’s population with intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities regarding COVID-19, they encountered a data gap. Maine’s COVID-19 data […]

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CCIDS Celebrates the Achievements of 15 Interdisciplinary Disability Studies’ Honorees

Fifteen University of Maine students were honored on April 25th during the 2023 Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Celebration of Achievement at Wells Conference Center. Dr. Alan Cobo-Lewis, Director of the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and Associate Professor of Psychology, delivered the opening welcome. One student was recognized for completing the […]

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UMaine CCIDS receives nearly $500K Maine DHHS grant to help adults with disabilities

With a $499,970 grant from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services Office of Aging and Disability Services, the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS), will conduct a model demonstration project of intensive evidence-based behavioral intervention to help adults with disabilities who are currently subject to restrictive behavior management […]

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Beyond the Conversation: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (March 2023)

The Administration for Community Living, along with the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) and its partners are observing Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2023. The campaign highlights how people with and without disabilities come together to form strong communities. DDAM raises awareness of the inclusion and contributions of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of […]

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UMaine’s Summer University Offering Two Disability Studies Courses Online

Summer University is an integral part of the University of Maine. Courses are taught by the same faculty who teach during the academic year. Summer University is designed to meet the needs of regularly enrolled college students, educators throughout the state, and individuals who are looking for personal and professional growth opportunities in a variety […]

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Multilingual Health and Wellness Videos From New Mainers Public Health Initiative

The New Mainers Public Health Initiative, a public health agency located in Lewiston, ME, recently released four YouTube educational videos on topics such as healthy living, vaccine education and disease prevention. An advocate for language justice, New Mainers made each of the four videos available in multiple languages; most commonly, Arabic, English, French, and Portuguese. […]

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