CCIDS News

Disability Pride 2019 featured speaker, a man seated in a wheelchair addressing a crowd.

3rd Annual Disability Pride Maine Event Draws Over 150 to Mill Park

Over 150 people recently attended the 3rd Annual Disability Pride Maine event at the Pavilion in Mill Park, Augusta. The gathering was sponsored by Disability Rights Maine (DRM), Maine’s Protection and Advocacy organization, congressionally authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (the DD Act). Approximately twelve disability advocacy organizations and 3 state agencies also […]

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Capitol Building, Augusta, ME

Partisan Politics and the Forgotten Population

By Alan B. Cobo-Lewis Source: Bangor Daily News, Opinion guest column • online June 29, 2019, in print July 1, 2019. A BDN editorial recently celebrated “a welcome return to normalcy” in the state budget process. But people who had been a bipartisan priority have been forgotten — and the state has failed to meet its […]

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Four preschoolers smiling wearing their coats with hoods.

New Educare Infant/Toddler Classroom Expands Childcare Access in Central ME

Source: Educare Central Maine News Release (June 7, 2019) Photo courtesy of Educare Central Maine Educare Central Maine recently announced that it has opened the last available classroom space in its state of the art facility as part of the federal Early Head Start: Child Care Partnership grant with Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP). The initial five year grant from […]

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Somali parents with Marnie Morneault, April Fournier and Crystal Cron.

Parent Advocacy Training for Somali Parents of Children on Autism Spectrum

Over the past two decades, Maine has experienced rapid growth of racially, ethnically and linguistically diverse populations. Although Maine’s population is largely White (95%), children in Maine are disproportionately from minority populations; currently 9% of children in Maine are from a race other than White. Culturally and linguistically diverse parents often experience challenges in understanding […]

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Apply Today: Limited Spaces Remain for 2019-2020 NH-ME LEND Program

The New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration among the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability, and the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies. The mission of NH-ME LEND is to prepare leaders to enter the field […]

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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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