CCIDS News

IACC 2017 Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research

Source: Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s (IACC) April 2018 publication, 2017 Summary of Advances (PDF), provides short, plain language summaries of the top 20 research articles selected by the IACC. The studies selected for 2017 have provided new insight into potential biomarkers to predict risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental trajectories of children […]

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Group of teens sitting on top of large granite boulder with the words, Keep Maine Beautiful painted on it.

New Gorman Foundation Policy Brief on Helping Maine Youth Succeed

Source: John T. Gorman Foundation​ All young people deserve an equal chance to be healthy, happy, safe, and nurtured as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. Unfortunately, not all young people in Maine have the essential support needed to successfully make this transition and reach their full potential. ​From Adolescence to Adulthood: A Blueprint for Helping Maine’s […]

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Parents Engaged in Policy: A Six-Part Conversation About Restraint and Seclusion in Maine video series.

Parents Engaged in Policy: A Six-Part Conversation About Restraint and Seclusion in Maine

Two Maine parents of children with disabilities have produced a series of six videos to help educate parents about appropriate and incorrect uses of restraint and seclusion in educational settings in Maine. Jodie Hall, a 2017-2018 family trainee in the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program, recently completed a 70-hour community leadership placement with the Maine Coalition Against […]

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Group photo from 2018 IDS Celebration.

2018 Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Celebration of Achievement

Thirty-four University of Maine students were honored on May 1, 2018 during the 2018 Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Celebration of Achievement at Wells Conference Center. Five students were recognized for completing the 9-credit Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies. Twenty-nine undergraduates were recognized for completing the 24-credit Minor in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies. Students completing the Minor represented […]

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Liz DePoy in the hayloft inher barn.

Maine AgrAbility Videos Feature Assistive Technology in Use on Chapter Three Farm

Maine AgrAbility has produced a series of videos on the assistive technology in use at Chapter Three Farm in Newburgh, Maine. Farmers Stephen Gilson and Elizabeth DePoy, both University of Maine professors of social work and interdisciplinary disability studies, talk about the assistive tools and modified work routines they use to continue to work successfully […]

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America's Opioid Crisis: The Unseen Impact on Children.

AAP Publishes State Fact Sheets on Impact of Opioid Crisis on Children

Source: State and National Fact Sheets:​ ​America’s Opioid Crisis: The Unseen Impact on Children A key American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advocacy priority is addressing the needs of vulnerable children impacted by the ongoing opioid epidemic. This crisis has significant and multifaceted impacts on child and family health and wellbeing. As families affected by parental substance use around […]

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Holly Hegarty with Alan Kurtz at the 2018 University of Maine Student Symposium: Research and Creative Activity.

NH-ME LEND ​and DIS Trainees​ ​Present Research at UMSS1​8​

E​ac​h​ ​spring​, University of Maine graduate and undergraduate students present their peer-reviewed research and creative achievements in an academic-conference-style event​. (Above photo: Holly Hegarty with faculty mentor Dr. Alan Kurtz.) The 2018 University of Maine Student Symposium​ (UMSS​18​)​ was held on April 17, 2018 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, ME. Oral presentations and […]

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"Changing the Way We See" artwork awarded first place in the Creative Expression Award from the Maine DD Council.

Maine Developmental Disabilities Council Inclusion Awards

The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council honored high school students, educators and Senator Angus S. King (I) during the third annual Inclusion Awards held on April 25, 2018 at the Maine Statehouse Hall of Flags. ​Students from 20 Maine high schools submitted essays and/or works of creative expression. Essayists responded to the ​following ​questions, “What does […]

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Six reasons why YOU should apply to the NH-ME LEND Program video.

Six Reasons Why YOU Should Apply to the NH-ME LEND Program at UMaine

Your leadership is needed by children and youth with developmental disabilities and their families. 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 […]

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Two Parents Lead Maine Policy Project on Restraint and Seclusion

The Maine Policy Project on Restraint and Seclusion was one of thirty-eight examples of state-level leadership in disability policy celebrated during the recent Association of University Centers on Disabilities AUCD for All Gala. Source: AUCD4all – Maine Policy Project on Restraint and Seclusion When her son experienced a challenging transition to public kindergarten from a special purpose private pre-school and was restrained […]

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