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IDS 2017 Minor Group Photo

Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Celebration of Achievement

Seventeen University of Maine undergraduates were honored May 1, 2017 for completing the 24-credit Minor in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies during a celebration at Wells Conference Center. Students completing the Minor represented six academic disciplines: Child Development & Family Relations; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Elementary Education; Kinesiology & Physical Education; Psychology; and Social Work. Dr. Alan […]

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A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Medicaid

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) recently published A Self-Advocates’s Guide to Medicaid, a plain language toolkit developed in collaboration with the Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training Collaborative (ASERT)​ ​with funding from the Special Hope Foundation.​ ​Medicaid is an important part of the United States health care system and information about Medicaid and attempts to […]

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Judge Timothy Cole reviewing Moriah Geer's research presentation.

NH-ME LEND Trainees and DIS Students Present Research at UMSS17

On April 24th, 2017 over 1,200 UMaine students presented their research and creative works at the 2nd joint graduate and undergraduate University of Maine Student Symposium (UMSS) at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, ME. UMaine trainees from the 2016-2017 New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program and students from […]

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Linda Labas

Linda Labas Recognized for 25 Years of Service to UMaine

The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies congratulates Linda Labas, CCIDS’ early childhood coordinator, on her recent recognition for 25 years of service to the University of Maine. Linda has more than 40 years of professional experience in the area of early childhood. She coordinates state and federally funded early childhood projects and serves […]

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John Hennessy, Chair, 2017 SAGE Maine Board of Directors

SAGE Maine Hosts Inaugural Symposium on LGBT Aging

Founded in 1978, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) older adults. Currently there are 24 SAGE Affiliates across 16 states and the District of Columbia. In 2013, findings from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender […]

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Guidelines: How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities​

“​Writers, editors, reporters and other communicators strive to use the most accurate terminology about people with disabilities. However, inaccurate, archaic and offensive expressions are still commonly used, perpetuating negative stereotypes and beliefs about people with disabilities.”​ First published in 1984, Guidelines: How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities (PDF), has become the standard for using […]

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George Sugai, Ph.D.

Seats Available! PBIS for Children and Youth with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Providers from a variety of disciplines care for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders who struggle with challenging behaviors across home and school settings. This conference will provide opportunities for providers, therapists, nurses and educators to learn more about Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), an evidence-based treatment for challenging behaviors […]

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Alan Kurtz, Susan Russell and Betsy Humphreys in Birmingham, AL.

NH-ME LEND Selected for MCH Diversity & Health Equity Collaborative

The New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program was recently selected to participate in the 2017 Diversity & Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative, supported by the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Bureau, Division of MCH Workforce Development. The Division of MCH Workforce Development provides national leadership and direction in educating […]

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Life Side by Side. #DDawareness17

Life Side-by-Side: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Since 1987, March has been designated as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. For the second year in a row, three national organizations, representing the three partners in each state and territory authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (the DD Act), are collaborating on a social media campaign highlighting inclusion, Life Side-by-Side. The […]

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US DOE OSERS Releases New Transition Resource Guide for Students

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) recently published A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities (62 pg. PDF). The guide advances efforts to ensure all students and youth with disabilities develop the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the 21st […]

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