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Disability: Part of the Equity Equation

Observed annually in October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities past and present and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices. In recognition of the important role people with disabilities play in a diverse and inclusive American workforce, the theme for NDEAM 2022 is “Disability: Part of the […]

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The NH-ME LEND Program Kicks Off Another Year!

Source: LEND Spotlight Fall 2022 September marks an exciting time of year, as the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program welcomes a dynamic, new cohort of trainees. On Friday, September 9, trainees and faculty came together for a meet and greet lunch and ice-breaker activity in Durham, NH, followed […]

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Guest Blogger Bill Gaventa: Including God in Person-Centered Planning

Guest contributor William (Bill) Gaventa, M.Div., recently submitted a blog post, “Including God in Person-Centered Planning: The Importance of Spirituality” to the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies’ Equity and Policy Blog. In his post, Bill describes the importance of exploring the spiritual backgrounds, preferences and interests of people we support […]

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Staying Safe at Work: A Free Virtual Training

The University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability is offering a free virtual training, Staying Safe at Work (PDF), during September and October 2022. This training is designed for under-served workers, including workers with low literacy skills or limited English proficiency, workers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and young workers, to teach them the skills to […]

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Free EC Training for NH and ME: Supporting Children of the Opioid Epidemic

The New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability is currently recruiting early childhood professionals in New Hampshire and Maine for a fourth cohort of NH-ME ECHO SCOPE: Supporting Children of the OPioid Epidemic. This series of eight sessions aims to increase providers’ knowledge of strategies, skills and […]

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KU RTCIL: Guidelines: How to Write about People with Disabilities (9th edition)

The University of Kansas Research and Training Center on Independent Living (KU RTCIL) has produced a 9th edition of Guidelines: How to Write about People with Disabilities. Originally published in 1984, Guidelines was “modeled after the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook … to reach reporters and editors, whose word choice influences their audience’s attitudes toward people with […]

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Maine CDC Publishes 2022 Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment Reports by County

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published the 2022 Maine Shared Community Heath Needs Assessment Reports (CHNA) by county. (Update) The 2022 Statewide Report is now available online. The county-by-county reports note, “The pandemic is affecting different segments of the population more than others. The August 2021/COVID Resilience Survey showed that younger […]

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Congratulations to the NH-ME LEND Cohort of 2022!

Source: NH-ME LEND Spotlight May 2022 For the first time in 2 years, NH-ME LEND faculty, staff, trainees, and community partners celebrated together at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) on Friday, May 6, 2022. Being together in-person after so much virtual participation was especially meaningful to everyone who attended. The event was filled with […]

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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities (ACL)

Source: New Report on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities – Research Findings The Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) has released a report, Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities (PDF) that highlights key research findings on the impact […]

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Caring For ME Campaign to Recruit Behavioral Health and Direct Care Workers

Source: Introducing  Given the critical need for direct care and behavioral health workers in Maine, the Maine Departments of Labor, Health & Human Services and Economic Development developed a targeted marketing campaign to recruit more entry-level direct care and behavioral health care employees into these fields. A survey effort with 700+ current and future workers […]

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