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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Dylan and Derek Volk.

“Chasing the Rabbit” Author to Present at UMaine

Source: Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research Derek Volk, the author of “Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum,” will be on the University of Maine campus offering a free presentation open to the UMaine and local communities. On Friday, April 27th at 6:30 p.m., Mr. Volk will be sharing his story of the challenges […]

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Two people laughling.

PCPID Releases Report on Direct Support Workforce

Source: The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) has released its 2017 report, America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis: Effects on People with Intellectual Disabilities, Families, Communities and the U.S. Economy. Direct support professionals (DSPs) provide services and supports that empower people with intellectual disabilities to live in the community. In the report, PCPID notes that DSPs […]

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Young female student using laptop and headphones whilst lying on the grass.

Summer University 2018: Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Online

Looking for a Summer 2018 class online? Two Interdisciplinary Disability Studies (DIS) courses are being offered: DIS 300 and DIS 500. DIS 300 – Disability: Interaction of Human Diversity and Global Environments Designed to introduce the student to disability as an element of human diversity that has a significant reciprocal relationship with the environment. We […]

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