CCIDS News

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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Summer University 2019: Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Online

Looking for a Summer 2019 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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Intelligent Lives star, Naieer.

Free Screening of Intelligent Lives with Filmmaker Dan Habib

What do we lose when intelligence is a number? Please join us on April 4, 2019 for a free public screening of the film, Intelligent Lives, from award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib. Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities—Micah, Naieer (pictured above), and Naomie—who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, […]

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Liz Weintraub

Tuesdays with Liz: Inclusion in the Jewish Community

As we conclude Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, Liz Weintraub talks with Shelly Christensen about her new book, From Longing to Belonging: A Practical Guide to Including People with Disabilities and Mental Health Conditions in Your Faith Community. Weintraub, a long-time disability advocate, is Senior Advocacy Specialist for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and […]

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Kurtz and Smith Publish Article on Emerging Alternative to Guardianship

Source: The Communicator: A Publication of the Autism National Committee, Volume 24(3), 6-7. Fall 2018 Alan Kurtz, Ph.D., and Valerie Smith, Ph.D., recently collaborated on an article, Supported Decision-Making as an Alternative to Guardianship, that was published in the Fall 2018 edition of The Communicator: A Publication of the Autism National Committee. Dr. Kurtz is the Coordinator of Education and Autism Initiatives at […]

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New Mainers Public Health Initiative participants.

NH-ME LEND Partners with New Mainers Public Health Initiative on Mini-Grant

Courtesy of NH-ME LEND Spotlight​ (January 2019) NH-Maine LEND has developed a partnership with the New Mainers Public Health Initiative (NMPHI), a public health and social service agency, headquartered in Lewiston, Maine, that serves New Mainers, recent immigrants to the secondary resettlement area, and their families. The mission of NMPHI is: to work collaboratively within the community to […]

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H. Rutherford "Rud" Turnbull, Deborah Rooks-Ellis, Ann Turbull, Kellie Irving and Marnie Morneault.

Morneault Reports From DEC Conference on Young Children with Disabilities

Source: Adapted from the Maine Roads to Quality newsletter, Bridges (October 2018). CCIDS research associate, Marnie Morneault, recently attended the Division for Early Childhood’s 34th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families in Orlando, FL. The conference theme was Transforming Imagination into Innovation: Impacting Outcomes for Young Children, Families, and Professionals. “I had the privilege to hear [Ann […]

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Maryann Preble and Kile Pelletier present their poster to Allison Behuniak (Rep. Bruce Poliquin) on Capitol Hill.

CCIDS and CAC Present Research and Work-in-Progress at AUCD Conference

Three CCIDS faculty members; Co-Chairs of the CCIDS Community Advisory Committee (CAC); and a NH-ME LEND trainee recently presented their research or reported on their work-in-progress at the 2018 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference in Washington, DC. Please visit our Facebook photo gallery for more photos from the conference. (Photo above shows […]

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Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Susan Russell and Gayla Dwyer.

Tapping into Potential: Education and Employment for People with Disabilities

Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Ph.D., a research associate at the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration, recently delivered the keynote address for “Equity, Access and Inclusion: A World Usability Day Event” at the University of Maine. Her keynote was sponsored by the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS). “We had an […]

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