CCIDS News

Narrative Advocacy: Valuing Parents as Experts and Teachers

For over 30 years, Maggie Hoffman has worked to strengthen and support families of children and adults with disabilities and special health care needs. She is a co-founder and former executive director of Project DOCCSM – Delivery of Chronic Care: a medical education curriculum developed by parents to teach pediatric doctors in training about living […]

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Each March, the Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month social media campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. This year’s artwork was created […]

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New DRM and SUFU Training Video on HCBS Settings Rule

Disability Rights Maine (DRM) and Speaking Up for Us (SUFU) recently collaborated on a recorded training, Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule: Basics & Advocacy (YouTube). The training was led by Abbott Philson, SUFU Board Chair; and Lauren Wille, Esq., DRM staff attorney on the developmental disabilities team. A sign language interpreter is provided. The […]

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Thielen and Kurtz Share Perspectives on Digital Equity During COVID-19

CCIDS colleagues Cynthia Thielen and Alan Kurtz shared their perspectives on digital equity during the pandemic in a newsletter article, Digital Equity in the Time of COVID-19 (PDF), published in the Winter 2021 edition of The Communicator, a publication of the Autism National Committee. Kurtz and Thielen are members of the CCIDS Social Undistancing Committee that was established in Spring […]

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SAMHSA Issue Brief: Treatment for Suicidal Ideation Among Youth

“Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 in the United States, and suicide attempts are significantly higher among youth, compared to adults.” (SAMHSA, Treatment, pg. 3) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published a new guide, Treatment for Suicidal Ideation, Self-harm, and Suicide […]

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Virtual Step Up Program Helps Maine High School Students with Autism Prepare for College

Following a successful pilot program, the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) again collaborated with the Maine Department of Labor Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), the UMaine College of Education and Human Development, and Student Accessibility Services to deliver the Step Up Program for high school students with autism spectrum […]

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Maine Parent Federation Publishes 2021 Summer Camp Directory

Maine Parent Federation recently updated their Summer Camp Directory for 2021 (PDF). This directory is a compilation of responses to their survey sent in the fall of 2020 to summer camps in Maine. The information is intended to help parents and guardians choose a summer camp that meets their child’s needs. All children with disabilities have the same […]

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Updated November 2020! Planning Accessible Meetings Checklist and Guide

Planning Accessible Meetings and Conferences: A Suggested Checklist and Guide (PDF) is a free resource developed by the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies in partnership with Speaking Up for Us, an organization run by and for adults who live with developmental disabilities. The checklist is designed to help any person, group, or organization […]

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