CCIDS News

Online Course Offering Spring 2016: DIS 520 Disability – Advanced Interaction of Human Diversity and Global Environments

Students in this course will examine and analyze contexts in which people with disabilities live, work, and participate. The concepts of accommodation (including assistive technology and adaptation), universal design/access and disjuncture will be used as analytic lenses through which to critically examine service and community responses to diversity and difference and to advance collaborative leadership […]

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Kaye, Zeph and Cobo-Lewis: Aging and Developmental Disabilities Networks – The Case for Network Crossover

Lenard Kaye, Lucille Zeph and Alan Cobo-Lewis have published a commentary, “The Aging and Developmental Disabilities Networks: Can the Silos Be Dismantled?” in the current special issue of the Maine Policy Review on aging. The authors discuss the service networks for aging and developmental and physical disabilities, which have traditionally functioned in distinctly separate camps. They present […]

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Physician’s Fact Sheet: Improving Communication with Patients who have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The first in a new series of physician’s fact sheets published by the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities notes that “patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities are recognized as an underserved population that experience significant disparities in healthcare.” The fact sheet, Improving Communication with Patients who have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (PDF), is written primarily […]

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MDSOAB Surveys on Services for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Close December 14th

The Maine Developmental Services Oversight & Advisory Board (MDSOAB) is requesting public feedback to gain input on services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities​ (I/DD)​​; family members, siblings, guardians, correspondents, friends ​ and ​advocates​; ​and providers​ for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities,​ are encouraged to​ ​provide feedback […]

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ODEP Inclusive Internship Program Guide Assists Employers Seeking to Diversify Workforce

The US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has published Inclusive Internship Programs: A How-To Guide for Employers (PDF) to assist employers seeking to diversify their workforce with the skills and talents of people with disabilities, particularly young adults with disabilities. The guide addresses the benefits of internships to both individuals and […]

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Call for Submissions: Maine Developmental Disabilities Council Inclusion Awards

The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) recently announced the MDDC Inclusion Awards, a creative writing contest on the topic of inclusion, open to Maine high school students in the 11th and 12th grades. The Awards provide monetary prizes to schools, teachers, and high school students who demonstrate an exceptional concept of a world in which all people […]

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Putting Faith to Work

In January 2014, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, along with three other University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) from Kentucky, Texas and Minnesota were awarded a Signature Employment Grant from the Kessler Foundation to focus on building the capacity of faith communities to support employment for members with disabilities through the natural networks represented by congregational members. All four UCEDDs are members of the Collaborative on Faith and Disability.

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CCIDS to Host Remote Broadcast of Baylor 16th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference on October 1-2, 2015

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies will be a broadcast site for the 16th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care on Thursday, October 1, 2015 and Friday, October 2, 2015. The conference, co-sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, provides a state-of-the-art update on issues involved in health care transition for youth and young adults with chronic illness and disability and their families from pediatric to adult-based services. ​The broadcast will not be archived. Read more…

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