Thirteen people standing outside for a group photo. Two are college professors and the remaining 11 are college students wearing blue and white graduation stoles that signify their completion of a Disability Studies Minor.

CCIDS Celebrates the Achievements of 22 Interdisciplinary Disability Studies’ Honorees

Twenty-two University of Maine students were honored on April 26th during the 2022 Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Celebration of Achievement at Wells Conference Center. Dr. Alan Cobo-Lewis, Director of the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and Associate Professor of Psychology, delivered the opening welcome. Three students were recognized for completing the 9-credit […]

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Maine DD Network’s New PSAs Encourage Parents to Get Their Children Vaccinated for COVID

The Maine Developmental Disabilities Network (University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Disability Rights Maine, Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, and Speaking Up for Us) collaborated with Gray Media Group (WAGM-TV) to design, produce and broadcast three video public service announcements (PSAs) to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated for COVID-19. WAGM-TV […]

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LEND Spring Conference: Trauma in Children and Youth with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Source: Trauma in Children and Youth with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities: Impact and Evidence Based Interventions Health professionals from a wide variety of disciplines support children and youth with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual and developmental disabilities or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder who have been impacted by trauma. This half-day conference will provide educational opportunities related to the […]

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Adult twinbrothers istting next to each other: both are wearing sunglasses and smiling. One brother is seted on a step looking up at his twin, who has a developmental disability and uses a wheelchair.

Sibling Leadership Network Celebrates National Siblings Day (April 10, 2022)

Source: SLN Celebrates National Siblings Day 2022 (March 25, 2022) National Siblings Day is an unofficial holiday observed each year on April 10 to honor the bonds between brothers and sisters. This National Siblings Day, the Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) is celebrating and recognizing the power of sibling support. How do siblings support each other? How does […]

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A winding road on a blue-green background with the phrases, Self Advocacy and Knowing Your Rights. There are two small circles along the road: one shows a person's reflection in a mirror; the other shows the scales of justice.

Speaking Up For Us of Maine (SUFU) Produces New Resources for Adults with I/DD

Speaking Up For Us of Maine (SUFU), is a statewide organization run by and for adults who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). They recently produced three resources to help educate and guide adults with I/DD on the following topics: speaking up; making informed choices; and moving from self advocacy to self determination. The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion […]

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Adult woman with a prosthetic left leg walking outdoors on a dirt trail supported by a three-wheeled Afari "Off-Road" mobility device.

Licensing Deal Brings Afari Mobility Device to Market (UMaine News)

Source: Licensing deal brings Afari mobility device invented by UMaine professors to market (UMaine News, March 22, 2022) In 2013, professor of interdisciplinary disability studies and social work Elizabeth DePoy had been persuaded by her husband to run in a 5K. She knew she was fit enough to complete the course, but balance challenges had her worried […]

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Worlds Imagined: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2022

Source: Administration for Community Living, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2022 (March 1, 2022) Every March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) and its partners collaborate to observe Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM). The social media campaign highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities. The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the […]

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NH-ME LEND Spring Kick Off: Organizing to Influence State Policy

In late January, the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program hosted a panel discussion and keynote speaker as part of their virtual Spring Kick Off Event, Organizing to Influence Your State’s Policy. The six panelists, two from NH and four from ME, represented a variety of perspectives on policy-making and generated […]

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NH-ME LEND Program at UMaine Now Accepting Applications for 2022-2023

Applications for the 2022-2023 New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program at the University of Maine are being accepted on a rolling basis. Participation requires a minimum commitment of 300 hours over 9 months. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified applicants with funding provided by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The NH-ME […]

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Jake Rousseau (wearing a face mask) looksat his mother, Christy Rousseau (also masked) as she speaks to Janet May off camera.

A College Exploration Conversation with Jake and Christy

It’s a cold morning in late November and Jake, a high school junior, sits on the edge of a leather couch in the University of Maine’s historic Heritage House. He’s accompanied by his mother, Christy; and Hailey Howard, his vocational rehabilitation counselor from the Maine Department of Labor’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). They’re here […]

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