Eric and Tonya with their arms around each other at a 2019 Special Olympics event in Maine.

Siblings of People with IDD: A Look Across the Lifespan

The Spring 2020 feature issue of the newsletter Impact focuses on siblings of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The Impact series contains strategies, research, and success stories in specific focus areas related to persons with IDD and other disabilities. It’s published three times a year by the Institute on Community Integration, Minnesota’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. […]

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Woman wearing a cloth facemask.

COVID-19 and the UCEDD Responses Across the Network

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) recently hosted a webinar to share products, resources, programs, and services that University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) have developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support people with disabilities and disability-related organizations. An archived recording of the webinar, COVID-19 and the UCEDD Responses […]

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School-aged daughter and her mother doing homework together in a bedroom.

Special Education at Home: MPF Webinar with Morneault & Maeverde

Maine Parent Federation (MPF) is hosting five free webinars beginning in late April and concluding in mid-May. A complete list of the  webinar topics (with descriptions, dates and registration links) appears below. You may also find this information on Maine Parent Federation’s Facebook page under Events. CCIDS research associates Marnie Morneault, M.Ed.; and Jennifer Maeverde, MA, LCPC; […]

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Clip art of person typing on a laptop.

Webinar Series on Autism and COVID-19 Public Health

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is hosting two webinar series during the month of April 2020.  There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.  AUCD’s Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) is sponsoring a 4-part Autism Acceptance Month Webinar Series for Autism Acceptance Month. Webinar topics and dates: Community Engagement Science in ASD (April 13th); Project ImPACT Evidence-Based Parent […]

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2019 LEND Trainees and Faculty.

Apply Today: Limited Spaces Remain for 2020-2021 NH-ME LEND Program

The application deadline for the 2020-2021 New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program at the University of Maine has been extended to June 15, 2020. NH-ME LEND provides graduate-level interdisciplinary leadership training for graduate students, family members, individuals with disabilities, and professionals from diverse disciplines to prepare them for professional […]

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Coronavirus Social Stories™

“What is the Coronavirus?” – A Social Story™ from The Autism Educator

Source: Amanda McGuinness, The Autism Educator Amanda McGuinness, creator of the website, The Autism Educator, has created a free coronavirus Social Story™ What is the Coronavirus (PDF)? to help alleviate fears and anxiety many children may be experiencing at this time. Social Stories™ were developed by educator Carol Gray in 1990 and are described as “short descriptions of a particular situation, event or […]

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) partners with Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) to create a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities. The campaign seeks to […]

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President George H. W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 into law on the South Lawn of the White House (07/26/1990).

AUCD Celebrates ADA 30th But Barriers and Challenges Remain

Press release from Rylin Rogers, Director of Public Policy, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (January 17, 2020) [PDF] SILVER SPRING, MD, January 17th, 2020 – As we begin 2020, we as a nation, including the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the signing of the […]

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Racially and ethnically diverse individuals with disabilities and their family members.

UCEDD Action Plan for People at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity & Disability

The following is an excerpt from the Executive Summary of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan for the UCEDD National Network (page 3) [PDF]. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families who are members of historically underserved racial, ethnic, and linguistic groups experience pervasive and chronic disparities across the lifespan. Among […]

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Barbara Beaulieu and Gail Fanjoy.

News and Updates from the Community Advisory Committee

In late fall, the CCIDS Community Advisory Committee (CAC) held its first meeting of the 2019-2020 grant year. The purpose of the CAC is to advise the CCIDS Director in a manner that supports the Center in meeting its responsibilities in accordance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD […]

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