Holly Hegarty with Alan Kurtz at the 2018 University of Maine Student Symposium: Research and Creative Activity.

NH-ME LEND ​and DIS Trainees​ ​Present Research at UMSS1​8​

E​ac​h​ ​spring​, University of Maine graduate and undergraduate students present their peer-reviewed research and creative achievements in an academic-conference-style event​. (Above photo: Holly Hegarty with faculty mentor Dr. Alan Kurtz.) The 2018 University of Maine Student Symposium​ (UMSS​18​)​ was held on April 17, 2018 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, ME. Oral presentations and […]

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"Changing the Way We See" artwork awarded first place in the Creative Expression Award from the Maine DD Council.

Maine Developmental Disabilities Council Inclusion Awards

The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council honored high school students, educators and Senator Angus S. King (I) during the third annual Inclusion Awards held on April 25, 2018 at the Maine Statehouse Hall of Flags. ​Students from 20 Maine high schools submitted essays and/or works of creative expression. Essayists responded to the ​following ​questions, “What does […]

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Six reasons why YOU should apply to the NH-ME LEND Program video.

Six Reasons Why YOU Should Apply to the NH-ME LEND Program at UMaine

Your leadership is needed by children and youth with developmental disabilities and their families. The New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration among the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability, and the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability […]

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Two Parents Lead Maine Policy Project on Restraint and Seclusion

The Maine Policy Project on Restraint and Seclusion was one of thirty-eight examples of state-level leadership in disability policy celebrated during the recent Association of University Centers on Disabilities AUCD for All Gala. Source: AUCD4all – Maine Policy Project on Restraint and Seclusion When her son experienced a challenging transition to public kindergarten from a special purpose private pre-school and was restrained […]

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Dylan and Derek Volk.

“Chasing the Rabbit” Author to Present at UMaine

Source: Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research Derek Volk, the author of “Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum,” will be on the University of Maine campus offering a free presentation open to the UMaine and local communities. On Friday, April 27th at 6:30 p.m., Mr. Volk will be sharing his story of the challenges […]

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PCPID Releases Report on Direct Support Workforce

Source: The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) has released its 2017 report, America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis: Effects on People with Intellectual Disabilities, Families, Communities and the U.S. Economy. Direct support professionals (DSPs) provide services and supports that empower people with intellectual disabilities to live in the community. In the report, PCPID notes that DSPs […]

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Summer University 2018: Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Online

Looking for a Summer 2018 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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AFARI Mobility Aid in Access&Ability Exhibition.

Mobility Aid Invention by Gilson and DePoy in Smithsonian Exhibit

The AFARI Mobility Device, co-invented by University of Maine and CCIDS professors Stephen Gilson and Elizabeth DePoy, is part of the current Access+Ability exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The exhibition, which runs through September 3, 2018, features over 70 innovative designs and “explores how users and designers are expanding and adapting accessible products and […]

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CCIDS Faculty and Staff Present Research and Work-in-Progress at AUCD Conference

Faculty and staff from the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies recently presented their research and work-in-progress at the 2017 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference in Washington, DC. AUCD, founded in 1971, is a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with intellectual, […]

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Collaborative on Faith & Disability

Faith and Disability Webinars on Employment and Spiritual Supports

For many people with disabilities and their families, faith communities can be a powerful source of natural community support and connection, as well as a doorway to other important outcomes in the areas of relationships, work, community living, recreation, and service. The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) is one […]

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