CCIDS News

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Three EC Practitioners First to Earn New Maine Inclusion Credential

Maine Roads to Quality (MRTQ) and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) congratulate the following three early childhood practitioners for being the first in the state to earn the new Maine Inclusion Credential. Bridget Barden: Teacher, Shunk Child Care in Portland, ME Trish Mullins: Director, Casco Bay YMCA Preschool in Freeport, ME […]

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Summer University: Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Online

Looking for a Summer 2017 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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Report on Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation in the U.S.

Early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) is emerging as an effective strategy to help young children and their families increase social and emotional health while decreasing challenging behavior. ZERO TO THREE’s Policy Center has released a new paper, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Policies and Practices to Foster the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children (January […]

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Susan Russell presenting poster at AUCD conference 2016.

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

Faculty and staff from the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies recently presented their research and work-in-progress in seven peer-reviewed poster presentations at the 2016 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 […]

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Required Courses for Disability Studies Graduate Certificate Reduced to Three

The Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies (PDF) is a progressive 9 credit graduate-level curriculum in which individuals from a variety of disciplines and professional backgrounds can study with students and professionals from other fields to acquire specialized knowledge in disability theory, policy and research. This 9-credit certificate program, now comprised of three required courses (reduced from […]

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New Hampshire-Maine LEND Program Partnership Funded Through 2021

The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies at the University of Maine, has received a five-year renewal for its Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services […]

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CCIDS Welcomes Five New Community Advisory Committee Members

The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS), Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, recently welcomed five new members to the organization’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC, required by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, PL 106-402, partners with CCIDS to advise, plan and implement the activities of the Center. The […]

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A Person-Centered Approach to Advanced Illness

In a recent blog post, Edwin L. Walker, Acting Assistant Secretary for Aging, and Acting Administrator, Administration for Community Living (ACL), affirms the right of all persons “to make choices and control their own decisions. This right is independent of age or disability.” In “A Person-Centered Approach to Advanced Illness,” Walker notes, “As part of […]

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DOE and HHS Release Policy Brief on Use of Technology with Young Children

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services recently released a policy brief, Early Learning and Educational Technology Policy Brief, to promote developmentally appropriate use of technology in homes and early learning settings on the use of technology with early learners to help families and early educators implement active, meaningful and socially interactive […]

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Two Aroostook County Parents Organize Inaugural Autism Conference

From their founding of the Aroostook Autism Support Group in 2014, parents Maeghan Sheehan and Lisa Brewer have strived to build community and provide support to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Their commitment to families and their community resulted in the inaugural Aroostook County Autism Conference at the University of Maine at […]

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