Individuals with Disabilities Eduction Act, 45 Years – 1975-2020.

45th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Source: U.S. Department of Education, IDEA – 45 Years Later Nov. 29, 2020, marks the 45th anniversary of President Gerald Ford signing the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142) into law. The 1990 amendment to Public Law 94-142 changed the law’s name to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IDEA has experienced numerous […]

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Impact: Featured Issue on Self-Advocacy for People with Disabilities (MN UCEDD)

The latest issue of Impact, a newsletter series from the Institute on Community Integration, Minnesota’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), explores the history of the Self-Advocacy Movement, including its shared history with the Civil Rights and Feminist movements of the 1960s and ’70s. In this Feature Issue on Self-Advocacy for People with Intellectual, Developmental and Other […]

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Cloth face mask with clear panel to provide visual access for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing.

PPBF Offers Free Smile Masks for Eligible Families and Professionals in ME

Source: PPBF Smile Mask Order Form The Percival P. Baxter Foundation for Maine’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children (PPBF) is partnering with Rafi Nova to offer free Smile Masks for eligible families and professionals in Maine. In the COVID era, Smile Masks provide greater visual access for Maine’s Deaf and hard of hearing children. This […]

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UMaine 2020-2021 NH-ME LEND Trainees

CCIDS Welcomes 2020–2021 UMaine NH-ME LEND Trainees

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) warmly welcomes the 2020-2021 cohort of UMaine trainees in the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program. UMaine trainees pictured from left to right, beginning in the top row: Monique Stairs; Gabby Jackson; Jaci Peterson; Rosie Hoffman; Ivory Mills, Shane DaSilva-Novotny; Hibo Omer; and Tracey Miller. The NH-ME LEND […]

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Jennifer Maeverde

Maeverde Named Children’s Mental Health Champion by AUCD

CCIDS Research Associate, Jennifer Maeverde, has been selected as a Children’s Mental Health Champion by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) as part of a new pilot program made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twelve Champions, representing American Samoa, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, […]

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Poster for 2020 National disability Employment Awareness Month featuring individuals with disabilities in a variety of work settings.

Oct 13: Lisa Mills to Discuss Maine’s History of Supported Employment

Dr. Lisa A. Mills will be discussing Maine’s history of supported employment during a virtual event, Celebrating Employment First in Maine, on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent with your registration confirmation. Mills has been a consultant in […]

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Maeverde Contributes to Roadmap for Reopening School

Source: CASEL, with More Than 40 Partners, Releases Guidance for Reopening School. CCIDS research associate Jennifer Maeverde, M.A., LCPC, a specialist in early childhood mental health, is one of 40 expert partners to contribute to a national organization’s recommendations for reopening school. Published by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), Reunite, Renew and […]

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Early Childhood Checklist Updated to Work with Adobe Reader DC

The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies has updated a Maine early childhood workforce resource to correct an incompatibility issue with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (Document Cloud) software, the newest version of the free PDF viewer. Technical Assistance Competencies for Maine’s Early Childhood Workforce Self-Assessment Checklist (PDF) is a companion document to Technical Assistance Competencies […]

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Actor Ali Stroker in a wheelchair pumping her fist with other actors dancing around her during Broadway revival of Oklahoma!

NY Times: The Americans with Disabilities Act at 30

The New York Times has published a series, The A.D.A. at 30: Beyond the Law’s Promise, that explores how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has shaped modern life for people with disabilities in the 30 years since it was passed. For the 30th anniversary of the passage of the A.D.A., The Times is exploring what it […]

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Self-Advocacy, Services and Technology for Adults with Disabilities

Maine Parent Federation recently hosted an online panel discussion, Self-Advocacy, Services and Technology for Adults with Disabilities. The panel discussion was offered through Zoom and the recording is available for viewing online. Panelists included Kathy Adams, OTL, ATP, Director of Maine CITE; Rachel Dyer, Associate Director of the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council; Lauren Wille, Esq., […]

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