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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CAC Members Share Lived History of Disability with NH-ME LEND Trainees

As part of a Leadership Intensive on the history of disability, t​wo members of the​ University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies’ Community​ ​Advisory Committee (CAC) recently shared their lived history of disability with U​Maine trainees and faculty in the New Hampshire-Maine ​Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME ​LEND​)​ Program​.​ In lieu of the weekly […]

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Inclusion drives innovation. National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Inclusion Drives Innovation: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Source: U.S Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy News Release WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy announced today that “Inclusion Drives Innovation” will be the theme of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)​ in October 2017. “Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” […]

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SUFU Leadership Training Alums-Sept2017

Speaking Up for Us Leadership Program Alums Gather at Statewide Conference

Graduates of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Speaking Up for Us (SUFU) Leadership Development Program (pictured above) recently gathered during the SUFU Statewide Conference at Sugarloaf Mountain Resort in Carrabassett Valley, ME.  SUFU, founded in 1993, is a statewide self-advocacy organization run by and for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The leadership development program […]

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Stephen Gilson presenting on Rethinking Violence.

Stephen Gilson Awarded University of Maine Trustee Professorship

Stephen F. Gilson, Ph.D., University of Maine Professor of Social Work and Coordinator and Professor of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies, has been awarded a University of Maine Trustee Professorship for 2017-2018. Gilson’s research, Social Practice Art: Countering Cultural Violence Against Aging, Disabled Populations, will be conducted over the 2017-18 academic year. The project involves interviewing and […]

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Self Advocates at a SARTAC Meeting.

Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center

Does your self-advocacy organization have questions about things like fundraising, getting people involved or leadership? The Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) can help: its mission is to strengthen the self-advocacy movement by supporting self-advocacy organizations to grow in diversity and leadership. SARTAC, the first-ever national resource center for self-advocacy, was developed by Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), […]

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Little boy pouring milk into a bowl.

Unifying the Technical Assistance System for Maine’s Early Childhood Workforce

In late June, nearly 70 technical assistance (TA) professionals from a wide range of disciplines who support Maine’s diverse early childhood workforce gathered in Hallowell, ME for the rollout of Technical Assistance Competencies for Maine’s Early Childhood Workforce: the Process, the Product and the Plan. A technical assistance professional is an individual who provides targeted and […]

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Medicaid in Maine.

Kaiser Family Foundation: Coverage, Access and Financing Data on Medicaid in Maine

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide health and long-term care coverage to more than 70 million low-income children, pregnant women, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities in the United States. Medicaid is a major source of funding for hospitals, community health centers, physicians, and nursing homes. Federal policy […]

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