CCIDS News

NH-ME LEND UMaine Trainees with LEND faculty.

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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CAC Members 2016

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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Senior Cargiver with Elderly Woman

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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Keynote speaker Larry Bissonnette photographing conference participants.

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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CAC Members Share Lived History of Disability with UMaine LEND Trainees

Two members of the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies’ Community Advisory Committee (CAC) recently shared their lived history of disability with University of Maine trainees and faculty in the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program, as part of a Leadership Intensive on the history of disability. (The photo above […]

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Inclusion Works! National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM and celebrate […]

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Blind person using a computer with a braille computer display and computer keyboard.

National Data Summary of State Assistive Technology Programs: FY2015​

The Center for Assistive Technology Act Data Assistance has recently published the AT Act Data Brief (PDF), a national data summary of state assistive technology programs for fiscal year 2015. State and Territory Assistive Technology Programs (AT Programs), authorized under Sec. 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 (most recently reauthorized in 2004), focus […]

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UMaine Student Volunteer Scribes Needed for People Living with Dementia

The Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will be hosting a training session for UMaine students interested in participating in the Eastern Maine Volunteer Scribes Program on Wednesday, October 5th, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the FFA Room in the Memorial Union. Volunteer Scribes are typically college students majoring in pre-med disciplines or social work, nursing, […]

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NAO, the humanoid robots.

NAO Robots in Use Worldwide in Pediatric Care, Special Education and Senior Living

Maine CITE Coordinating Center recently hosted a demonstration of NAO, the humanoid robot (pictured above), for members of the Assistive Technology Consortia. NAO (pronounced “now”) was developed by Aldebaran Robotics. Mike Radice of ChartaCloud Technologies led the demonstration and reported that 7,000 of these humanoid robots are currently in use worldwide. Applications include pediatric care […]

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