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NH-ME LEND Program at UMaine Now Accepting Applications for 2022-2023

Applications for the 2022-2023 New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program at the University of Maine are being accepted on a rolling basis. Participation requires a minimum commitment of 300 hours over 9 months. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified applicants with funding provided by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The NH-ME […]

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Jake Rousseau (wearing a face mask) looksat his mother, Christy Rousseau (also masked) as she speaks to Janet May off camera.

A College Exploration Conversation with Jake and Christy

It’s a cold morning in late November and Jake, a high school junior, sits on the edge of a leather couch in the University of Maine’s historic Heritage House. He’s accompanied by his mother, Christy; and Hailey Howard, his vocational rehabilitation counselor from the Maine Department of Labor’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). They’re here […]

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A person with orange pants walking along the shoreline using an Off-Road Afari, a three-wheeled mobility device.

Professors and Afari Inventors Gilson and DePoy Share Their Vision of Mobility

Source: University of Maine Alumni Association, “Stephen Gilson and Elizabeth DePoy: An expansive vision of mobility.” Professors and inventors Stephen Gilson and Elizabeth DePoy were recently featured in a column by the University of Maine Alumni Association as part of their “Innovators of UMaine” series that is supported by a grant from the Maine Technology […]

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Inclusive Schools Week: December 6-10, 2021

Source: Inclusive Schools Network News Release  (PDF) The Inclusive Schools Network is pleased to announce the 21st Annual Inclusive Schools Week will be celebrated December 6-10, 2021, in classrooms, schools, and communities throughout the world. Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) highlights and celebrates the progress schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to all students, […]

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CCIDS and Partners in Maine DD Network Collaborate on COVID-19 Vaccination Video PSAs

CCIDS and partners in the Maine Developmental Disabilities Network (the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Disability Rights Maine, Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, and Speaking Up for Us) collaborated with Gray Media Group (WAGM-TV) to design, produce and broadcast seven video public service announcements (PSAs) to help increase COVID-19 vaccinations among […]

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Maine Launches New Checking Account Option for Mainers with Disabilities

Source: Maine launches a new checking account to help expand banking options for Mainers with disabilities. Maine Public / Jennifer Mitchell (October 19, 2021) “Unlike other ABLE programs to come from that same 2014 legislation . . . Maine’s program is unique in that it allows people who receive disability benefits to save and manage their […]

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October 20, 2021: Celebrate NDEAM with US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh

Join U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Taryn Williams for a virtual celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and the 20th Anniversary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT There is no cost to […]

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CDC: COVID-19 Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Source: COVID-19 Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Care Providers COVID-19 is challenging to explain, live through, and talk about. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created COVID-19 materials for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and care providers. The materials (videos, posters, social stories and interactive activities) were created […]

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Free EC Training for NH and ME: Supporting Children of the Opioid Epidemic

The New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability is currently recruiting early childhood professionals in New Hampshire and Maine for a unique training opportunity – NH-ME ECHO SCOPE: Supporting Children of the Opioid Epidemic. This free series of ten sessions aims […]

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