Alan Kurtz

Alan Kurtzkurtz@maine.edu

Coordinator of Education and Autism

University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
5717 Corbett Hall, Rm 242
Orono, ME 04469-5717
207.581.1262
207.581.1084
800.203.6957
207.581.1231 (Fax)
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Education

Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
M.Ed., Intensive Special Education, University of Vermont
B.S., Sociology, Elizabethtown College

Project Affiliation

Specialty Areas

  • Facilitated Communication
  • Autism
  • Movement Disturbance in Autism
  • Positive Supports

Honors and Scholarships

  • Humanitarian Award,  American Association of Mental Retardation Region 10 (1993)
  • Director’s Award for Most Outstanding Program from the Vermont Division of Mental Retardation (1991)

Professional Memberships and Service

  • American Association of Educational Research
  • Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE)
  • Advisory Committee for Maine Pervasive Developmental Disabilities Change Initiative
  • TASH
  • New England TASH
  • Board Member, Autism National Committee
  • Board Member, Northeast Regional Conference on Autism

Representative Publications

  • The Communicator (Newsletter of the Autism National Committee)
  • Closing the Gap
  • Counterpoint
  • New England Newsletter on Facilitated Communication
  • Facilitated Communication in Maine
  • The DEAL Newsletter

Presentations

Humphreys, E., Sonnenmeier, R., Russell, S., Kurtz, A., & Couse, L. (2016, December). NH LEND Program analyses of the Maternal and Child Health leadership competencies self-assessment over five cohort years. Peer-reviewed poster presentation at the 2016 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference, Washington, DC.

Russell, S., Kurtz, A., Humphreys, E. & Sonnenmeier, R. (2016, December). Navigating distance and technology: Successfully engaging LEND trainees from New Hampshire and Maine in a synchronous online team-based learning environment. Peer-reviewed poster presentation at the 2016 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference, Washington, DC.

Sonnenmeier, R., Humphreys, B., Kurtz, A., & Russell, S. (2016, December). Improving effective interdisciplinary teamwork using team-based learning within the NH LEND curriculum: Evaluation from year 2. Peer-reviewed poster presentation at the 2016 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference, Washington, DC.

Kurtz, A., & May, J. (2016, November). Family-centered transition planning for youth with autism spectrum disorder. Peer-reviewed presentation and facilitated discussion at OCALICON 2016 (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence Conference), Columbus, OH.

Kurtz, A. (2016). Healthcare needs of individuals with ASD and transition. Presentation at the Maine State Autism Summit.  Augusta, ME.

Kurtz, A., Bell, J., Martin, J., & Curtis, C. (2015, November). Parent professional partnerships: Working together to achieve successful transition. Panel presentation at the Transition Planning: The Parent’s Role “Let’s Think Outside of the Box” conference, Brewer, ME.

Sonnenmeier, R., Humphreys, B., Russell, S., & Kurtz, A. (2015, November). Effective interdisciplinary team work: Integrating team-based learning methodology into the NH LEND curriculum. Poster session at the 2015 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Kurtz, A. (2014, November). Implementing family-centered transition planning: Current status and future plans. Presentation at 2014 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference, Washington, DC.

Humphreys, B., Sonnenmeier, R., Russell, S. and Kurtz, A. (2014, November). Utilizing the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies v3.0 for LEND Program Evaluation. Poster presented at the 2014 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference, Washington, DC.

Kendrick, M., Bragdon-Morneault, M., May, J., & Kurtz, A. (2014). Increasing access and success in the STEM disciplines: A model for supporting the transition of high school students with disabilities into STEM-related postsecondary education. Orono: University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and Maine EPSCoR.

Humphreys, B., Russell, S., Couse, L., Kurtz, A., & Sonnenmeier, R. (2013, November). Developing Interdisciplinary Leadership Training at the NH LEND through the MCHB/AUCD Interprofessional Leadership Learning Collaborative. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Washington, DC.

Kurtz, A., May, J. & Taylor, B. (2012). Where the rubber meets the road: What works in transition and what we need to get there. Presentation at the TransitionME 2012 Rising Aspirations Conference, University of Maine, Orono, ME.

Russell, S., Horne, S., & Kurtz, A. (2011, November). A UCEDD’s activities supporting individuals with ASD and their families across the age span. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Washington, DC.

Publications

Hagner, D., & Kurtz, A. (2015). Student and family involvement in transition planning: Promising practices and student outcomes. In A. Valdez (Ed.), Autism Spectrum Disorders: Early Signs, Intervention Options and Family Impact (in press). Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Humphreys, B., Couse, L., Sonnenmeier, R., Kurtz, A., Russell, S., & Antal, P. (August 2014). Transforming LEND leadership training curriculum through the Maternal and Child Health leadership competencies. Maternal and Child Health Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10995-014-1587-8

Kurtz, A., Schickle, A., Carr, M., Bragdon-Morneault, M., Russell, S., Rainey, D., Downs, J., & Cronin, N. (2014). Accessing healthcare: The experience of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine (110 pg. PDF). Orono: University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies.

Kurtz, A., & Cronin, N. (2014). Accessing healthcare: The experience of individuals with ASD in Maine report summary (2 pg. PDF). Orono: University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies.

Hagner, D., Kurtz, A., Cloutier, H., & May, J. (2014). Person-centered planning for transition-aged youth with autism spectrum disorders (PDF). Journal of Rehabilitation 80(1) 4-10.

Hagner, D., Kurtz, A., Cloutier, H., Arakelian, C., Brucker, D., & May, J. (2012). Outcomes of a family-centered transition process for students with autism spectrum disorders (PDF). Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities 27(1) 42-50. DOI: 10.1177/1088357611430841

Kurtz, A. (2011). An analysis of disability-related provisions in the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA): What universities and policy makers should know (PDF). Policy brief prepared for the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and the Maine CITE Coordinating Center. Orono, ME: University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies.

Institute for Community Inclusion. (2008, December). Supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorders: Quality employment practices (PDF). The Institute Brief Issue No. 25. Boston, MA: Alan Kurtz and Melanie Jordan.