Janet May

Janet Mayjanet.may@maine.edu

Coordinator of Transition and Adults

University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
5717 Corbett Hall, Rm 241
Orono, ME 04469-5717
207.581.1231 (Fax)
TTY users call Maine Relay 711


M.S., Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Southern Maine
M.Ed., Special Education/Transition, University of Maine, Orono
B.S., Physical Education, Plymouth State College

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Steve Gould Award

Project Affiliation

Specialty Areas

  • Transition
  • Inclusive Volunteering/National Service
  • Children/Youth with Special Health Care Needs
  • Employment
  • Systems Change/Capacity Building

Professional Associations


May, J. (2022, November 15). Recipes for inclusion and success for students with disabilities in STEM careers. EPSCoR National Conference, Portland, ME.

Gardner, N., Gómez, S., May, J., & Carr, T. (2022, November 15). Closing achievement gaps for students with disabilities and underrepresented minorities [panel discussion]. 27th NSF EPSCoR National Conference, Portland, ME.

Boas, D., Hoffman, M., May, J., Moore, N., & Olmstead, A. (2022, October 6). Talk to me: Discussion around intellectual and developmental disabilities experiences in the healthcare system. Maine Primary Care Association 2022 Annual Conference, Workforce Reimagined: Connecting, Transforming, Innovating. Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME.

Taylor, J., May, J., & Oswald, G. (2022, September 22). Amplifying students’ voices in the transition process: Outcome-oriented planning using person-centered approaches. University of Maine at Augusta.

Taylor, J., May, J., & Oswald, G. (2022, August 30). Outcome-oriented planning for transition-age youth. Webinar for Maine Working Together Workforce Development System.

Olmstead, A., Hoffman, M., & May, J. (2022, June 8). Achieving health equity for people with disabilities. Northern Light Family Medicine Center and Residency Practice,  Bangor, ME.

Harnish, B., Nealey, M., & May, J. (2021, September 22). Being safe on the Internet: Lessons learned & more. Virtual presentation during the 2021 Speaking Up for Us (SUFU) Statewide Conference.

Kurtz, A., May, J., Dyer, R., Carter, M., Thielen, C. & Robinson, B. (2020, December). Supporting virtual connections during social-distancing (PDF) [Poster presentation]. 2020 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference, Washington, DC. https://ccids.umaine.edu/resource/supporting-virtual-connections-during-social-distancing-pdf/

Kurtz, A. & May, J. (2019, November). Collaboration with parent-run organization, a support agency and adults with developmental disabilities to improve the quality of life (PDF) [Poster presentation]. 2019 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference in Washington, DC.

May, J. (2019, November 7). Person-centered planning (training). 13th Annual Downeast Living with Cancer Conference, Bar Harbor, ME.

Dwyer, G., & May, J. (2019, October 10). Maine APSE. Part of the Employment for ME Workforce Development System (EWDS) Webinar #2: State Updates and National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month.

May, J. (2019, September 24). Disability rights: Connecting to history and creating our future. Presentation at Speaking Up for Us (SUFU) Annual Statewide Conference 2019, Carrabassett Valley, ME.

May, J., Scocchi, C., & Malmstedt, M. (2019, May). SEANET student interns explore careers in aquaponics and aquaculture. Poster presentation at SEANET All Hands Meeting, University of Maine, Orono.

May, J. (2016, December). Ready for the future: Maine youth with disabilities developing work skills. Peer-reviewed poster presentation at the 2016 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) conference. Washington, D.C.

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.

May, J. (2016, April). Workforce Development and K-12 Outreach. Panel discussion at the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) – All Hands Meeting. University of Maine, Orono.

May, J., Hooke, J., & Saucier, L. (2016, March). Summer Work for ME: Providing a Pathway for Students with Disabilities to Gain Essential Skills for Adult Life. Presentation at the MELMAC Education Foundation’s MELMAC U, The Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME.

May, J. (2015). The Use of Technology and its Impact on Students with Disabilities. Presented at the regional MELMAC Peer Learning Sessions, Orono, ME.

May, J. (2015). Adults with Special Needs: Strategies to Reach Adult Learners. Presentation at the annual Literacy Volunteers conference, Bangor, ME.

May, J. (2015, November). Person-centered planning with disabled senior citizens in Maine: Case presentations from Piscataquis Thriving in Place project. Poster session presented at the 2015 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference, Washington, D.C.

May, J. (2015, July). Best practices for engaging with people with developmental disabilities. Training session for Walmart/Sam’s Club managers and associates. Bangor, ME.

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.


University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service. (2016). High school & beyond: A guide to transition services in Maine (J. May, Contributor). Portland, ME: Author. Available online at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/cbhs/documents/5-2-18Youth%20Transition.pdf

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.

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