Featured Resources

Featured Resources
This page contains links to featured resources on a variety of topics for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and the professionals and communities that support them. Some of the resources require a PDF viewer. You can download Acrobat Reader here.

Cover of the ACL 30 Years of Community Living publication.30 Years of Community Living for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (PDF).  On July 12, 2021, the Administration for Community Living published this free digital book that summarizes the data collected from three longitudinal data projects between 1987 and 2017. It features infographics, photos, and accessible language, as well as personal perspectives on community living and inclusion shared by people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (ID/DD) who served as advisors. The digital book illustrates the progress made since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 31 years ago and the work yet to be done to achieve its promise. It starkly illustrates that although opportunities for community living have significantly expanded, far too many people with ID/DD are still unable to access the supports they need to live and fully participate in their communities.


Coronavirus model.COVID-19 and Disability Resources – In the Spring of 2020, the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies compiled this collection of resources to help everyone in the disability community cope more effectively. They’re organized into six categories: Early Childhood; School-Age; Adulthood; Mental Health; Professionals, Providers, and Direct Support Professionals; and Other Collections of COVID-19 Resources.

View wthe Evidenced-Based Toolkits for Rural Community Health.Evidence-Based Toolkits for Rural Community Health – Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub): Step-by-step guides to help build effective community health. Resources and examples are drawn from evidence-based and promising programs.

Visit the Growing Ideas Tipsheets web page here.Growing Ideas Tipsheets and Resources for Guiding Early Childhood Practices – Free tipsheets and resources on a variety of topics related to quality inclusive care and education for young children. Each tipsheet is designed to be a starting point, providing basic topical information and pointing the reader to some of the best sources of extended information on the topic. The Growing Ideas virtual toolkit offers a professional development activity and featured resources for individual or group training or to share with parents and others.

Grade school girl working on her tablet in the classroom.A Guide for Maine Families on Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials (June 2020) [PDF]. A guide with the latest information on Assistive Technology (AT) and Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) for Maine families with children and youth with disabilities who are eligible for services and/or programs under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Published by Maine CITE. 

Family photo from a wedding. Impact.Impact: Feature Issue on Siblings of People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities (Spring 2020). This Impact issue focuses on the brothers and sisters of children, teens, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities – what is known about them, their roles and needs across the lifespan, their feelings about themselves and their siblings, and how to support them. Published by the University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration. 

Special EducationTips for Foster Parents Who are Surrogate Parents tipsheet cover.Learning Ideas Tipsheets covering a variety of topics related to Pre-K and school-aged children: Building Educational Support for Children and Youth in Foster Care; Special Education Tips for Foster Parents Who are Surrogate Parents; Understanding Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and their Use: Tips for K-12 Educators; and Universal Design in Pre-K and Early Elementary Classrooms

Cover of the Planning Accessible Meetings and Conferences Guide.Planning Accessible Meetings and Conferences: A Suggested Checklist and Guide (PDF) is a free resource developed by the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies in partnership with Speaking Up for Us, an organization run by and for adults who live with developmental disabilities. The checklist is designed to help any person, group, or organization plan a meeting or conference that is inclusive and welcoming. Its purpose is to provide practical suggestions that promote meaningful participation for everyone.

Cover of Promoting Inclusive Practices in the Community document.Promoting Inclusive Practices in the Community (June 2020) [PDF]. This toolkit outlines important steps and evidence-based practices to help organizations continue to create an inclusive culture and community for all. The resources and techniques in this toolkit focus on supporting accessibility and inclusion for individuals with varied cognitive and behavioral abilities. Produced by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center at Vanderbilt University. 

Visit the Putting Faith To Work website here.Putting Faith to Work: A Guide for Congregations and Communities – A ​model​ ​for faith communities to address the employment needs of some of their members by connecting people with disabilities to quality employment opportunities through the natural networks represented by congregational members.​ Developed by four University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities​ in TN, KY, TX and MN with funding from the Kessler Foundation.

2020-2021 NH-ME LEND Policy Brief-The Role of Medicaid for Children with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities.The Role of Medicaid for Children with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities (April 2021). Policy brief by the 2020-2021 Cohort of New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program Trainees. University of New Hampshire, Durham; and University of Maine, Orono.

Visit the SARTAC Self Advocacy and Beyond website here.Self-Advocacy Regional Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) – A national ​resource ​c​enter for ​s​elf-​advocacy​ organizations ​established by Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) with funding from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities​.​

Download the Technical Assistance Competencies for Maine's Early Childhood Workforce (PDF) here.Technical Assistance Competencies for Maine’s Early Childhood Workforce (PDF) – A resource to support​​ an integrated, cross-system and cross-sector professional development system​ ​whose ultimate goal is to provide high quality services to young children and their families.​​ Developed​ with funding from an​​ Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership Grant​ to Kennebec Valley Community Action Program.

Download the Technical Assistance Competencies for Maine's Early Childhood Workforce Self-Assessment Checklist (PDF) here.Technical Assistance Competencies for Maine’s Early Childhood Workforce Self-Assessment Checklist (PDF) – A companion document to Technical Assistance Competencies for Maine’s Early Childhood Workforce to assist TA professionals ​with​ assessing their skills within the five competency areas (professionalism, principles of adult learning, building relationships, the technical assistance process, and systems knowledge). The free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is required to complete the checklist electronically. Please download How to Use the Fill & Sign Tool in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (PDF) for step-by-step instructions.

Student reviewing a visual support's paper on a laptop.Visual Supports Learning Links and Templates – These resources are intended as a starting point to learn more about visual supports and to offer templates and suggestions to begin creating your own visual support materials.

Toddler playing with blocks. Warm Line.The Warm Line (not a hotline!) is a free and confidential resource that provides NON-emergency person-to-person support for early childhood and school age professionals in Maine. The warm line is jointly staffed by inclusion, health, and mental health consultants from Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network and the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies. To contact the warm line, please email mrtq.warmline@maine.edu or call toll-free 1.844.209.5964.