University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
 

Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies

The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) is Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, established in 1992 under the leadership of founding director, Lucille Zeph, Ed.D. CCIDS is an interdisciplinary research unit of the University of Maine that offers an undergraduate and graduate curriculum in interdisciplinary disability studies; conducts research, evaluation and policy analyses relevant to the lives of individuals with disabilities, their families and communities; engages in a broad range of community education, technical assistance and consultation activities; and serves as a resource to professionals and community members to positively affect the lives of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families throughout Maine and beyond. CCIDS faculty, staff and partners are committed to the principles of inclusion, universal design and access, respect for human diversity, and the creation of a socially just and civil society. Currently authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (PL 106-402), CCIDS is part of a national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities sponsored by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Grant No. 90DD0005).

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