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Faculty Mentor

Alan Kurtz, Ph.D.


New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Trainee Program (NH-ME LEND)


This project was done in partnership with the NH-ME LEND Leadership Project and Disability Rights Maine. For this project I researched Maine’s regulations governing behavioral support, modification and management for adults with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder, and I researched regulations from other states. The purpose of my project was to compare regulations from other states with Maine’s regulations, with the goal to find a model state that Maine could potentially adopt parts of their regulations to make Maine’s regulations more progressive and less restrictive. This project was completed in collaboration between student, mentor and leadership supervisor which determined the states to be researched, and how to organize the regulations (i.e., behavior support plans, the author of such plans, and use of restraints). My poster will include a description of the project activities, my results, and conclusion. I concluded Maine has progressive, and minimally restricted regulations compared to other states, with a few states, such as Georgia, having some regulations that could be valuable for Maine to adopt.

Publication Date


Document Type



University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies



Conference Name

2018 University of Maine Student Symposium, Research and Creative Activity

Conference Location

Bangor, Maine


autism, behavior supports


Disability Law

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Researching Less Restrictive Alternatives to Maine's Regulations Governing Behavior Supports for Adults with Developmental Disabilities



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