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Covid-19_Umaine News_Press Herald, Wabi Cite Umaine S Tudy In Story About Issues With Unemployment Claims System, University Of Maine Division Of Marketing And Communications Mar 2021

Covid-19_Umaine News_Press Herald, Wabi Cite Umaine S Tudy In Story About Issues With Unemployment Claims System, University Of Maine Division Of Marketing And Communications

Division of Marketing & Communications

Screenshot of UMaine in the News regarding the Portland Press Herald and WABI (Channel 5) cited a study by Sandra Butler, a University of Maine professor of social work, which detailed numerous issues with the state's unemployment claims system, including long delays in receipt of benefits.


College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Covid Related Materials Email, Alison Mitchell Jun 2020

College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Covid Related Materials Email, Alison Mitchell

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Email thread featuring messages from Alison S. Mitchell, Adjunct Faculty UMaine School of Social Work to Sandy Butler, Interim Director and Maine Social Work Program Coordinator, and Jonathon Jue-Wong, Administrative Coordinator, The Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost regarding Professor Mitchell submitting course material related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Swk 497 Mental Health And Work Session Slides, Elizabeth Depoy Apr 2020

College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Swk 497 Mental Health And Work Session Slides, Elizabeth Depoy

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Presentation slides from Elizabeth Depoy, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, University of Maine for the first and fourth sessions of her Class SWK 497 Mental Health and Work. Also, includes cover email of slide sent to Jonathon Jue-Wong, Administrative Coordinator, The Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost on June 1, 2020.


College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Swk 440 Revised Syllabus, Alison Mitchell Apr 2020

College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Swk 440 Revised Syllabus, Alison Mitchell

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Syllabus for the undergraduate (BSW) social welfare policy course, SWK 440, taught by Alison S. Mitchell, Adjunct Faculty UMaine School of Social Work. The syllabus was adapted for the online learning environment midway through the Spring 2020 Semester. Several assignments were adapted and options to allow students to respond to assignments using COVID19 as their focus for the content.

Also, includes examples of assignments.


College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Assignment, Elizabeth Depoy Apr 2020

College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Assignment, Elizabeth Depoy

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Presentation slide from Elizabeth Depoy, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, University of Maine with the assignment for her Interdisciplinary Disability Studies class. Also, includes cover email of slide sent to Jonathon Jue-Wong, Administrative Coordinator, The Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost on June 1, 2020.


College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Swk 640 Revised Syllabus & Final Presentation, Alison Mitchell Apr 2020

College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture_Swk 640 Revised Syllabus & Final Presentation, Alison Mitchell

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Syllabus for the graduate (MSW) policy advocacy class, SWK 640, taught by Alison S. Mitchell, Adjunct Faculty UMaine School of Social Work. The syllabus was adapted for the online learning environment midway through the Spring 2020 Semester. Several assignments were adapted and options to allow students to respond to assignments using COVID19 as their focus for the content.

Also, includes a copy of the final presentation slides and email regarding assignment.


Collaboration With Parent-Run Organization, A Support Agency And Adults With Developmental Disabilities To Improve The Quality Of Life, Alan Kurtz, Janet May Nov 2019

Collaboration With Parent-Run Organization, A Support Agency And Adults With Developmental Disabilities To Improve The Quality Of Life, Alan Kurtz, Janet May

Poster Presentations

CCIDS staff worked with a parent organization to develop a plan for evaluation of a residential alternative for their adult children that included pre-post quantitative and qualitative measures of resident quality of life and a review of planning documents. A quality of life survey was administered separately to residents and parents shortly before their move into the new residence and about one year after their move. CCIDS also provided training for agency staff, parents, and residents on authentic person-centered planning and facilitating community connections.


Organizational And Older Adult Volunteer Perspectives On Role Conflict Management Strategies, Jennifer Crittenden, Sandy Butler Oct 2019

Organizational And Older Adult Volunteer Perspectives On Role Conflict Management Strategies, Jennifer Crittenden, Sandy Butler

Maine Center on Aging Research and Evaluation

Poster presentation at the Gerontological Society of America Conference

Presentation Date: November 13, 2019

Presentation Location: Austin, TX

Older adults are increasingly occupying multiple life roles, including working, caregiving, and volunteering, creating the opportunity for role conflict. Such conflict occurs when stress and strain created by the demands of multiple life roles outstrips an individual’s resources to successfully manage such demands.

A two-phase research study was completed with 1,697 Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers (ages 55+) drawn from 55 RSVP program sites across the country (Phase I) with a follow-up survey of RSVP programs conducted with ...


Lessons Learned From Maine’S Lifelong Communities Movement: Special Topics For Lifelong Communities, Jennifer Crittenden, Brandy Lachance Jul 2019

Lessons Learned From Maine’S Lifelong Communities Movement: Special Topics For Lifelong Communities, Jennifer Crittenden, Brandy Lachance

Maine Center on Aging Education and Training

The University of Maine Center on Aging in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation hosted a special learning and networking event specifically designed for lifelong communities (LC) initiatives. Such initiatives include age-friendly communities, village models, and independent lifelong community planning efforts. The event featured three panels on key topics related to LC initiatives. This publication is a report out of the day’s discussion and panels


Nmphi And Ccids Parent Advocacy Training Collaborative, Crystal Cron, April Fournier Apr 2019

Nmphi And Ccids Parent Advocacy Training Collaborative, Crystal Cron, April Fournier

Poster Presentations

This poster describes the collaborative work between New Mainers Public Health Initiative (NMPHI) and the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) to assist in developing and presenting advocacy training for parents of children on the autism spectrum, including Somali parents here in Maine as well as assist in the development of resource and information materials on Somali populations in NH and Maine.


School Of Social Work (University Of Maine) Records, 1966-1998, Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University Of Maine Jan 2019

School Of Social Work (University Of Maine) Records, 1966-1998, Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University Of Maine

Finding Aids

The University of Maine has provided undergraduate education in social work and social welfare since the 1950's and began offering the BA degree in Social Work in 1972. The BSW program was granted initial accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in 1979. The graduate program leading to the Master of Social Work degree was approved by the Board of Trustees in 1987. The University of Maine's School of Social Work (formerly Department of Social Work) was formed on July 1, 1989. The School is based in Annex C on the Orono campus and offers fully ...


Intergenerational Adult Day Services Needs Assessment Project Final Report, University Of Maine School Of Social Work, Eastern Area Agency On Aging, University Of Maine Center On Aging Oct 2018

Intergenerational Adult Day Services Needs Assessment Project Final Report, University Of Maine School Of Social Work, Eastern Area Agency On Aging, University Of Maine Center On Aging

Maine Center on Aging Research and Evaluation

Focus group research conducted in the Greater Bangor, Maine area in 2016 identified respite services and intergenerational programming as important factors for supporting a more livable community.

This report outlines findings from a 2018 needs assessment of adult day services (ADS), funded by Maine Health Access Foundation. The needs assessment utilized a survey of local caregivers (N=84) and key informant interviews (N=10) with staff at Maine adult day service programs or service providers that could utilize adult day services for their clients.

Key survey findings indicate that lack of financial resources (identified by 20% of the survey sample ...


Oral History Project Plan: A Look At The History Of Developmental Disabilities In Maine, Madeline Ruffin Apr 2018

Oral History Project Plan: A Look At The History Of Developmental Disabilities In Maine, Madeline Ruffin

Poster Presentations

This project is in partnership with the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) and is a 9-month process that will result in a design plan for an oral history project. This oral history project will focus on the experiences of those with developmental disabilities in Maine and provide public education regarding those experiences, particularly within the Pineland Institution. As the NH-ME LEND trainee I am working with stakeholders to determine the population of those included in the project, the method used to collect information for the project and how the project will be shared with the public. Additionally, the design plan ...


Disrupting Disability: Social Practice Art, Jaimi Clifford, Students Of Dis 450 And Dis 520 Apr 2018

Disrupting Disability: Social Practice Art, Jaimi Clifford, Students Of Dis 450 And Dis 520

Poster Presentations

Visuality and imagery are two powerful mechanisms embedded within cultures that perpetuate as well as reflect structural violence. Despite the serious harm caused by unchecked cultural violence, it is often overlooked, particularly as it appears or is absent in image. This study examines how images both creates institutional violence exercised through discrimination against aging and disabled populations and how socially engaged art, curation, and performance are being used to disrupt and reverse oppression, discrimination, and exclusion.


Quality Of Life Among Youth With Idd In Parent-Developed Residential Program, Emma Wynne Hill Apr 2018

Quality Of Life Among Youth With Idd In Parent-Developed Residential Program, Emma Wynne Hill

Poster Presentations

My poster focuses on a research project I am conducting with a team from the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies. The study is tracking changes in quality of life for six young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) as they transition into an innovative housing program developed by their parents. This new housing offers individuals their own apartments, while also providing access to communal spaces and support staff as needed. Individuals with IDD routinely experience a lower quality of life than those without IDD. Further, the nature of residential settings has been shown to affect resident’s ...


Enhancing A Disability Advocacy Organization's Online Capacity To Provide Families With Essential Information About Secondary Transition, Taylor Harris Apr 2018

Enhancing A Disability Advocacy Organization's Online Capacity To Provide Families With Essential Information About Secondary Transition, Taylor Harris

Poster Presentations

This poster describes my work assisting the Maine Coalition for Housing and Quality Supports conducted as part of my NH-ME LEND Leadership Project. The purpose of the project was to enhance an existing online timeline designed to help family members of individuals with developmental disabilities in Maine. In particular, I searched for essential resources, materials, and data related to effective secondary transition. The outcome was to provide a better resource for families as they identify services and supports that will help their children to have a smooth transition to adult life. Throughout this project, I collaborated with my leadership mentor ...


Educational Videos About Restraint And Seclusion, Jodie Hall Apr 2018

Educational Videos About Restraint And Seclusion, Jodie Hall

Poster Presentations

The Coalition for Restraint and Seclusion (C.A.R.S.) is a group of stakeholders whose mission is to prevent the overuse of restraints and seclusion within the educational setting. As part of my training with the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership in Education in Neurodevelopmental Related Disabilities Program (LEND), I have been working with C.A.R.S. to update their resources and parent education materials. We created a series of short informational videos which will be accessed via the internet, in order to provide materials which are easily digestible and accessible for parents. My poster will provide descriptions of the ...


Social Practice Artist And Disability Inclusion, Renee Stronach Apr 2018

Social Practice Artist And Disability Inclusion, Renee Stronach

Student and Trainee Scholarship

The power of the “image” has been well documented over the course of history. In the 21 st century, visual culture, image is further empowered as it both sustains and subverts cultural norms and meanings. Socially engaged or social practice artists are an important yet diverse group who are creating and displaying image to disrupt injustice, truncated rights, devaluation, and inequality. Typically, these artists define a social problem and a desired outcome that will result from the creation and dissemination of their imagery. Because this contemporary-relevant strategy is becoming increasingly powerful as image and visuality are omnipotent in all aspects ...


Life History From The Vantage Point Of A Cane, Elena Ford Apr 2018

Life History From The Vantage Point Of A Cane, Elena Ford

Poster Presentations

According to Kaiser (2018) “Appearance style is a metaphor for identity”. And while the typical body can project the self through selecting, donning, and displaying fashion, the disabled body has been denied that critical mode of self-expression, until recently. Lack of clothing choice has prevailed due in part to benign and even intentional neglect and omission of disability from both fashion design and display. As a result of negative attitudes towards disability, expectations are perpetuated that function should trump any concern with aesthetics, and that attention to fashion and appearance is petty and frivolous. Yet, the increasingly omnipotent visual culture ...


Nh-Me Lend: Advancing Health Equity For Children And Youth With Asd/Ndd And Their Families Through Continuous Quality Improvement, Betsy Humphreys, Susan Russell, Rae Sonnenmeier, Alan Kurtz Jul 2017

Nh-Me Lend: Advancing Health Equity For Children And Youth With Asd/Ndd And Their Families Through Continuous Quality Improvement, Betsy Humphreys, Susan Russell, Rae Sonnenmeier, Alan Kurtz

Poster Presentations

Over the past two decades NH and Maine have experienced rapid growth of racial, ethnic, and linguistic minority populations. New Hampshire’s foreign-born population was 5.7% in 2013, while Maine’s foreign-born population was 3.4% during the same time period (American Immigration Council, 2017). In addition, NH and Maine are designated refugee resettlement areas. NH is now home to refugees from over 40 countries (NH DHHS, 2010) and Maine is home to refugees from over 30 countries (Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services, 2015).


Disability Imagery: A Bastion Of Social Change, Faith Perez, Renee Stronach, Class Of Dis 450 Disability: Population-Environment Apr 2017

Disability Imagery: A Bastion Of Social Change, Faith Perez, Renee Stronach, Class Of Dis 450 Disability: Population-Environment

Poster Presentations

In the visual and material culture of the 21st century, image is power. This inquiry used thematic analysis to examine the meanings of disability imagery on a continuum from tragedy to an inevitable and celebrated part of human diversity and provocateur of social change. Five themes emerged: disability as tragic (exclusion, isolation, fear); disability as inspiration porn (disabled people are brave or special just for living); close but not quite (some positive imagery segregation and impairment are foregrounded); and celebration of disability as human diversity (the goal for change).


Reaching Local Community With The Message Of Developmental Milestones And Early Identification Of Autism, Hope M. Duncanson Apr 2017

Reaching Local Community With The Message Of Developmental Milestones And Early Identification Of Autism, Hope M. Duncanson

Poster Presentations

This poster presents project activities for a pilot program for effectively distributing Learn the Signs, Act Early materials to a small study group in a community in Maine.


Evaluation Of The Maine Child Development Services-Part C Improvement Plan, Margaret M. Pierce Apr 2017

Evaluation Of The Maine Child Development Services-Part C Improvement Plan, Margaret M. Pierce

Poster Presentations

This poster presents information on the improvement plan for the Maine Child Development Services-Part C.


Testing The Effectiveness Of Person-Centered Planning In Maine Adults With Developmental Disabilities, Kassie Stevens Apr 2017

Testing The Effectiveness Of Person-Centered Planning In Maine Adults With Developmental Disabilities, Kassie Stevens

Poster Presentations

Person-Centered Planning (PCP) is the required annual planning process for adults receiving developmental services in Maine. This poster looks at the PCP process.


Dhhs Clinical Review Team Formation, Moriah Geer Apr 2017

Dhhs Clinical Review Team Formation, Moriah Geer

Poster Presentations

Historically individuals with disabilities were sent to live in institutions, such as Pineland Center. As public opinion about institutionalization and individuals with disabilities began to change the state worked to create programs to allow individuals with disabilities to live in their own communities. These Home and Community Based Services are funded through Medicaid waiver programs such as section 21 and 29.


Disability In Advertising, Harli Maxwell, Megan Morey, Kendall Pike Apr 2017

Disability In Advertising, Harli Maxwell, Megan Morey, Kendall Pike

Poster Presentations

Despite the potency of advertising to influence behavior and cultural memes, it has been unusual until recently to see people with impairments featured in commercials that market mainstream products, ideas, and services. To the contrary, people with obvious impairments typically appear as deficient and only cured or improved by the medical devices, pharmaceuticals and other products that they market. However, over the past decade, efforts to elicit social change, although nascent, are making inroads into marketing and advertising. This presentation analyzes a recent Nike ad in which men with visible impairments are featured as robust athletes. The potential for such ...


The Lipstick Project, The University Of Maine Honors College Apr 2017

The Lipstick Project, The University Of Maine Honors College

Cultural Affairs Distinguished Lecture Series

Leigh Boyle will share her story of The Lipstick Project, which grew out of her 2010 volunteer work in a women's hospital in Northern Ethiopia. The hospital cares for women with obstetric fistula, a condition resulting from prolonged, obstructed labor that leaves women chronically incontinent and ostracized. Leigh began giving weekly manicures to the isolated women, an act that proved life-giving for all. Upon returning home to Vancouver, Leigh saw similar need for restorative work in modern healthcare and established The Lipstick Project, a woman run volunteer organization that provides free, professional spa treatments to people in hospice and ...


Ready For The Future: Maine Youth With Disabilities Developing Work Skills, Janet May Nov 2016

Ready For The Future: Maine Youth With Disabilities Developing Work Skills, Janet May

Poster Presentations

Paid work experience in high school is a strong predictor of positive adult employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities.


Policy Brief: Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act, The 2015-2016 Cohort Of New Hampshire Leadership Education In Neurodevelopmental And Related Disabilities (Nh Lend) Program Trainees. May 2016

Policy Brief: Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act, The 2015-2016 Cohort Of New Hampshire Leadership Education In Neurodevelopmental And Related Disabilities (Nh Lend) Program Trainees.

Policy Analysis

The Lifespan Respite Care Act (PL 109-442) provides critical support for families caring for loved ones at home. Family caregivers in the United States provide an estimated $470 billion worth of uncompensated care—a figure that exceeds the total Medicaid budget for 2013 (NAC Task Force, 2016). According to the National Respite Coalition, access to respite care helps protect caregiver health, strengthens families, keeps marriages intact, and prevents the need for expensive institutional long-term care. Reauthorization of the Lifespan Respite Care Act is essential to the well-being of individuals in need of long-term care and their families affected by long-term ...


Redefining Transitional Justice In The North American Context? The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth And Reconciliation Commission, Evan P. Centala Apr 2016

Redefining Transitional Justice In The North American Context? The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth And Reconciliation Commission, Evan P. Centala

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis argues that a transformative justice discourse needs to be adopted by the current field of transitional justice in order to account for the many developments in the field. Using the case of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it presents the innovative approaches and unique context the Commission operates in, following a transformative methodology to affect fundamental social change through the political, economic, and social structures that allowed the violence and harm in question to pass. Distinguishing itself from a transitional context where regime change exists with an objective to establish democracy, this thesis suggests ...