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Zeph Receives Service Award from Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Contact: Sandra Horne, 581-1236

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ORONO – Lu Zeph, director of the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) and associate professor of education, recently was honored for six years of service (2002-2008) to the Association of University Centers on Disabilities’ board of directors.

Zeph served as president of the board from 2005-2006. AUCD is a membership organization composed of three national networks of interdisciplinary, university-based centers dedicated to research, education, leadership training and policy development, and direct service for people with disabilities.

Zeph received the award from President-Elect Michael Gamel-McCormick and President William Kiernan at the AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, D.C.

Since 1992, Zeph has served as the founding Director of CCIDS, Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. She has published and presented extensively in a number of public policy areas, including inclusive education and early intervention, community inclusion, and systemic change.

In 1999, she was awarded a Kennedy Public Policy Fellowship and served as a Congressional Fellow with U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. In 2000-2001, while on leave from the University of Maine, she served as executive director of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation.

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