Alan Kurtz, M.Ed.

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
The University of Maine
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5717
Phone: 207-581-1262
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Last Updated: June 29, 2017


Discipline Coordinators: Education
Specialty Resource Contacts: Autism
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: General areas of expertise include: Autism, inclusive education, significant disabilities, supported employment, self-advocacy for persons with disabilities, disability policy, criminal justice and developmental disabilities.

Summary focus areas for research include: dynamic systems theory, facilitated communication, universal design for learning, positive behavior support, employment supports for individuals with autism, best practices in autism education.

Conducting on-going research for the Maine Department of Education on the perception of teachers, paraprofessionals, family members, and individuals with autism on the educational needs of students with autism in Maine. Reviewing the literature on best practices in autism education and employment supports for individuals with autism.

Person and Family Centered Transition Planning for Youth with Disabilities, Transition Planning for Youth with Disabilities in STEM careers
Education: Masters in Intensive Special Education, University of Vermont, 1985

Ph.D Candidate, University of New Hampshire, Current
Service: Board Member of Autism National Committee and Northeast Regional Conference on Autism.

Maine State Personnel Development Grant Goal 5 (Transition) Advisory Committee