In partnership, Central Aroostook Association and the University of Maine at Presque Isle will host world renowned human rights advocate Clarence Sundram, J.D.

The presentation will be held on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. This event is free and open to the public.

This presentation is part of Central Aroostook Association’s landmark achievement of celebrating 60 years of operation in 2019. The Association operates eight programs serving youth and adults with disabilities.

Mr. Sundram is a nationally recognized expert on conditions in institutions and community programs for persons with mental disabilities. He currently serves New York State as Special Advisor to the Governor on Vulnerable Persons. He is best known in Maine for the oversight of the adult intellectual disability consent decree, serving as a special court master throughout the process of service realignment and building quality assurance processes.

Sundram will speak at UMPI about the historical evolution and reform of the human services system over the past 60 years and the ending reliance on large institutions with the development of community-based services.

He has testified by invitation before both Houses of Congress and before legislative committees in New York, Maine, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. regarding legislation dealing with abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

In addition to his many accomplishments, he has published numerous articles in legal and other professional journals, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences and has appeared on such programs as Nightline, 48 Hours, and The CBS Evening News.

For more information about this event, contact Steve Richard at 207-764-0134 or email

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