Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Disability and Aging

Expanding Access to Recreation and Social/Cultural Activities


The goal of this project was to expand opportunities for integrated recreational, social and cultural activities in Maine for people with disabilities. The project staff used a multi-faceted approach to raise awareness and inform recreation program owners and managers to improve access and accommodation and to provide communication tools to inform consumers of accessible recreational opportunities. Staff worked to make contacts with existing activities in the state and to link and collaborate with the programs that could offer support and sustainability. Activities proposed included:
1. Establishing a resource network of recreation facilities, school, and community/municipal program administrators and consumers with disabilities who utilize facilities/programs to identify ways to expand access and utilization.
2. Developing and disseminating a web-based Universal Access and Technical Assistance Tool Kit for recreational facilities to improve access.
3. Working with Portland Connections to learn about the model and facilitate the replication of it in three communities in the state.
4. Assembling the information for marketing and distribution in coordination with a consumer-friendly website that lists accessible recreational, social and cultural facilities and activities along with resource links for facilities.

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October 30, 2004

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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