Hidden and identified disabilities can limit achievement and opportunities for students. Support programs can and are making differences in the lives of children and young adults.
Below are local resources:
This website was developed to assist Mainers with disabilities, their families, and providers. There is also lots of information here that is useful to employers, educators, researchers, and the general public.
Alpha One, directed by people with disabilities, is committed to being a leading enterprise providing the community with information, services and products that create opportunities for people with disabilities to live independently.
Assistive Technology Used Equipment Resources
The goal of the Maine Cite website is to help get Assistive Technology devices that are no longer being used into the hands of people who need and can benefit from them.
The Autism Society of Maine
The Autism Society of Maine is a non-profit organization that serves individuals with autism and their families, professionals, and communities by providing education, advocacy, referrals, and resource development.
The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCI)
CCI, a unit of The University of Maine, is the state's center for interdisciplinary disabilities studies, research and evaluation, and outreach education and technical assistance.
Disability Rights Center
Our mission is to enhance and promote the equality, self-determination, independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of people with disabilities through education, strategic advocacy, and legal intervention.
Huntington's Disease Group of Maine
Huntington's Disease is an inherited, degenerative brain disorder. Click here to get information on meetings in Maine.
Learning Disabilities Association of Maine (LDA)
LDA of Maine is a statewide grassroots, volunteer, membership organization including individuals with learning and attention disabilities, their families, and professionals.
The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MECDHH)
MECDHH/GBSD is committed to best practices for addressing each student’s language, communication, literacy and social/emotional domains.
Maine Children's Alliance
The mission of the Maine Children's Alliance is to advocate for sound public policies to improve the lives of all Maine’s Children, Youth and Families.
Maine Developmental Disabilities Council
The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council is a partnership of people with developmental disabilities, family members, and state and local agencies and organizations. We work together to bring about the necessary changes to achieve self-determination and independence for persons with developmental disabilities, and full inclusion in their communities of choice.
Maine Adaptive is the largest year-round adaptive recreation program in the state of Maine for adults and children with physical disabilities, ages four and up.
Pine Tree Society
Our mission: To provide Maine children and adults with disabilities the opportunities and the means to create better lives for themselves and their families.
Special Olympics Maine
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Resource list adapted from Ability Maine.