Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Disability and Aging

Working Together: Maine's Strategic Plan to Maximize Employment for People with Disabilities


This strategic plan is the result of one year of collaborative effort by individuals and organizations representing Maine's public, private and educational sectors. But behind this plan are the stories of Maine citizens with disabilities who seek the increased quality of life that comes with the opportunity to work, build careers, and contribute to Maine's workforce. It is also about Maine employers who need skilled workers and a reliable workforce to be competitive in a global economy, and yet for various reasons have had mixed success in recruiting and retaining workers with disabilities. <p>After careful consideration of findings through consensus discussion and voting, six areas were determined to have the highest priority for action in 2006 and beyond. For each of these areas, available resources and opportunities are identified, together with recommended short- and long-term activities. These details for each of the six priority areas can be found in the full report.</p>
<br>1. Create an employer outreach and education plan</br>
<br>2. Ensure that Maine state government is a model employer for people with disabilities</br>
<br>3. Better support young people with disabilities who are transitioning from school to work</br>
<br>4. Improve and expand vocational rehabilitation services</br>
<br>5. Expand benefits counseling to people with disabilities who work, or who want to work </br>
<br>6. Enhance data collection about workers with disabilities and ensure that data can be shared by relevant agencies providing services</br>

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January 15, 2006

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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Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine 2014 Chartbook

Adults with Intellectual Diabilities or ASD Chartbook

Adults with Intellectual Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, 2014 Edition provides a detailed look at the historical trends and current utilization and cost of institutional and community based services for adults with intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder.

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Dementia in Maine

Dementia in Maine

As the oldest state in the nation, Maine faces the impending impact of Alzheimer’s disease on its social systems, community resources, and its health and long term care systems. This report provides a baseline picture of the current use of services by people with and without dementia in Maine. Learn more in Dementia in Maine: Characteristics, Care, and Cost Across Settings.

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Report on Maine's Older Adults

With the aging of Maine’s population and its status as the oldest state in the nation, the use of long term services continues to be a critical public policy issue in the state and nationally. Learn more in Older Adults and Adults With Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, 2012 Edition.

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