A man mentoring a woman employee.

Mentoring as a Disability Inclusion Strategy

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) recently published the Workplace Mentoring Playbook in partnership with the National Disability Mentoring Coalition, which is part of EARN’s Inclusion@Work Network. A mentoring program is a talent development and retention strategy, one that uses the organization’s human resources to improve employee satisfaction, develop leaders and teach new skills. […]

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Suicide Prevention

Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit

The Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations implementing suicide prevention programs in rural communities across the United States. The modules in the toolkit contain resources and information focused on developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining rural suicide prevention programs. There are more resources on general community health strategies […]

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Work and Benefits Navigator Training in Orono on November 7th

Source: Work & Benefits Navigator Training A person receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) has likely been told they can’t work, or if they do work that they should limit their hours. They may believe they can’t work. They may have limited work experience or education. And likely they fear losing their […]

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Social/Sexual Challenges at Work: Supporting Employees with I/DD

Source: Association of University Centers on Disabilities A special issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation covering the proceedings of the 2018 Annual APSE National Conference features an article by Bethany Chase, MSW, LSW, CESP, Training and Consultation Specialist at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. The article, “Supporting social/sexual challenges at the workplace” outlines the […]

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Step Up Program Helps High School Students with Autism Prepare for College

“What will my son or daughter with autism need to make the transition from high school to college?” This was a common concern for parents of five high school students who participated in the Step Up program; a five-week residential living and learning experience at the University of Maine this summer. The pilot program focused […]

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New E-Learning Module: Autism CARES Act 101

Source: Association of University Centers on Disabilities The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), in partnership with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), is pleased to share the e-Learning module, “Autism CARES Act 101.” This free, self-paced module addresses key facets of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act, including grassroots and legislative origins, how […]

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Disability Pride 2019 featured speaker, a man seated in a wheelchair addressing a crowd.

3rd Annual Disability Pride Maine Event Draws Over 150 to Mill Park

Over 150 people recently attended the 3rd Annual Disability Pride Maine event at the Pavilion in Mill Park, Augusta. The gathering was sponsored by Disability Rights Maine (DRM), Maine’s Protection and Advocacy organization, congressionally authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (the DD Act). Approximately twelve disability advocacy organizations and 3 state agencies also […]

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Partisan Politics and the Forgotten Population

By Alan B. Cobo-Lewis Source: Bangor Daily News, Opinion guest column • online June 29, 2019, in print July 1, 2019. A BDN editorial recently celebrated “a welcome return to normalcy” in the state budget process. But people who had been a bipartisan priority have been forgotten — and the state has failed to meet its […]

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New Educare Infant/Toddler Classroom Expands Childcare Access in Central ME

Source: Educare Central Maine News Release (June 7, 2019) Photo courtesy of Educare Central Maine Educare Central Maine recently announced that it has opened the last available classroom space in its state of the art facility as part of the federal Early Head Start: Child Care Partnership grant with Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP). The initial five year grant from […]

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Somali parents with Marnie Morneault, April Fournier and Crystal Cron.

Parent Advocacy Training for Somali Parents of Children on Autism Spectrum

Over the past two decades, Maine has experienced rapid growth of racially, ethnically and linguistically diverse populations. Although Maine’s population is largely White (95%), children in Maine are disproportionately from minority populations; currently 9% of children in Maine are from a race other than White. Culturally and linguistically diverse parents often experience challenges in understanding […]

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