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“The Nation’s proper goals regarding
individuals with disabilities are to
assure equality of opportunity, full
participation, independent living,
and economic self-sufficiency.”

  Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

DRC's 2014 Annual
Dinner will be held on Friday,
October 17, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport.


Keynote Speaker
Sally Conway, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice

2014 Award Recipients
Helen M. Bailey Advocacy Award – Eric Reeves, Jacob Van
Meter, Adam Fletcher

Access for All AwardSenate President, Justin L. Alfond

Business Award Bates College

Online Registration Available! Click Here to Register  Please RSVP By October 10.


Mark Your Calendars & Join Us for the 2014 Candidates Forum
!
Congressman Mike Michaud and Eliot Cutler have confirmed their attendance, and Governor LePage has been invited.

What: Candidates Forum for Governor of Maine
When: Friday, October 10, 2014 from 1pm-3pm
Where: Le Club Calumet
334 West River Rd, Augusta
Get Directions
Have Questions?  Contact Shannon Crocker at 1.800.452.1948 (V/TTY)    


  ASL interpreters and assistive listening devices will be available.


This forum is sponsored by the Disability Rights Center, together with Alpha One, Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Maine Center on Deafness, NAMI Maine, Maine Parent Federation, The Iris Network, Consumer Council System of Maine, Maine APSE, Syntiro, Southern Maine Parent Awareness, Speaking Up for Us, GEAR Parent Network, Autism Society of Maine, and Adoptive & Foster Families of Maine, Inc.

DRC has a new brochures!  Download our agency and PABSS brochures today!

Pine Tree Society to offer Transition Pilot Program for teens and young adults with autism
: Six-week program begins October 20

Talk with any parent of a child with autism and the topic of life after high school is sure to come up. The thought of moving from the highly supported and structured environment of school to the world of adulthood is stressful and scary for parents. Parents aren’t the only ones who worry about that next stage in life. Transition to adulthood is a key stressor for young people with autism as well. 

Pine Tree Society is pleased to announce the start of a Transition Pilot Program that will help teens and young adults with autism prepare for life after graduation. During the six-week program, participants will build social skills, explore career interests, and actively engage with the community around them. Read the program brochure - PDF      Word
When: Every Monday beginning October 20 and ending November 24. From 3-5 p.m. Where: Pine Tree Society, 71 US Rte 1, Scarborough, ME
Who:
Individuals with autism, ages 16-22

For more information:
Visit Pine Tree Society's website
Interested in enrolling someone in the program?  Contact Lillian Scenna, LSW, Program Coordinator at 207-386-5941 or lscenna@pinetreesociety.org.

The Maine State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is seeking input from current and former clients of Maine's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).  The SRC is a statewide citizens group created to advise the DVR in Maine about how well its programs and services match the needs of people with disabilities.  As part of this work, the SRC is responsible for conducting yearly reviews and analysis of the effectiveness of Maine’s vocational rehabilitation services and customer satisfaction.  Participation in the Customer Satisfaction Survey will help the Council to better serve people with disabilities in Maine.  Click here to participate.

Now Available! Read DRC's July 2014 Newsletter (PDF)

Visit our Resource Guides page & download your copy of DRC's new Basic Guide to Self-Advocacy.

Read DRC's 2013 Annual Report

THANK YOU to everyone who attended DRC's 13th Annual Membership Dinner!  Over 200 individuals joined us for this wonderful event, which featured an inspirational keynote address by U.S. Senator Angus King.  The following individuals / business were also honored for their advocacy work on behalf of people with disabilities.
    • Lydia Richard, Helen M. Bailey Advocacy Award
    • Gil Broberg, Equal Access for All Award
    • Proctor & Gamble, Tambrands' Flexi-Center Initiative, Disability Rights Center Business Award

    Maine Becomes an Employment First state.  To learn more about Employment First and the coalition behind this effort, visit http://www.employmentfirstmaine.org.

    DRC 2013 Dinner Sponsors

    DRC works closely with Speaking Up For Us (SUFU), Maine's statewide self-advocacy agency for individuals with intellectual disabilities.  Click here to read more about SUFU's activities across Maine.

    Who We Are

    The Disability Rights Center (DRC) is Maine's protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities.  It is a non-profit agency independent of state and federal government.


    What We Do

    DRC provides individuals with information about their rights and service systems, and represents individuals at meetings and hearings by providing legal services to individuals and groups.  In addition, DRC works for systemic change and offers trainings on individual rights and developing advocacy skills.  We also act as a referral service for individuals we are unable to directly assist.