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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

Join Us for Disability Awareness Day -
Thursday, May 28th!!!

  • Time: 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Where: Hall of Flags, State House, Augusta (Map)
  • For More Information, Contact Shannon Crocker @                                 207.626.2774 or via email, scrocker@drme.org

Register Now for the 27th Annual Maine Center on Deafness Deaf / Hard of Hearing / Late Deafened / Deaf-Blind Conference
(aka "Meryl's Conference")!
  • When: Friday, June 26, 2015, 9:00am- 4:00pm (registration begins at 8:30 am)
  • Where: Colby College, Diamond Building, Waterville, ME (Map)
  • Keynote Speaker:  Caroline Jackson - National Association of the Deaf Lawyer
  • Cost: General Admission is $20; Interpreter price is $75.  Scholarships available for Deaf individuals - Please Ask
  • Register: Online at www.mkt.com/mcdmaine or complete the registration form included with the flyer (below)
  • For More Information: Conference Flyer (PDF)

Maine Human Rights Commission Finds Reasonable Grounds to Believe Falmouth Pediatric Dentistry Discriminated Against Child with Autism - Press Release (Word)     (PDF)

Maine Center on Deafness Partners with Disability Rights Maine - Press Release (Word)     (PDF)

Announcement
:
The Disability Rights Center is now Disability Rights Maine (DRM)(Word)    
(PDF)

DRM's 2014 Annual Report is now available!!
Download your copy today (PDF).

DRM & Maine Parent Federation (MPF) invite you to attend our upcoming training, "Guardianship and Alternatives 101".  This 2-hour training will be offered on Saturday, May 23rd. Download flyer for more info (PDF).

Read MPBN's story, "Maine Bill Would Phase Out Lower Wages for Disabled"

Take Part in the "Maine Access Mapathon"!

This year marks an important anniversary - the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  To commemorate the passage of this landmark civil rights law, Disability Rights Maine and the ADA Coalition of Maine are embarking on a "Maine Access Mapathon" project to map the accessibility of our cities and towns.


As we engage in a year of acti
vities aimed at enforcement, education, and coalition building, this Mapathon is part of our outreach to communities to highlight access issues locally. By partnering with individuals throughout Maine, we hope to start conversations and spark change in how our cities and towns view access and inclusion.

Participation is easy: simply create a profile at www.axsmap.com on your phone or computer.  Then, join our "Maine Access Mapathon" event.  Once you are registered, simply search for a business and add your review!  You may also choose to fill out the enclosed paper review form and mail it back to us.  We’ll add your review to the map.


Equal access to buildings and programs means access to people, relationships, education, employment and opportunities.  We all deserve that.  Please join our efforts by contributing reviews from your community!


For more information, please contact Riley Albair at Disability Rights Maine, at 207.626.2774 or
ralbair@drme.org.


The 2014 Developmental Services Advocacy report is now available!  DSA Advocates provide direct representation, respond to reported rights violations, attend all 3-person
committee meetings reviewing the use of severely intrusive behavior and safety plans, attend Person Centered Planning meetings, and conduct regular outreach and training statewide. 
Read the report (PDF)     (Word)

A heartfelt thank-you to everyone who came out and supported DRM at our 14th Annual Dinner. 
The turnout was fantastic and we had a wonderful evening honoring this year's award recipients and listening to the inspirational words of our keynote speaker, Sally Conway
, Civil Rights Division, Department of JusticeThe following individuals / businesses were also honored for
their advocacy work on behalf of people with disabilities.

  • Eric Reeves, Jacob Van Meter, Adam Fletcher, Helen M. Bailey Advocacy Award
  • Senate President, Justin L. Alfond, Equal Access for All Award
  • Bates College, Business Award
Thank you to the sponsors of DRM's 2014 Annual Membership Dinner

Click here to hear Kim Moody on WMPG's "Nonprofit Insider" program.  Kim visited the station to talk about DRMs services and how we may be able to help you!


Now Available
!
Read DRM's October Newsletter (PDF)

DRM has new brochures!  Download our agency and PABSS brochures today!

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

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

DRM 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

Disability Rights Maine (DRM) 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

DRM 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, DRM 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.

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