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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


If you or a loved one receive services under one of Maine's
Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers,
please read the important announcement below.  You may be
seeing changes to how waiver services are provided, and this is
your chance to have a voice and share your thoughts on
proposed changes that may directly impact YOU!

Notice of Proposed Amended and Restated Class Action Settlement and Hearing To Be Held On May 7, 2015. 
Information for all members of the nationwide class certified by this Court to include blind patrons of automated teller machines (“ATMs”) owned or operated by either Cardtronics, Inc. or Cardtronics USA, Inc. 
Click here for more information about the Class Action Suit and Proposed Settlement.

New!
Pine Tree Society’s Autism Transition Program

Bridging the gap between high school and adulthood in a fun, supportive environment
Skill Builders for young adults with autism begin February 3, 2015.

Pine Tree Society's Autism Transition Program helps teens and young adults with autism build the skills they need for a successful future. Through a variety of fun, social activities outside of the school environment, participants have an opportunity to:
  • Connect with peers who share similar challenges
  • Discover new abilities in center and community-based settings
  • Explore vocational interests through workplace visits and community service
  • Express emotion and develop skills that promote a healthy mind, body and spirit
From February to June 2015, Pine Tree Society is offering a series of Transition Skill Builders, each with a different theme. Based on their personal interests, participants may choose to attend just one Skill Builder—or all three. Each Skill Builder runs for six Tuesdays 3-5pm and enrollment is open now.  Click here to learn more and apply online

If you are a voter with a disability or know voters with disabilities, please take a moment to complete SABE's (Self Advocates Becoming Empowered)
Project VOTE Voter Experience Election Day Survey

A heartfelt thank-you to everyone who came out and supported DRC 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 DRC's 2014 Annual Membership Dinner

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

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

We've recently updated our voting guide, How to Vote and Your Rights in the Voting Process. 
Click here to download and read today (PDF)!

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

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

Read DRC's 2013 Annual Report

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

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.

Complete DRC's Client Satisfaction Survey

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For Cases Closed Prior to 10/1/14

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