Maine Disability Resources:
Autism Society of Maine - The Autism Society of Maine is a non-profit organization that serves individuals with autism and their families, professionals, and communities by providing education, advocacy, referrals, and resource development - http://www.asmonline.org
The Iris Network
The Iris Network is a statewide resource and catalyst for people who are visually impaired or blind so they can attain their determined level of independence and integration into the community - http://www.theiris.org
Maine Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired can provide many services to persons with severe visual impairments - http://www.maine.gov/rehab/dbvi/index.shtml
Maine Developmental Disabilities Council
The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) is a partnership of people with disabilities, their families, and agencies which identifies barriers to community inclusion, self determination, and independence, and acts to effect positive change - http://www.maineddc.org
Since 1978, Alpha One, a Center for Independent Living, has enabled thousands of people with disabilities to live more fully and more independently in all aspects of their lives - http://www.alpha-one.org
Learning Disabilities of Maine
The Learning Disabilities Association of Maine is the Maine state affiliate of LDAA serving children and adults with specific learning disabilities, their families, professionals, & community members since 1980 - http://www.ldame.org
Pine Tree Society
Whether it's a young girl with Cerebral Palsy discovering her first best friend at Pine Tree Camp, an adult finding his voice with customized assistive technology or an adult with a developmental disability participating in a new and exciting activities at Community Services...Pine Tree Society changes lives - http://www.pinetreesociety.org
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maine Chapter
The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward - http://www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/MEM/index.aspx
Statistics: Maine Disability
- There are an estimated 228,000 people in the state of Maine over the age of five who have a form of disability.
- Approximately 33,000 people, or 2.7% of the state's population, experience difficulties with performing activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, or moving around inside of their homes.
- There are around 120,000 people in the state who have a form of work disability, and 48,000 people with disabilities in Maine who are employed.
- Around 8,000 people with disabilities in the state are unemployed, while 70,000 are currently not in the workforce.