News

City of Biddeford teams up with UNE to form summer camp for children with Autism
University of New England, March 14, 2017

On February 21, 2017, the City of Biddeford announced a new summer camp for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The University of New England Westbrook College of Health Professions developed an academic course for undergraduate students in the Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies program about Autism. Students are currently enrolled in the course and will serve as the camp counselors, providing 1:1 care and support for the children. The UNE students receive course credits as well as valuable hands on experience with the children. The camp concept was developed and is being implemented with the help of the UNE Occupational Therapy Department and Community Therapy Center.

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In Breakthrough, Researchers Detect Autism Signs In Infants
Disability Scoop, February 21, 2017

For the first time, a new study suggests it's possible to predict within the first year of life if a child will develop autism.

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Upcoming Events

April 08, 2017
Flagship Cinema, 730 Center St. Auburn, ME

The Lewiston/Auburn Rotary Club is sponsoring a sensory friendly movie event featuring “Beauty and the Beast” for families whose children with autism live in the Lewiston/ Auburn area. The movie will be closed to the general public and will start at 10:00 am; you may arrive by 9:30am. Each child will receive a popcorn and a drink, the lights will be low and the sound turned down.

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April 30, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Five Locations

It's that time again to gear up for the 15th Annual Walk for Autism. Get your sneakers ready and help support Maine families by walking for autism in a location near you. The proceeds from this event will help fund ASM's many programs across the state.

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Past Events

Business Leadership & Disability Inclusion Panel Discussion (Wilton)
September 30, 2016, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Comfort Inn & Suites , 1026 US Route 2E, Wilton, ME

It's creative, it's the right thing to do, and it makes business sense. As businesses in Maine are seeing an increase in their workforce retiring they continue to struggle to recruit and retain employees with the skills they need. One talent pool you may not be tapping into is people with disabilities. Maine has a higher proportion of people with disabilities than the rest of the country, and these individuals represent a willing and ABLE workforce. We know the word disability for many employers can be a scary one, so we've put together a panel of employers from the region to share their real-life success stories.  Dana Connors of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce will lead this conversation. The employers will talk very candidly about the strategies they use to look beyond individual disabilities in their hiring practices, the partnerships that helped them along the way, and how hiring people with disabilities has increased their production and overall company morale.

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Business Leadership & Disability Inclusion Panel Discussion (Pittsfield)
September 28, 2016, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
CIANBRO , 101 Cianbro Square, Pittsfield, ME

It's creative, it's the right thing to do, and it makes business sense. As businesses in Maine are seeing an increase in their workforce retiring they continue to struggle to recruit and retain employees with the skills they need. One talent pool you may not be tapping into is people with disabilities. Maine has a higher proportion of people with disabilities than the rest of the country, and these individuals represent a willing and ABLE workforce. We know the word disability for many employers can be a scary one, so we've put together a panel of employers from the region to share their real-life success stories.  Dana Connors of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce will lead this conversation. The employers will talk very candidly about the strategies they use to look beyond individual disabilities in their hiring practices, the partnerships that helped them along the way, and how hiring people with disabilities has increased their production and overall company morale.

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