Open Style Lab teams up with The New School students to create beautiful, yet functional, wardrobes for disabilities in mind
New York Times, June 23, 2017

Shopping for and choosing clothes is challenging enough that an entire industry of stylists, magazine editors and fashion bloggers has been created to help. But imagine if your parameters included more than finding a sweater to complement your eye color, or a backpack to match your sneakers.

Imagine if you were unable to use your arms to do anything (let alone get dressed), or used a wheelchair and needed to have easy access to a catheter, or had a spine with a significant convex curve that made pressing up against any flat surface painful, or had muscles that spasm.

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Meet the World's First Comic Book Superhero with Down Syndrome
Nerdist, June 13, 2017

At the end of March, Sesame Street introduced the world to Julia, the first autistic Muppet. At the time, Julia’s puppeteer and mother of a son on the autism spectrum, Stacy Gordon, told NPR, “Man, I really wish that kids in my son’s class had grown up with a Sesame Street that had modeling [of] the behavior of inclusion of characters with autism.”

A similar sentiment might be applied to Lion Forge's newest creation. Superb launches in July and will feature the first superhero with Down syndrome-the chromosomal condition that affects roughly 1 in every 700 babies born in the United States, according to the National Down Syndrome Society. NDSS was a full partner in bringing Jonah, the main hero of Superb, to life alongside Lion Forge, whose slogan is, “Comics For Everyone.”

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Upcoming Events

July 13, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
University of Maine-Machias

The Community Caring Collaborative and Sunrise County Economic Council invite business owners and human resource staff to Addiction, Recovery & the Workforce: a summit for Washington County businesses of all sizes, a free event on July 13, 2017 from 8:15 to 3 pm in Science 102 at the University of Maine, Machias. Participants will learn and discuss challenges to hiring and employing people in recovery; hear strategies for success and dealing with challenges from a panel of experts; plus gain foundational information on addiction and available treatment and recovery supports.

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July 20, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sponsored by the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology, this "virtual talk" will feature Shea Tanis, Associate Director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, who will discuss why technology and information access is a critical right for everyone, and how technology solutions are changing employment opportunities for people with cognitive disabilities, including neurodiverse individuals.

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Past Events

15th Annual Walk for Autism
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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FREE Sensory Friendly Movie -
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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