Advocacy/Leadership


"Be the change you want to see in the world" -Ghandi

Disability Rights Maine



Disability Rights Maine (DRM) is Maine's Protection & Advocacy agency for people with disabilities. This means we represent people whose rights have been violated or who have been discriminated against based on their disability. We also provide training on rights and self-advocacy and we advocate for public policy reform

     http://drme.org/

Kids Legal



"We provide direct representation to children, youth, and parents or caregivers on their behalf. We also provide consultations and trainings in Maine about the rights of children and youth."

     https://kidslegal.org/

Client Assistance Program (CAP)



"The Client Assistance Program (CAP) is a federally funded program that provides information, assistance and advocacy to people with disabilities who are applying for or receiving services under the Rehabilitation Act. Programs under this Act include Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Independent Living Services (ILS) and Projects with Industry. In Maine, the CAP is administered by C.A.R.E.S., Inc., an agency independent from state government. There are no fees for CAP services."

     https://caresinc.org/

Maine Parent Federation



"Maine Parent Federation (MPF), in existence since 1984, is a private non-profit organization. MPF provides information, referral, one on one telephone support, and training to parents of children with disabilities or special health care needs and the professionals who work with these families through numerous grant-funded projects. Our services are offered at no cost to parents and are available statewide."

     http://mpf.org/

MPF's Self Advocacy Webinar



Speaking Up For Us



"Speaking Up For Us (SUFU) is run by and for adults (maybe like you) who live with developmental disabilities.

SUFU shows us how to have more control of our lives, and use our voices to "Speak Up" for issues that are important to us and all people with disabilities.

And...we do have FUN!"

     http://sufumaine.org/

Maine Children's Alliance



"The Maine Children's Alliance is a public policy, nonprofit improving the lives of Maine children, youth and families through research, collaboration and advocacy. For over 20 years, MCA has promoted sound policies and practices to make sure all Maine children have the resources and opportunity to reach their full potential from birth to adulthood. This starts with collecting and analyzing data, partnering with organizations and coalitions, and promoting data-driven policy decisions. MCA works to inform, empower and inspire parents and providers, practitioners and organizations, and advocates and policy makers to make Maine a better place to be a kid."

     http://mekids.org/

Community Housing of Maine (CHOM)



"CHOM focuses on supportive housing and advocacy as it works to create community inclusion and stability for homeless and special needs populations across the state. Recovery, in all forms, happens in the community - that's why CHOM focuses creating safe, stable, and vibrant inclusive communities where people can thrive."

     http://www.chomhousing.org/

The Hero Effect



"The Hero Effect is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities. Shot on location in ten different communities across the country, each episode brings audiences real-life stories that show the impact one person can make."

     https://www.heroeffect.com/

Learning Disabilities Association of America



"You are your child's best advocate. You are the most effective advocate for yourself in the workplace. Here are resources on advocating for your child in school and for yourself at work. All of us need to advocate for legislation that will benefit adults, students, or young children with learning disabilities."

     https://ldaamerica.org/advocacy/

Wrightslaw



"Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities."

     http://www.wrightslaw.com/

Center for Parent Information and Resources



"Your central "Hub" of information and products created for the network of Parent Centers serving families of children with disabilities"

     http://www.parentcenterhub.org/whatiscpir/

U.S. Department of Education



"ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access."

     https://www.ed.gov/

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates



"The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization of attorneys, advocates, parents and related professionals. There are 6.4 million children with disabilities in America. COPAA members work to protect the legal and civil rights of and secure excellence in education on behalf of tens of thousands of students with disabilities and their families each year at the national, state and local levels."

     http://www.copaa.org/