Transition to Adulthood


"If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people." -Chinese Proverb

MDOL Division of Vocational Rehabilitation



The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, also known as "VR," is a Department of Labor program that helps people who have disabilities to get and keep a job. VR helps people who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities.

      http://www.maine.gov/rehab/dvr/

Pre-Employment Transition Services



"DVR is now offering Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to students with disabilities, beginning at age 14 (9th grade) who are eligible, or potentially eligible for VR services."

      http://www.maine.gov/rehab/dvr/youth_transition.shtml

MDOE Special Education & Individuals with Disabilities Education Act



"The Office of Special Services is responsible for the state's oversight and support for the delivery of all special education services provided in Maine under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This includes early intervention services to eligible children age birth to under age three and their families, provided under IDEA, Part C, and Free Appropriate Public Education to eligible children age three to 20, provided under IDEA, Part B. The Office of Special Services is also responsible for meeting the state's responsibilities under IDEA"

      http://www.maine.gov/doe/specialed/index.html

      http://www.maine.gov/doe/specialed/idea/

Maine Unified Special Education Regulations (MUSER) - Chapter 101



"This rule governs the administration of the child find system for children age birth to twenty, the provision of early intervention services to eligible children birth to under age 3 (B-2) with disabilities and their families, and the provision of special education and related services to eligible children age three to twenty with disabilities and their families, implementing 20-A MRSA Chapters 301, and 303 and amendments thereto"

      Chapter 101 (2017 final) PDF

Maine's Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS)



"The Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) supports Maine's older and disabled adults by providing Adult Protective, Brain Injury, Other Related Conditions, Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Long Term Care, and Aging and Community services to the people of Maine."

      http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oads/

High School & Beyond: A Guide to Transition Services in Maine



"The Guide was developed with the assistance of youth and families to provide resource and planning information to youth and young adults, their families, and their supports to address the many different areas of transition planning. It is my hope that you will find this Guide helpful in supporting youth and young adults in their successful transition to adulthood."

      http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/MSK.HDBK-update(6.23.16).pdf

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/

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/

PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment



"The road to adulthood for youth with disabilities is filled with opportunity, and parents play a key role. PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment is ready with the information families want, presented in a way families can use."

      http://www.pacer.org/transition/

ADA National Network



"The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life."

      https://adata.org/