Opportunity to work with Disability Rights Maine!
Are you looking for temporary, part-time, flexible work? Are you passionate about people with disabilities living in and accessing the community?
In January 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new rule requiring changes to home and community-based services (HCBS). States must comply by March 2022. The rule establishes new standards and requires that services and supports funded through Medicaid must be in settings that are truly home and community-based.
DRM needs several people to conduct 500 on-site visits to Maine’s home and community based settings statewide from February 1st through September 30th. These visits are to assess and validate whether the setting is in compliance with the rules. DRM will provide extensive training and support.
People with disabilities and family members are encouraged to apply.
Wings for All® is Coming to BGR Airport
We are happy to announce that Wings for All will be landing at the Bangor International Airport (BGR) on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Wings for All® is an airport rehearsal program designed specifically for individuals with autism or other intellectual disabilities. Families are given the opportunity to practice all steps involved in air travel including: entering the airport, obtaining a boarding card, going through TSA security, and boarding a real plane (that does not take off). A small reception will be held for all participants with light snacks and refreshments after deboarding the plane.
Our executive director, Nancy Cronin, had a fantastic time with her cohorts from around the country at this year's Executive Director Leadership Summit! Thanks to the folks at NACDD for putting this together and giving our executive directors a chance to talk about the work they are doing in their respective Councils.
Council Executive Directors on steps in the Governor's Mansion in Arkansas
The group got a chance to visit the Little Rock Central High School, the school where the Little Rock Nine were escorted by the National Guard in 1957 to desegregate that school.
This past Monday, Sept. 6 — in recognition of international FASD awareness day — saw the launch of FASD Maine, a group for anyone affected by or involved with fetal alcohol in Maine.
If you are interested in being involved with or following their work, you can join their new Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/463838167530594/
FASD Infographic Text:
Alcohol use during pregnancy can lead to lifelong effects.
Up to 1 in 20 US school children may have FASDs.
People with FASDs can experience a mix of the following problems:
Which leads to…
Behavioral and intellectual disabilities
These can lead to…
Lifelong issues with
Drinking while pregnant costs the US $5.5 billion (2010)
Sources: CDC Vital Signs, February 2016. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, November 2015
Our executive director, Nancy Cronin, is also Maine's ambassador to the CDC's Act Early Campaign, which is an initiative that helps to educate about the importance of tracking young children's developmental milestones and strives to get information about those milestones into the hands of parents, doctors, and early education professionals. Watch Nancy and her fellow ambassadors talk about their work in this video:
Maine’s Maternal and Child Health Program administers the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Every five years states are required to conduct a needs assessment to continue to evaluate the state’s specific priorities. This short survey should only take about 5-10 minutes to complete and your responses will be anonymous. The survey will ask about priorities in five MCH population domains:
Click here to participate: www.tinyurl.com/MCHsurveyME
On April 25, 2019, the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council honored students who created remarkable works, essays and art, around the idea of inclusion for people with developmental disabilities in our communities. These young adults exemplify the attitudes and ideas we need to cultivate in the future for the benefit of all!
The ceremony was held in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta, and featured the winning artworks, as well as highlights from the winning essays.
Deputy Commissioner Daniel Chuhta from the Department of Education and State Representative Dennis Keschl presented awards to the students, as well as teachers and schools who made an impact through this contest.
Also honored was State Representative Richard Farnsworth, who has been a stalwart supporter of the rights of people with developmental disabilities for many years, with MDDC’s Policymaker Award.
On hand to support our honorees were members of the Council, self-advocates, parents, legislators, representatives from state agencies, and other members of our community.
Congratulations again to the winners of the 2019 Inclusion Awards!
1st Place: Seth Tapley, Hodgdon High School
2nd Place: Ben Burgess, Vinalhaven School
3rd Place: Sam Peterson, John Bapst Memorial High School
Honorable Mention: Maddie Beckwith, Winslow High School
Teacher of 1st Place Recipient: Linda Garcia, Hodgdon High School
School Participation: Vinalhaven School
1st Place: Reagan Davis, Freeport High School
2nd Place: Galina Fallon, Freeport High School
3rd Place: Nicholas Alexander, MidMaine Technical Center
Honorable Mention: Kylieanna Rantz, Narraguagus High School
Teacher of 1st Place Recipient: Kimberly Medsker-Mehalic, Freeport HS
School Participation: Freeport High School
MDDC is a partnership of people with disabilities, their families, and public and governmental agencies which promotes and advocates for equal opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities to participate in every aspect of community life.
MDDC is committed to creating a Maine in which all people are valued and respected because we believe communities are stronger when everyone is included.
Date: April 4, 2019
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Welcome Center Maine Statehouse
State St Augusta, ME
We will meet our legislators and take a tour of the statehouse.
Speaking Up for Us
Maine Developmental Disabilities Council
Pre-Registration Required by March 22nd. Space is limited.
Advocacy Day will be held this year and all adults living with Developmental Disabilities are invited to participate. This program requires you to pre-register and complete steps before and after the day of the event.
Speaking up for Us PO Box 4139 Presque Isle, ME 04107
Call Laurie Coldwell (207) 956-1004 ext 4
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Call for Submissions of Essays and Artworks on Inclusion
The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council has recently put out a call for submissions for its 2019 Inclusion Awards, which celebrate extraordinary high school students who think deeply about issues of inclusion for people living with developmental disabilities. Open to all Maine high school juniors and seniors, the Awards have two components: an Essay Contest and a Visual Arts Contest, which allows students to express these ideas as artwork.
This year, students are asked to write essays or create two-dimensional artworks responding to the following prompt: “What does the full inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities mean to you?”
The experience of participating in these contests has been a rewarding one for both teachers and students. "An insightful experience that I would recommend to any high school student...I was able to develop my idea of community and how disabilities should never be thought of as a barrier between individuals. Awareness and acceptance being major takeaways from this contest, I feel new participants will cultivate these same beneficial values and an overall appreciation for the communities that they live in." writes Corilie Green, an award recipient in 2018. Linda Garcia, an educator at Hodgdon High School, says “By participating in the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council's Inclusion Awards, my students become advocates for a special segment of communities across Maine and beyond. Through their participation, my students share stories about inspiring individuals who make our world a more beautiful place.”
The deadline for entries is Friday, February 15, 2019, and scholarship prizes range from $250-$1,000 for individual entries; $500 will be awarded to the teacher with the first-place winning student and $2,500 goes to the school with the most entries.
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. MDDC is committed to creating a Maine in which all people are valued and respected because we believe communities are stronger when everyone is included.