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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family Education Program coming to Farmington September 4, 2014 to November 20 , 2014.

Maine Resources

Maine 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.  In general, people are eligible for services if they have a significant impairment that impedes their ability to work, and if they require vocational rehabilitation services to attain or maintain employment.

Maine Small Business Development Centers provide comprehensive business management assistance, training, resource and information services to Maine’s micro, small, and technology-based business communities. The focus of the Maine SBDC is to assist in the creation and maintenance of viable micro, small and technology-based businesses and the jobs these businesses provide.

AccessMaine a website developed to assist Mainers with disabilities, their families, and providers. There is also lots of information here that is useful to employers, educators, researchers, and the general public.

Agricultural Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in which a trained, impartial mediator helps two or more parties resolve their differences and negotiate a fair agreement.   Special services for the agricultural community:  Trained mediators can facilitate disputes involving adverse USDA decisions, farm loans, environmental or forestry issues, insurance or disaster relief, contracts with food processors, neighbors, labor issues, wetland determinations, and more.

National Resources

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The National AgrAbility Project oversees the 24 state AgrAbility programs.  Check out this website for an extensive resource list specific to particular disabilities/chronic health conditions.

The Breaking New Ground Resource Center in Purdue’s Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering has become internationally recognized as the primary source for information and resources on rehabilitation technology for persons working in agriculture.

Arthritis and Agriculture is full of arthritis information (for example, arthritis impacts 1/3 of all adult farm operators).  You’ll find several practical tips to reduce the impact of arthritis on your agricultural operation.

The National Agricultural Safety Database, NASD, is a collection of publications about agricultural safety and health. The publications are contributed by safety specialists in many different states and agencies.  Includes a section specific to farming with disabilities.

Rural Caregivers
Everyone in the family is impacted when one person is injured, ill, or disabled.  Take a look at this page for all sorts of resources for caregivers.

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Wheel:Life is a global initiative that assists people in addressing the many questions and challenges that come with using a wheelchair. More than 20,000 friends who use wheelchairs visit our website each month to take part in our free, online resources.

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