Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research Family Partnership

MAIER’s Family Partnership (MFP) is dedicated to providing outreach to individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders across the state of Maine. Together, MAIER staff and families work to identify issues of concern for Maine families and collaborate on projects to promote greater awareness and understanding, develop tools and resources, address access to services, and support research efforts. In addition, the MAIER MFP hosts educational and social events to offer families valuable information and resources, strengthen community ties, and encourage family-to-family networking and support. Download our brochure for more information.

News and Announcements

As we continue to maintain our COVID safety measures in 2021, we continue to offer new webinars and videos resources that are available free online.  We look forward to when our work will again include in-person family events and community gatherings.

New Parent Packet Available from MAIER

While we wait for the resumption of in-person family events, conferences, and workshops, MAIER has developed a new Parent Packet to help bridge that gap and assure you know about all the great resources available from MAIER. MAIER’s Parent Packet includes copies of our print resources such as our ASD Fact sheet (good for sharing with family and friends) our Fire Safety handout and Adaptive Sports and Recreation handout, and our new Getting Started with Alternative and Augmentative Communication brochure. We also include up-to-date listings of all the MAIER developed resources available online including educational videos, webinars, and toolkits. If you have not received the Maine Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders booklets yet, we can include this in your packet when requested. We are sending our Parent Packets to individuals, parents, and caregivers upon request, and will begin mailing packets later in September.  Sign up for a MAIER Parent Packet using our easy online form  or contact MAIER: or call 207-581-2352.

PEERS® Friendship Skills Boot Camp Online Training Module

We are pleased to announce the launching of the PEERS® Friendship Skills Boot Camp on April 23rd! This self-paced training module, presented by UM Faculty Dr. Sarah Howorth, is a free online training module that is recommended for families and professionals who support teens and young adults with autism. Read more about this exciting new offering from MAIER and register to participate on the Friendship Boot Camp Webpage.

Read our Summer 2021 Newsletter

Individuals with autism, parents and family members, and caregivers are welcome to join the MFP. Contact us to be placed on the MFP mailing list for news, event announcements, and other information. For more information about the Maine Family Partnership or any sponsored activities, contact MAIER  at 207-581-2352/

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The Maine Department of Education provides significant support and funding for the activities and outreach of the Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research. Special thanks to Erin Frazier, Director of Special Services Birth-20, Maine Department of Education, for her ongoing support for this project. To learn more about this unique partnership, see the “About Us” tab above.