Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research Family Partnership

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.    ~ All the best, Donna (MAIER Family Partnership Director) and MAIER faculty and staff. ~

PEERS® Friendship Skills Boot Camp is launching April 23rd!

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.

New Webinar for April’s Autism Acceptance Month!

photo of Connor and Jessica Archer with Webinar titleWe are pleased to announce a new MAIER webinar “Helping your Teen Work Toward Independence as an Adult,” presented by Connor and Jessica Archer, for April’s Autism Acceptance month! This pre-recorded one-hour webinar is available free to families and caregivers for viewing at your own convenience.

This webinar explores different techniques and approaches to help your teen work towards becoming independent when he/she enters adulthood. The presentation will focus on the early teen years, graduation from High School, and the transition to adulthood, with examples from their own personal experience as an individual on the autism spectrum and his mother, an educator with an advanced degree in Special Education.

This webinar is free, but you must register to receive the login information needed to view. Resources and materials to guide you through the webinar are provided.

Learn more here.             Register online here. 

New Sexuality Education Resource available from MAIER!

Teaching children about sensitive topics such as private body parts, changes during puberty, and healthy relationships can be difficult for a parent of any child, but for families that include a child on the autism spectrum, there are special concerns and sometimes the need for specially developed tools to introduce topics and begin conversations.  MAIER’s Sexuality Education Resource will link you to a variety of resources, all in a handy graphic to lead you through topics and conversations, many specifically developed for families of children, teens, and young adults with special learning needs. Check out this new resource, which includes links to helpful videos, visual supports, curricula, and toolkits, then share with others to help spread the word!      [View and/or download Sexuality Education Resource here]

Read our Fall 2020 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 Donna at MAIER.  207-581-2468/

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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.

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.