MAIER 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 identity 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.
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.
Have you seen our Fall Newsletter? Check it out for news, information, and resources important to both families and professionals. Read about our Professional Development and training offerings, new projects and opportunities, and our successful “Our Day to Play” at York’s Wild Kingdom.
News and Announcements
“Places and Spaces” now online!
Check out MAIER’s newest online resource for families, a space dedicated to helping families explore new options for recreation and fun. Developed with the help of MAIER Family Partnership parents and friends, Places and Spaces offers Directory listings of Maine places to visit, a Tip Sheet for visiting new places, and additional valuable resources. Help us build our directory listings by submitting your favorite places and events for families impacted by ASD, using our online submission forms! Our thanks to our MFP parents and friends, Diana McFarland, Angela Morse, Jessica Fine, Karen Grotton-Pelletier, and Olivia White for your help in getting this exciting new resource launched! Go to Places and Spaces
Family fun at MAIER FP “Outdoor Adventure Day!”
The Auburn Lewiston YMCA’s Outdoor Education and Learning Center was abuzz with activity on Sunday June 25th when local families impacted by autism joined the MAIER Family Partnership and AL YMCA for an “Outdoor Adventure Day.” Children were greeted with a variety of activities led by YMCA & MAIER staff and volunteers, and families gathered to share a BBQ lunch at noon. [Read more]
Autism Awareness Fair in Rockland is a huge success!
MAIER joined the Rockland community for an Autism Awareness Fair on March 18th at the Rockland Elks Lodge. This family-friendly fun and informative event was organized and led by Jessica Crane (mother of four-year old Brody), with the assistance of her family and friends. The Rockland Elks Club hall was filled with information tables and fun activities for children attending, and a silent auction held during the event helped to raise more than $3500 for local and state autism programs and organizations. Our heartfelt thanks to Jessica and her family, and community for their work to increase autism awareness and support service providers and programs! [Read more]