News Archive

A Visit to Santa’s Village

The Children’s Discovery Museum in Bangor was transformed into Santa’s Village on Sunday December 2nd for the Maine Autism Institute’s Family Partnership (MFP) annual holiday celebration for families impacted by autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Santa and his team of elves greeted children of all ages as they entered Santa’s Village, cheerfully decorated and humming with […]

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MAIER Families shine at Indoor Climbing Event!

Twelve MAIER families gathered at the Maine Bound Adventure Center on Sunday November 18th to challenge their courage and their strength on the center’s climbing wall in an event especially for families impacted by autism spectrum disorders (ASD). With the help of volunteers specially trained to assist persons with physical or cognitive differences, kiddos of […]

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New Maine Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders

We are pleased to announce our 2nd edition of the Maine Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders is now available. Now a four-volume set, the 2018 edition has undergone review and revisions to update content, and includes new information addressing adults living life on the spectrum, personal safety, family issues, and augmentative and alternative communication. Copies of the […]

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Fall 2018 Pathways is now available

      View 2018 Fall Pathways We are pleased to bring you our latest issue of Pathways, the newsletter of the Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research.  MAIER is off to a busy start with new and exciting educational, professional development, and family partnership opportunities for 2018-19.  Check out our news, events, and resources highlighted in […]

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“Our Day to Play” at York’s Wild Kingdom!

Saturday September 15th, was a special day at York’s Wild Kingdom as more than 75 Maine families affected by autism gathered to make some new friends while enjoying a free day at the Park. Throughout the day, families explored the park and tested their courage on the amusement rides, while taking time to connect with […]

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All New Professional Development Offerings for 2018-19

The Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research has all new professional development opportunities planned for 2018-19, with our first session, “Beyond the Birds and the Bees,” being offered on October 4th at the Wells Conference Center, Orono. Download flyer Register at our secure website MAIER PD Series sessions are only $35 per person/per session, […]

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Join MAIER at York’s Wild Kingdom September 15th!

The Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research Family Partnership (MFP) is hosting an “Our Day to Play” event at York’s Wild Kingdom September 15th, 2018. This day-long FREE event for families that include a child, teen, or adult on the autism spectrum will include entry to both the Zoo and the Amusement Park, and […]

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MAIER Awarded Funding to Support Early Start Maine Program

The Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) at the University of Maine has received an $849,000 grant from the Maine Department of Education to continue its Early Start Maine (ESM) program for very young children with autism. Read more about this exciting renewal of MAIER’s ESM funding at UMaine News Early Start Maine is […]

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MAIER Hosts Outdoor Adventure Day with YMCA of Auburn Lewiston

Even a few raindrops could not quell the excitement of the children arriving at the MAIER Family Partnership Outdoor Adventure Day on Saturday June 23rd.  Armed with their colorful sunglasses, event t-shirts, MAIER backpacks and snacks, families set out to explore the activities awaiting them at the YMCA Outdoor Learning and Education Center (OLEC) on […]

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MFP Outdoor Adventure Day June 23rd!

Join MAIER’s Family Partnership (MFP) for a day of fun as we partner with the Auburn/Lewiston YMCA for an Outdoor Adventure Day! YMCA and MAIER staff and volunteers will guide your kiddos in a sensory-friendly setting with outdoor activities such as archery, low ropes, obstacle course, bubble fun, and a nature scavenger hunt. There is […]

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