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Holiday greetings from the Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research,

As the year winds down and we look forward to 2020, we bring you this issue of Pathways to share news about our recent activities and our plans for the coming year. It is our goal to support individuals on the autism spectrum through our work with educators, professionals, researchers, families, and communities, which brings us to many places across the state of Maine, but also provides us with the opportunity to share our work with professionals around the country. 

Check out our Fall 2019 issue of Pathways to learn more about our work and plans for 2020, including: 

  • Summer 2019 UMaine “Step Up” program for High School students on the autism spectrum considering higher education
  • New partnership with Kidspeace to offer social skills training for children and teens
  • Update on the Early Start Maine program
  • PEERS research at UMaine
  • MAIER Family Partnership news and activities 
  • Summary of our MFP survey
  • Updates and additions to our family resources
  • Upcoming events especially for families impacted by ASD

You can help us by sharing this newsletter with others that may have an interest in MAIER’s work or offerings. We wish you all a peaceful holiday season. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can be of assistance. Contact us by email or phone (207-581-2352)

Best regards,

Deborah L. Rooks-Ellis, Ph.D., Director, Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research
Donna Doherty, MAIER Family Partnership Director         

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 Jan Breton, 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. 
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