Resource Center

Welcome to our resource center. We have gathered resources specific to Maine families and professionals, as well as some important National and Federal agencies and organizations that can provide assistance. In addition, we offer electronic copies of our Maine Parent Guides to Autism Spectrum Disorders, a publication produced by MAIER especially for Maine families. Newly reviewed, revised and updated in 2018, we have added new content specifically for adults on the spectrum. If you are a family impacted by autism spectrum disorders, and would like a print copy of the Parent Guide, be sure to let us know and we will send one to you at no cost to you.

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Booklet 1: What to do when you suspect an Autism Spectrum Disorder         
Booklet 2: Accessing educational services, social services, and interventions
Booklet 3:   Living with Autism: High School and Adult Life on the Spectrum
Booklet 4:  Resource Guide for Maine Families

Here is what one family has told us about their experience with the guide: “I just wanted to thank you for giving our family the Maine Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders. We have several family members on the spectrum, so I gave the booklets to my Mom. She just told me how helpful and enlightening they were for her, and that she felt much more hopeful after reading them.”

To learn more about the Maine Parent Guide, click here.

Cover of Road Map to Services Brochure“Road Map to Services” brochure available from MAIER

This comprehensive brochure provides guidance to families who are questioning if their child is showing signs of ASD and provides a roadmap to assessments and services in Maine. Download a copy for free or contact MAIER by phone (207-581-2352) or email to order a print copy or to order copies for your office or organization. Read more about this brochure.

photo of ASD Fact sheet - text and photos of children playingAutism Spectrum Disorders Fact Sheet

Developed by MAIER staff, this one-page fact sheet is suitable for the general public or anyone who may want to gain a better understanding of persons on the autism spectrum and promote acceptance and inclusion.  This fact sheet can be shared with those in your community members and family or  distributed during community autism events. Help us spread the word in our communities by downloading and sharing this new fact sheet! [Fact Sheet PDF[Fact Sheet: MS Word]

Autism Basics

The following videos provide a brief overview of the characteristics of autism spectrum Disorders and its potential impact on young children and school-aged children.

Title page: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? with Deborah Rooks EllisTitle page: ASD and Young ChildrenTitle Page: ASD and School age Children

 
 
 
 
Logo for US Office of Special Education ProgramsThe 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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