The Autism Center at OCALI : Serves as a clearinghouse for information on research, resources, and trends to address the autism challenge. The center offers training, technical assistance, and consultation to build professional and program capacity to foster individual learning and growth.

Autism 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. 
[ASD Fact Sheet PDF]    [ASD Fact Sheet: MS Word]

Autism Fact Sheet / Translations 
View and download this basic fact sheet about autism based on CDC facts and information, and available in 15 languages. Developed and made available by the University of Southern California, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities for families and providers.

Autism Safety Education and Training: ASET provides resources for families including downloadable forms and handouts about fire safety, wandering, teaching children about first responders and 911 registration forms. Autism training programs for first responders include police, fire/rescue/EMS, 911 dispatchers, as well as school systems and other interested groups. For safety tips you can use right now, see the “Autism Safety” section of this booklet. Phone: 207.415.1392; Email:

Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: This research and development project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and focuses on developing, adapting, and studying a comprehensive school and community-based education program for high school students on the autism spectrum. Research and resources suitable for families, professionals, and educators to support students through their high school years and the transition to adulthood.

The Indiana Resource Center for Autism : Conducts training, consultations, engages in research and disseminates information to build local community capacity to support children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Kennebec Valley Community College: Kennebec Valley Community College offers undergraduate courses related to educating/working with children with ASD and an associate degree for applied science in autism studies. Phone: 207.453.5822

Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER): MAIER is a partnership between UMaine’s College of Education and Human Development and the Maine Department of Education. MAIER offers education and training about evidence-based practices for professionals working with children and families with autism spectrum disorders, including undergraduate and graduate courses. The institute offers services, resources and information, support and guidance, and tools to contribute to awareness regarding their children with ASD for families. Contact MAIER to be placed on their mailing list for e-newsletters, event announcements and other items of interest to Maine families affected by ASD.
Phone: 207.581.2352; Email:

National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder: The NPDC works to develop free professional resources for teachers, therapists, and technical assistance providers who work with individuals with ASD. Resources include detailed information on how to plan, implement, and monitor specific evidence-based practices.

Supporting College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders on campus: Teens and adults with autism are increasingly present on college campuses nationwide. To support the success of potential and current students with ASD on Maine campuses, we have gathered a list of resources for families, faculty, staff, and peers. It is our hope to encourage greater understanding of the condition and how it may impact individuals, in support of greater understanding, acceptance, and inclusion in our campus community.

Transition to Adulthood Resources

UMaine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies : Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). CCIDS brings together the resources of the university and Maine communities to enhance the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Our statewide mission is met through interdisciplinary education, research and evaluation, community engagement, and dissemination of state-of-the-art information that reflect the guiding principles of inclusion, diversity, universal design and access, and social justice.

Maine Department of Education logoThe 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.