MAIER recognized by American Council for Rural Special Education

The Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) at the University of Maine has received a 2018 Exemplary Program Award in the Infant and Early Childhood Intervention category from the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES).

The award recognizes MAIER’s Early Start Maine program. Early Start Maine supports young children with autism, ages 12–36 months, and their families. MAIER works statewide with Maine Child Development Services and partner agencies to provide naturalistic developmental behavior intervention to families.

ACRES is the only organization devoted entirely to special education issues that affect rural America. The membership is representative of special educators, general educators, service providers, administrators, trainers, researchers and parents interested in enhancing services to children and adults with exceptionalities who live in rural communities. The ACRES headquarters is based at the University of West Virginia.