Transition to Adulthood
Autism Society of Maine (ASM): The Autism Society of Maine provides education and resources to support the valued lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, including online resources and a borrowing library of books on transitioning to adult life, support and social group listings, and information specialists. ASM is a local chapter of the Autism Society.
Phone: 800.273.5200 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Employment for ME: Employment for ME provides helpful information and resources about employment and initiatives in Maine for youth and adults with disabilities. It includes information for youths in transition (e.g., accommodations, rights, money management). The website is a collaboration between MDHHS, Department of Labor, and the Muskie School of Public Service.
Phone: Office of Aging and Disability Services, 207.822.0328
Phone: Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, 207.623.7963
High School and Beyond: A Guide to Transition Services in Maine: This comprehensive guide, funded by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), was developed in 2016 by a team at the USM Muskie School of Public Service in partnership with community stakeholders. Offers in-depth guidance to support Maine youth and families with transition planning and processing, in an effort to promote successful transition to adulthood for all Maine youths, including those on the autism spectrum.
Maine Coalition for Housing and Quality Services: Maine Coalition for Housing and Quality Services is a parent-initiated coalition dedicated to creating a system of quality housing and personal supports for adults with special needs. Parents and advocates working together to implement a lifelong continuum of care for people with developmental disabilities.
Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/Office of Aging and Disability: The Office of Aging and Disability is the gateway to DHHS programs and services for persons with disabilities.
Links to State of Maine webpages related to transition:
Office of Maine Care Services
Maine Department of Labor/Vocational Rehabilitation
Maine Parent Federation (MPF): MPF is a community for families of children with disabilities. Information and assistance on a broad range of topics including the transition to adult living is provided. MPF assists with referrals, one-on-one telephone support, parent-to-parent connections, and training. An online resource database is available. MPF will match families with a Family Support Navigator, who is an experienced parent from the area, and can offer support for meetings, help in understanding state laws, assistance accessing services, and identifying resources.
Phone: 800.870.7746; Email: email@example.com