Maine

Learn more about what Maine is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

Continuity of Learning and Special Education During COVID-19

Summary: This document is a priority notice discussing how students with disabilities should continue to be taught now as we face special circumstances surrounding COVID-19. It specifies adjustments to IEP plans based on the COVID-19 pandemic, requirements for virtual IEP meetings, and requirements for communicating with parents of students with disabilities.

Operated by: Maine Department of Education 

Topic: IEP

COVID-19 Teacher Resources

Summary: The Maine Department of Education created a web page to host COVID-19 related resources for teachers across the state. The web page provides over 40 resources focused on online learning, accessibility, behavior and social skills, professional development opportunities, and more.

Operated by: Maine Department of Education

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, Transition

Office of Special Services COVID-19 Communication

Summary: This document is a priority notice with commonly asked questions regarding special services during distance learning including IEPs. It describes the circumstances under which IEP meetings should be conducted (either virtually or in-person), lists potential adjustments to IEP plans to best serve students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, discusses potential alternative or additional educational opportunities for students with disabilities,and lists resources to inform families of federal and state-level disability resources.

Operated by: Maine Department of Education 

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

GEAR Parent Network

Summary: GEAR is offering phone support, parenting suggestions, education regarding youth’s diagnosis, educational workshops, referrals, and resource information for parents of youth with disabilities. 

Operated by: Maine Department of Health and Human Services 

Topic: Mental Health

NAMI

Summary: This is a free educational program for parents and primary caregivers of kids with mental illness. This document also lists course options for families of students with mental illness, seeking to engage families in the mental health, trauma recovery or destigmatization process.

Operated by: Maine Department of Health and Human Services 

Topic: Mental Health

NAMI Maine’s Expanding Supportive Service for Special Needs Children

Summary: NAMI is offering 26 hours per month of in home support for families raising a child with mental illness or two or more developmental delays. This press-release discusses lowered pricing of these services, as well as the process by which families can apply for NAMI services.

Operated by: Maine Department of Health and Human Services 

Topic: Mental Health

Coping with Stress and Trauma

Summary: The Maine Department of Education has listed information for teachers and families attempting to help students cope with mental health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources include videos describing best practices for providing mental health support during COVID-19, including information on helping students cope with the loss of a loved one.

Operated by: Maine Department of Education

Topic: Mental Health

Continuity of Learning – Parent Resources

Summary: This web page has resources to help families assist with and engage in their child’s virtual learning experience. Some resources are specifically targeted at families of youth with disabilities. Resources include both educational materials for parents attempting to teach their student and for parents attempting to help their child adjust to COVID-related realities. A section also specifies best mental health practices for families during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Operated by: Maine Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, Mental Health

Special Services Virtual Meeting Archives

Summary: This series of webinars provides information on necessary practices to assist students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Six webinars specifically highlight new IEP-related policies, including new IEP virtual meeting requirements and potential considerations for IEP changes due to COVID-19. Additionally, one webinar highlights transition resources available to students with disabilities during COVID-19. Most webinars emphasize different aspects of providing special education services virtually in the least restrictive manner. 

Operated by: Maine Department of Education

Topic: IEP, Transition, Distance Learning