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“The Nation’s proper goals regarding
individuals with disabilities are to
assure equality of opportunity, full
participation, independent living,
and economic self-sufficiency.”

  Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

We're hiring!  DRC is seeking qualified applicants for the
position of Civil Rights Attorney in Lewiston.

On Monday, March 9th, 2015,
come learn more about
programs and services that allow individuals who are deaf, hard
of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking to communicate
over the phone.
  • Time: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Masonic Lodge, 102 Bishop St, Portland, ME 04103
  • Presenters: Sarah-Jane Wing, Maine Center on Deafness; Lisa Furr, Hamilton Relay; Kim Moody, Disability Rights Center; and Bill Nye, Maine Relay Service Advisory Council
  • RSVP: By March 5th to Elaine Williams, Maine Center on Deafness.
  • Download Event Flyer - PDF

The 2014 Developmental Services Advocacy report is now available! 

DSA Advocates provide direct representation, respond to reported rights violations, attend all 3-person committee meetings reviewing the use of severely intrusive behavior and safety plans, attend Person Centered Planning meetings, and conduct regular outreach and training statewide. 
Read the report (PDF)     (Word)


Attention:
families with children who are blind or visually impaired, teachers, rehabilitation specialists and students in  grade six and above.  Take part in the Transition Expo: Life After High School - Saturday, March 28, 2015.

View Event Flyer (PDF)     (Word)

If you or a loved one
receive services under one of Maine's Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers, please read the important announcement below.  You may be seeing changes to how waiver services are provided, and this is your chance to have a voice and share your thoughts on proposed changes that may directly impact YOU!

Notice of Proposed Amended and Restated Class Action Settlement and Hearing To Be Held On May 7, 2015. 
Information for all members of the nationwide class certified by this Court to include blind patrons of automated teller machines (“ATMs”) owned or operated by either Cardtronics, Inc. or Cardtronics USA, Inc. 
Click here for more information about the Class Action Suit and Proposed Settlement.

If you are a voter with a disability or know voters with disabilities, please take a moment to complete SABE's (Self Advocates Becoming Empowered)
Project VOTE Voter Experience Election Day Survey

A heartfelt thank-you to everyone who came out and supported DRC at our 14th Annual
Dinner. 
The turnout was fantastic and we had a wonderful evening honoring this year's award recipients and listening to the inspirational words of our keynote speaker, Sally Conway
, Civil Rights Division, Department of JusticeThe following individuals / businesses were also honored for
their advocacy work on behalf of people with disabilities.

  • Eric Reeves, Jacob Van Meter, Adam Fletcher, Helen M. Bailey Advocacy Award
  • Senate President, Justin L. Alfond, Equal Access for All Award
  • Bates College, Business Award
Thank you to the sponsors of DRC's 2014 Annual Membership Dinner

Click here to hear Kim Moody on WMPG's "Nonprofit Insider" program.  Kim visited the station to talk about DRC's services and how we may be able to help you!

Now Available
!
Read DRC's October Newsletter (PDF)

We've recently updated our voting guide, How to Vote and Your Rights in the Voting Process. 
Click here to download and read today (PDF)!

DRC has a new brochures!  Download our agency and PABSS brochures today!

Visit our Resource Guides page & download your copy of DRC's new Basic Guide to Self-Advocacy.

Read DRC's 2013 Annual Report

Maine Becomes an Employment First state.  To learn more about Employment First and the coalition behind this effort, visit http://www.employmentfirstmaine.org.

DRC works closely with Speaking Up For Us (SUFU), Maine's statewide self-advocacy agency for individuals with intellectual disabilities.  Click here to read more about SUFU's activities across Maine.

Who We Are

The Disability Rights Center (DRC) is Maine's protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities.  It is a non-profit agency independent of state and federal government.


What We Do

DRC provides individuals with information about their rights and service systems, and represents individuals at meetings and hearings by providing legal services to individuals and groups.  In addition, DRC works for systemic change and offers trainings on individual rights and developing advocacy skills.  We also act as a referral service for individuals we are unable to directly assist.

Complete DRC's Client Satisfaction Survey

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