2015 Empowerment Forum for People with Disabilities

3rd Annual Empowerment Forum for People with Disabilities

Will be held on 8/13 8:30-3:00 at T& B Celebration Center in Waterville. Speakers include the Commissioner of the United States Rehabilitation Services Administration, Janet LaBreck and the Honorable Governor Paul R. LePage.

The day will include a panel of individuals who have successfully navigated the sometimes difficult system of services and an opportunity for participants to provide input and feedback on those services. The event is free for people with disabilities and includes lunch. To learn more about the event or to register, please visit www.caresinc.org or call Jenn Ardito at 377-7055. Registration is required. Requests for accommodations must be made by 7/27/15. Requests made after that date cannot be guaranteed, however, every effort will be made to honor the request. 


The Empowerment Forum is hosted by the Five Council Collaborative, which is made of the following councils: the Statewide Independent Living Council, State Rehabilitation Council for Vocational Rehabilitation, the State Rehabilitation Council for the Division of the Blind & Visually Impaired, the Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened, and the State Workforce Investment Board’s Commission on Disability & Employment.

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Important Announcement about MaineCare Waiver Services!

Information being passed on from the Disability Rights Center in Maine:

Thousands of individuals with disabilities receive home and community support services through one of Maine’s Home & Community Based Services waivers.  Recently, the Federal Medicaid agency made new rules about how services are delivered to people with disabilities in the community.  These new rules require that DHHS create a plan that will make big changes to how services are provided in Maine.  This plan is called the transition plan and on Monday, December 15, 2014 you will be able to read the plan that could impact YOUR services. 

 Download your copy of the plan here: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oads/initiatives/HomeandCommunityBasedServicesRegulation2014.htm.

 YOU have a chance to tell DHHS thoughts about how community integration is important and also where it is or is not happening.  This plan may change the way you receive services and your feedback is important because Maine cannot write a good plan without your help!  DHHS has to submit this plan to the Federal Medicaid agency by March 17, 2015.  Time will soon run out, so don’t miss your opportunity to be heard!

 DHHS will also be holding a public forum to provide more information about the transition plan and answer any questions you may have.  This is a great opportunity to learn about changes that could affect YOU!  

When: Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Five video conferencing locations at University of Maine campuses:

§  University of Maine at Augusta

o   Katz Library, Rm 5 – 20 Jewett Dr, Augusta

§  University of Maine at Presque Isle

o   Pullen Hall, Rm 115 – 181 Main St, Presque Isle

§  University of Southern Maine

o   Wishcamper Center, Rm 133 – 88 Bedford St, Portland

§  University of Maine at Orono

o   126 Barrows Hall – intersection of Long and Flagstaff, Orono

§  University of Maine at Ft Kent

o   Cyr Hall, Grindle Conference Rm – 23 University Dr, Ft Kent

 If you need accommodations in order to participate in the forum, please contact Deb Caron at 207.287.4242 before December 17, 2014.


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