Forwarded Action Alert – Maine Disability Alerts: Contact Maine’s members of Congress regarding inclusion of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and food support in the next federal stimulus package
Forwarded Action Alert – Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, Autism Society of Maine, and Maine Parent Federation Family Survey regarding services during the COVID-19 pandemic
Forwarded Action Alert – Maine Developmental Disabilities Council and Maine Parent Federation Family Survey regarding services during the COVID-19 pandemic:
The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council and Maine Parent Federation are working together with Maine families who have members with intellectual or developmental disabilities. We have put together this short survey about your current situation. Our goal is have more individual and family voices informing systemic advocacy. Your time and feedback is greatly appreciated. Click here for the survey.
Maine Parent Federation Invites You to Join Us for a Virtual Parent Support Group Meeting
Thursday, May 7, 2020
at 3:00 PM
We are encouraging parents of children with special needs to join us and share how MPF can continue to support you, get your questions answered by MPF staff, and receive support from other parents in similar situations such as yours.
Please register here:
If you have any questions, call Maine Parent Federation at 800-870-7746 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survey for Direct Support Professionals: Providing Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 23, 2020
Direct Support Professionals, like the people with disabilities they support, face a high risk of infection during the coronavirus pandemic. They also face financial hardship, exhaustion, and challenges in supporting their families.
This survey, to be completed by direct support professionals, is being conducted by the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) in partnership with the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. We would like to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on direct support professionals and identify the most effective ways to protect DSPs and the people they support. The results of this survey will be shared widely with policymakers, services providers, direct support professionals, families, and stakeholders.
Please forward this survey to the direct support professionals within your organizations or networks. Their answers will be anonymous.
The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals is a national non-profit whose mission is to elevate the status of direct support professionals by improving practice standards; promoting system reform; and advancing their knowledge, skills, and values. Our vision is a world with a highly qualified and professional direct support workforce that partners with, supports, and empowers people with disabilities to lead a life of their choosing.
The Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota is a designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, part of a national network of similar programs in major universities and teaching hospitals across the country. ICI’s collaborative research, training, and information-sharing ensure that people with disabilities are valued by, included in, and contribute to their communities of choice throughout their lifetime.
The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, the Autism Society of Maine, and Maine Parent Federation are working together with Maine families who have members with intellectual or developmental disabilities. We have put together this short survey about your current situation during the Covid19 crisis. Our goal is have more individual and family voices informing systemic advocacy. Your time and feedback is greatly appreciated. Here is the survey link: https://forms.gle/d2dJUHuRnCcjy4ui9
Maine Parent Federation is now offering our trainings Online - Register now for April Online Workshops!
Transition to Kindergarten - Learn more about transitioning your Pre-schooler to Kindergarten.
Wednesday, April 8th - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Register here - https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eu79Hi9KSrCaIWjKfGwewQ
Positive Behavior Supports & Interventions at Home During COVID 19 - Learn behavior strategies you can use while home schooling during COVID 19.
Thursday, April 9th - 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Register here - https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_50vaHwy5RRGzBSq-fikgHA
Transition to Adulthood - Learn information and resources to help your transition age child navigate transitioning to adulthood. Wednesday, April 15th - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Register here -https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FO0xaYmhSBmPSUuZZ_QZQg
If you have questions or need more information, please call our office at 800-870-7746 or E-mail email@example.com.
PO Box 2067, Augusta, Maine 04338-2067 ~ Tel: (207) 588-1933, (800) 870-7746 (Statewide)
Fax: (207) 588-1933 ~ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ Web: www.mpf.org
Let’s Go! is an obesity prevention initiative working with communities to create environments that support healthy choices. Bringing evidence-based strategies for healthy living into schools, early care and education, out-of-school programs, health care practices, and workplaces, Let’s Go! reaches children and adults where they live, learn, work, and play.
One of the guiding principles of Let’s Go! is the belief that all individuals deserve equal opportunities to lead healthy lives. To put that belief into practice Let’s Go! develops tools, strategies, and trainings to help educators, health care providers and community service providers to promote healthy habits for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).
Below are links to videos to help agency professionals and the individuals they support to eat well, be active and reduce their level of stress. While some videos are geared towards school-age children they can be enjoyed by people of any age or ability. Please contact Diane Boas at email@example.com if you have any questions.
The American Heart Association: https://recipes.heart.org/
Accessible Chef: https://accessiblechef.com/recipes/
Hip Hop Dance
Hip Hop Public Health: https://hhph.org/h-y-p-e-at-home/
Seated or Standing Hip Hop
American Heart Association: https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/getting-active/how-to-move-more-anytime-anywhere
Special Olympics: https://www.specialolympics.org/school-of-strength/fitness-movies/video-1-welcome-and-warm-up
Online Physical Education: https://openphysed.org/activeschools/activehome
https://www.healthiergeneration.org/app/resources/169 (stand 6 feet apart)
Standing or Seated Fitness
https://www.downdogapp.com/healthcare (register to access free resource.)
Activity Planning/Tracking Tools:
Check out this calendar from health. moves. minds. for daily ideas to help your mind-body connection.
A message from the folks at 2020 Census:
We are all experiencing these unprecedented times with the spread of COVID19. Things are changing rapidly every day and we are coping with uncertain circumstances. Census as you probably know has stopped field operations until April 1st. We have halted the hiring process at this time, but are still taking applications online. 2020census.gov/jobs or 1-855-562-2020.
CENSUS OPERATIONAL SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS
Our revised schedule can be found by clicking here.
April 1st 2020 is still Census Day.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Right now the most important thing we can do is reach out through social media: to partners, employees, friends, constituents to motivate them to self-respond at 2020 Census -- online or by phone
Materials we are providing:
2020 CENSUS VIRTUAL MEDIA TOOLKIT:
This digital toolkit (click here) can help you reach residents, constituents, family and friends by providing tools to assist with social media and texting efforts., which includes sample messages and blurbs, links, challenges, being provided mostly in English. Our staff worked hard to prepare the toolkit with limited resources and technology during this difficult time. We can certainly use your help in translating the material into the language spoken by your community
GET OUT THE COUNT VIDEO CHALLENGE (GOTC)
Here is an exciting new opportunity for those who enjoy a creative challenge: The Get Out The Count (GOTC) Video Challenge is live and a lucky, but talented, winner will pocket a grand prize of up to $30,000!
GET NEWS AND INFORMATION
FIND updated news and information regarding the 2020 Census at this LINK
TRACK RESPONSE RATES
This is a fun site to watch. You can click and see daily self -response rates for our state, towns, cities, or Census tract. 2020 Census Response Rate Map.
It contains a treasure trove of tools and filters to retrieve and download data.
I have also added a list of the phone numbers in English and other languages.
Maine citizens who are registered to vote may use the online free service to request an absentee ballot for the June 9, 2020 State Primary Election. Ballots must be received no later than 8:00 pm on Election Day.
For information on how to request an absentee ballot in Maine CLICK HERE!