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Disability Rights Center

Disability Rights Maine (DRM) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is Maine’s designated Protection & Advocacy agency for people with disabilities. This means we represent people whose rights have been violated or who have been discriminated against based on their disability. We also provide training on rights and self-advocacy and we advocate for public policy reform. DRM believes that people with disabilities must:

  • Be treated with respect and be free from abuse;
  • Control the decisions that affect their lives;
  • Receive the services and supports necessary to live independently;
  • Have the opportunity to work and contribute to society;
  • Have equal access to the same opportunities afforded all other members of society; and
  • Fully participate in all aspects of society: education, work, and community.

What We Do

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE

DRM provides the following services:

  • Information and Referral
  • Individual Advocacy
  • Legal Representation
  • Education and Training
  • Assistance with Self-Advocacy

DRM welcomes calls from people with disabilities inquiring about their legal rights. However, DRM does not advise landlords, schools, businesses, or providers of accommodations or services.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

You may be eligible for DRM’s services if:

  • You have a disability and believe your civil rights have been violated or you have been discriminated against due to your disability;
  • You have a disability and need help obtaining assistive technology;
  • You receive SSI or SSDI and need help with employment-related issues;
  • You are seeking brain injury services;
  • You have questions about your right to vote and/or accessible voting; or
  • You are the parent of a child with a disability and your child has been denied access to inclusive educational services or otherwise had their educational rights violated.

WHAT CAN DRM HELP ME WITH?

Case selection criteria for each program is established on an annual basis. While this list is not inclusive, case selection includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Physical or sexual abuse;
  • Denial of medical, mental health, rehabilitative or habilitative treatment or evaluation;
  • Denial of basic rights or necessities;
  • Provision of an unsafe living environment;
  • Financial exploitation;
  • Improper use of seclusion, restraint, aversives or forced medication;
  • Denial of an integrated living setting or services;
  • Due process violations in involuntary admissions or in treatment or service planning;
  • Disability based discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations or government benefits;
  • For children with disabilities, denial of special education services and/or an inclusive education; and,
  • For children with disabilities, disability-related expulsion or suspension from school.

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