Peer Support Group & Visual Gestural Communication

Peer Support Group (PSG) is a monthly gathering for adults with intellectual / developmental disabilities who use signs and gestures to communicate. PSG members may be D/deaf, Hard of Hearing, or non-verbal/hearing. Friends, caregivers, housemates, co-workers and families, all are welcome. The focus of these group sessions is to enhance communication skills through structured (fun!) activities. These gatherings increase clients' communication thereby improving access to health, safety and vocational services. Monthly group meetings are held in Portland, with statewide events offered periodically. Download the PSG Rack Card (PDF)

Visual Gestural Communication (VGC) is useful to many people who need an alternative technique for expressing and understanding the needs and wants of other people in their environment. VGC is not a language like English or American Sign Language. It is a communication mode that uses gestures, facial expressions, and body language. This class will teach you how to think visually and conceptually, and to use VGC to communicate with people who have limited formal language. Classes are held throughout the state. Registration is through Download the VGC Rack Card (PDF)

For more information about either of these programs, contact Michelle Ames at

Sponsored by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.