Peer Support Group & Visual Gestural Communication

Peer Support Group (PSG) is a monthly gathering for adults with developmental/intellectual 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 in Bangor and Portland, with state-wide events offered periodically.

We are happy to announce the return of the signing and gesturing camp experience, to be held at the Pine Tree Camp in Rome, Maine, on September 20-22, 2016.

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

For more information about either of these programs, contact:

Michelle Ames, Coordinator, at

Sponsored by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.