Launching & Expanding Youth Self-Advocacy

Are you a young person, aged 14-25, with an intellectual or developmental disability?? If so, the Youth Self-Advocacy Group could be the place for you! Designed for folks to find community, learn advocacy skills to increase independence, and work together to overcome challenges, our monthly meetings will serve as a ‘home base’ for connection and collaboration! Our first meeting will be March 6, 2024 from 4-5pm in the ECC’s boardroom. Email Project Director Kate Turpen at kturpen@drme.org if you have any questions or would like more information.


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Self-Advocacy is all about speaking up for yourself and making your own choices. You can meet other young people, share ideas, and speak up together. You can help make things better by fighting against unfairness and making changes. Come join us! We want to work with you!

Join Us!

  • Every Wednesday, 10:30am – Virtual Drop In Time
  • Last Wednesday of the month, 11am – Virtual Chapter Meeting
  • First Wednesday of the month, 4-5pm – In Person Chapter Meeting at Equality Community Center (15 Casco St, Portland)

This website was developed by Disability Rights Maine through the 2023/2024 “Innovation Pilots – RFP to Stimulate Independence Promoting Innovation” initiative. This project was funded through the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP)/American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under Section 9817 Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). All products of this initiative are freely available for public use.

 Resources

A Basic Guide to Self-Advocacy

This manual is intended to provide a simple yet informative overview of how to be a self-advocate. This manual is not a substitute for legal advice. If you have specific questions or need assistance with a particular issue, please contact Disability Rights Maine.

 Trainings & Upcoming Events