Programs - Autism Information Specialist Program
Information Specialists provide resource information to parents, guardians, schools, the work place, and the community to support
individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We work one on one to assist families, guardians and Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
as they navigate child or adult services. We attend and participate in educational, transitional, and vocational planning meetings.
We provide presentations and workshops regarding various topics to agencies and community organizations around the state. Read
quotes below from folks who have received services from our AIS Program:
"We had another wonderful learning session. She is a terrific presenter!" (School Administrator)
"A wonderful way of generating ideas that are relevant to the specific person she is speaking of/ for. Very personable, creative
and an excellent resource." (Agency Director)
"Provided advice and information while I was trying to figure out how to help my son with some challenging behaviors. Very supportive and helpful." (Parent)
"Thanks to everyone who make these services possible. You provided guidance and reassurance that made it possible for me to do what
was necessary to advocate for my child throughout the IEP process." (Parent)
If you feel you would benefit from meeting with an Autism Information Specialist, or would like to learn more about becoming an Autism
Information Specialist call the Autism Society of Maine at 1-800-273-5200.
Would you like to become an Information Specialist?
Once or twice a year we hold a 2 day training. Once you have completed the training, you officially join
our TEAM of Information Specialists. Pay is based on a "per diem" status and mileage to and from assignments is reimbursed. If you are interested, please call ASM: 1-800-273-5200.
You can download the application that is in (Adobe Acrobat) writeable format to your computer file, fill out, and email to: email@example.com or mail to: Autism Society of Maine, 72 B Main St., Winthrop, ME 04364.
ASM is proud of its commitment to provide educational information to parents, guardians, individuals with ASD and various agencies, professionals
and service providers. Our presentations are specifically designed to respond to the needs of those who request them. The following are some of our
most popular presentations and can be delivered to most locations within the state.
Kits for Kids
Educators, would you like to have a presentation for your students around differences? Teaching kids about Autism will help them better understand their classmates who might appear odd, or different. The Autism Society of Maine is offering to send an Autism Information Specialist to your school and present to your class, second grade through eighth grade.
There will be a short video, activities for the students and time for discussion. ASM will provide all the materials: How We Fit Together Activity with a box of crayons for each student, interactive activities, What’s Up with Nick book, Activity Booklet for students, Certificate of Friendship and fidget toys.
Presentation time: 30 minuters to 45 minutes
Autism Society of Maine
This presentation introduces the Autism Society of Maine to its participants. You will learn the Grass Roots history, and the many resource,
programs, and fundraising events the Autism Society Offers throughout the state.
Presentation time: 1 hour
Autism and Strategies
This presentation will provide participants a basic understanding of Autism along with various strategies one can employ to support behavioral,
social, communication, sensory and educational deficits. This presentation also includes a segment on safety.
Presentation Time: 2 hours
Navigating the Transition from School to Adult Life
Participants will learn about the transition from school to adult life as it relates to individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Topics to be addressed
include: eligibility requirements, assessments and timeframes for accessing services in the areas of post-secondary education, employment,
independent living, and guardianship.
Presentation time: 2 hours
Law Enforcement and First Responder Officials and Autism
Federal Law Enforcement Officer Matt Brown, who is also an Autism Information Specialist with ASM, has developed a training program approved by
the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for police, fire and EMS on how to recognize Autism and how to appropriately interact with individuals with ASD.
Also visit our Autism and Law Enforcement section for information, tips and tools for dealing with individuals on the Autism spectrum.
Presentation Time: 2 hours