50 Years!

50 years of Celebrating Ability

Independence Association is proud of supporting individuals and their families with disabilities in living full, inclusive and independent lives since 1966! Join in our celebration, click read more.

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Run 4 Independence

Recent Event

The “Run for Independence” was created by the Independence Association to afford people of all abilities an opportunity to participate as equals in a professional level athletic event.

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Living Independence


IA supports adults to reside in their own homes or apartments so that they may live independently.

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Sharing Independence


IA consumer share their abilities with the community as volunteers and employees.

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Celebrating Ability Since 1966

Independence Association was founded by area families in 1966 to assist adults and children with disabilities in obtaining full and inclusive lives in their chosen community. Today, IA works to open new doors, push boundaries and create opportunities that encourage inclusivity and equal opportunity while celebrating every individual’s ability.

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Community Connect Midcoast Area Group

Monday, January 9, 2017 @ NOON
Tuesday, January 17 from 4:30 – 6:00


Happy New Year! We’re hoping to start 2017 out right by doubling the opportunities in January for families (and others) to share their concerns and participate in advocacy efforts on behalf of people with developmental disabilities in Maine in general, and the midcoast in particular.
• First, Independence Association in Brunswick (87 Baribeau Drive) will again be a remote site for the monthly Maine Coalition for Housing and Quality Services meeting January 9 for those who can’t make it to Portland on Monday at noon.

• Second, we‘ve decided NOT to combine January’s Midcoast Community Connect meeting with the Maine Coalition meeting this month, in order to give us a chance to regroup as a local midcoast organization and discuss how we’d like to proceed in the coming months.
On Tuesday, January 17 we will again meet at Independence Association in Brunswick to discuss how Community Connect could work better for you and your family. Are meeting times an issue for your schedule? Are there specific challenges you’d like to discuss? What do you need to learn more about: SSI? MaineCare? Transition from school-based to adult services? Supported employment? Residential services? Other issues?

The Community Connect Midcoast Area group wants to continue to provide an opportunity for family, individuals, and community members who are involved with supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or autism to meet and discuss what matters most to them. We want to hear from you about the challenges people with developmental disabilities are facing in our area, and want to inform you about ongoing efforts to support individuals and families, too.

Go to the Maine Coalition for Housing and Quality Services website  for the meeting minutes for December 12, along with January 9th’s meeting agenda, and other valuable information listed by topic.

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