About Us

Independence Association provides people with intellectual disabilities support for independent living. We are a Maine nonprofit, serving in more than two dozen Midcoast Maine and Central Maine communities.

Our services include support management and care in 15 residences, day habilitation and in-home supports, case management, employment supports and class offerings, as well as the nationally-renowned Spindleworks arts program and gallery.

Independence Association currently serves the communities of Brunswick, Harpswell, Freeport, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Richmond, Gardiner and other cities and towns within a 30-mile radius. In addition to support for individuals with mental retardation, the agency increasingly assists individuals with other disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, and mental illness.

Independence Association continues to open doors, push boundaries and create new opportunities that encourage inclusivity, equal opportunity and the celebration of every individual’s ability. It is also the agency’s role to act as an advocate for individuals so that they can achieve recognition and acceptance in their respective community and in their life’s activities.


Independence Association was founded when five area families decided to part ways with the Bath-Brunswick Regional Association for Retarded Children (ARC); which is now Elmhurst, Inc.   On September 14th, 1966…


In the words of founder Charlie Payne, “do what is right for our children.” …. persons with disabilities - - when given opportunities for individual choice, appropriate supports and community involvement…

Who We Are

We are simply people who care about other people, embracing and celebrating all with developmental disabilities.

Contact Info

Click here for general contact info and email contact info for executive staff and board of directors.