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Services for Persons with Disabilities

The Maine CareerCenter system welcomes all customers and provides reasonable accommodations to ensure that its buildings, programs and services are accessible.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations to participate in any CareerCenter program or service should make a request directly to their local CareerCenter. Information on accessibility equipment in Maine's CareerCenters may be found below. Many CareerCenter services are considered to be self-directed, meaning that they can be completed without staff assistance. However, staff in the information center are always available to help answer your questions.

Welcome Video

A welcome video is available to provide information on how customers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing can access services at Maine CareerCenter locations.

Maine's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

Building on the successes of the Disability Program Navigator (DPN) see Promising Practices – Maine’s Disability Program Navigator Grant report, the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) was launched in October of 2010 with the goal of improving education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.  The funding for the grant is being used to increase access to these opportunities for people with disabilities through Maine’s CareerCenter network.  Under the DEI umbrella and in collaboration with other community organizations, Maine’s CareerCenters have initiated a statewide Ticket to Work program; a Flexible Employment Fund (FEF); and Regional Asset Summits.  In addition, the DEI team is working with Maine’s new Business Leadership Network (BLN) to assist with its start-up activities. 

Snapshot for Employers

Ticket to Work

Ticket to Work

Are you receiving SSI or SSDI benefits and interested in going to work? The Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services is now an approved Employment Network under the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program. Currently, all CareerCenters through out the State are accepting Tickets.

Ticket to Work brochure (2 pages - 2MB - PDF)

Visit Maine's Ticket to Work website or the National Ticket to Work program site for more resources.

Learn how your benefits will be impacted by going back to work

If you receive SSI/SSDI benefits and are thinking about going back to work, you might be concerned about how your earnings will affect your benefits. By attending these Work Incentive Workshops, you may be able to get some of your questions answered. These workshops are held in various locations around the state.

To find out more information on work incentives, contact your local Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC).

Flexible Employment Fund

The Flexible Employment Fund (FEF) provides one-time, short-term financial assistance to people with disabilities who are experiencing barriers to maintaining or obtaining competitive employment. The fund is operated by the Disability Employment Initiative project through Maine Local Workforce Investment Boards Regions 1 and 2. Financial support from the fund is available to individuals in the following counties:

  • Penobscot
  • Piscataquis
  • Hancock
  • Washington
  • Aroostook

Download the FEF brochure for detailed information on the fund.

Applications are currently being accepted.
Microsoft Word version
Adobe PDF version

Regional Asset Summits

Bangor Asset Summit Video

The Connector is a monthly publication of the Greater Bangor Disability Asset Network. The Greater Bangor Asset Summit, held in June 2011, brought together members of the asset development community and the disability community and started a dialogue on how the two can work together to build economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities. The Connector provides updates from the Asset Network workgroup's activities, notices of events in the community and feature articles about various asset building strategies and how to use them.

FREE Tax Prep Statewide

FREE tax preparation offered by IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers forthose who made less than $50,000 in 2011.  Call 2-1-1 to find a volunteer site near you or click on these link to learn more: 

FREE Tax Prep (pdf

Tax Refund Facts (pdf)

Support for Employers

The Maine CareerCenter system welcomes Maine businesses seeking to recruit workers for a diverse workforce, including workers who have disabilities. "Despite the current labor surplus, shortages are expected to occur in the future as the population grows slowly and older. To meet the challenges of long-term labor needs, Maine employers and policy makers will need to pursue innovative ways to grow the labor force. This offers an opportunity to engage populations underrepresented in the work force, including those with some form of disability." (Center for Workforce Research and Information 2009 publication The Maine Labor Market: Trends and Issues)

For assistance in attracting and retaining a diverse workforce – including workers with disabilities, contact the CareerCenter nearest you.

Hiring A Diverse Workforce brochure

Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) works to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people with disabilities.

Working with its partners in the Maine CareerCenter and the rehabilitation community, BRS works with persons with disabilities through its three primary service provision units:

View the orientation video for Rehabilitation Services

CareerCenter Accessibility Equipment List

All CareerCenters are equipped to serve those with disabilities. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request.

  • Video Magnifier (aka CCTV)
    Device for magnifying printed material
  • Sorenson Video Phone
    Allows ASL users to communicate with other ASL users or hearing persons
  • Jaws (a screen reader) 
    Program for speaking text displayed on the computer screen
  • ZoomText (a screen magnifier)
    Program for magnifying text displayed on the computer screen
  • Interpretype/ITY
    An interactive communication system that provides a means of communicating without using speech
  • Pocketalker Pro
    Device for amplifying speech for individuals communicating in a one-on-one situation
  • FM System
    Device for amplifying speech in a group setting
  • Infinity Table
    A motorized table that may be height adjusted
  • Turbo Trackball
    Computer mouse alternative
  • GoldTouch/Keyboard/Pad
    Alternative keyboard
  • SmartNAV AT  
    Hands free computer operation
  • TextHelp! Read & Write Gold
    Computer program to assist with writing and reading

The Maine Department of Labor provides Equal Opportunity in employment and programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.