Hope Association to host speaker from Disability Rights Center

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RUMFORD — Anybody who knows a parent, guardian, teacher or special person with an intellectual disability is invited to gather at Hope Association to discuss service options, issues, barriers and milestones reached by so many capable individuals and their families.

The state continues to cut services for many. Young adults between 14 and 21 need to have all services aligned to avoid falling through the cracks.

Join families, educators and other peers in the River Valley, Bethel, Peru, Jay/Livermore, Farmington, Wilton and all the towns in between in welcoming Katrina Ringrose of the Disability Rights Center and Office Of Advocacy on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Hope Association, 85 Lincoln Ave. Dates will be rescheduled if schools are cancelled. A meet and greet with light refreshments will take place at 2:30 p.m., followed by the presentation by Ringrose at 3.

The Disability Rights Center is Maine’s protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities. It is a nonprofit agency independent of state and federal government.

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DRC provides individuals with information about their rights and service systems, and represents individuals at meetings and hearings by providing legal services to individuals and groups. In addition, DRC works for systemic change and offers trainings on individual rights and developing advocacy skills. They also act as a referral service for individuals they are unable to directly assist.

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