PARIS – A business that provides support services to individuals with developmental disabilities will be expanding.

Ronnie Lowell and Dawn Cummings opened Living Independence Network Corp. at 17 Gary St. in September. Landlord George Emerson is renovating an additional 950 square feet at that address, space that LINC will occupy beginning July 1.

Currently LINC employs 29 people, 16 of whom are full-time workers providing in-home and community-based, one-to-one support services to 24 children diagnosed with mental retardation or autism.

LINC strives to provide strength-based, family-focused services that support the child and family in achieving goals and maximizing potential.

Lowell of Buckfield and Cummings of Norway said they are pleased that the response to the business has been so positive.

Also at the Gary Street address is the Learning Studio, owned by Shirley Allen. The Learning Studio, also opened in the fall of 2002, provides an after-school enrichment program for inquisitive children.


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