SOUTH PORTLAND – Alpha One will host a six-week educational series on independent living through Auburn Adult Education. Topics will include:

“Funding Adaptive Equipment and Assistive Technology”: understanding insurance coverage and other options such as grants and loans.

“Making Your Home Accessible”: surveying needs, product and funding information for home owners and renters.

“Helping Farmers and Farm Workers Affected by Disability”: thinking and working out-of-the-box on how to stay in farming. A look at adaptive farm equipment, farm diversification, grants and loans and programs that support working as a farmer with a disability.

“Community Accessibility”: what does the American’s with Disabilities Act say and how to promote access in a community.

“Transportation”: accessible, personal and public options, driving with a disability.

“Meeting Personal Care Needs”: a look at adaptive equipment, home access and programs that provide personal care services.

The classes have been developed to assist consumers, their families and service providers to learn about resources, products and services available to people with disabilities and help meet needs for living independently in the community.

Disability is a natural part of the human experience. People can become disabled at any point in their lives. Disability touches every life.

Classes will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning March 13, at Edward Little High School. Sign up individually for classes at $5, or $30 for the series. To preregister, contact Auburn Adult Education at 784-9220.

Alpha One provides the community with access to information, services and products that create opportunities for people with disabilities to live independently. Online, provides a Web portal with daily Maine and national disability news. Alpha One also publishes “One in Five,” a regional newspaper serving the needs of the disability community.

For more information on classes, contact Alpha One at 800-640-7200 (v/tty), ext. 251, or [email protected]

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