Making a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities for over 50 years.

Southern Maine Parent Awareness

Southern Maine Parent Awareness, a program of Waban, helps families find and make use of opportunities to enhance the quality of life for their children and young adults with disabilities.

For parents: Get the guide to special education

Being a parent of a child with a disability sometimes seems overwhelming when trying to sort out a jumble of emotions, as well as understand what services and options are available.  this can leave you confused, exhausted, and feeling very much alone ~ but you are not.  In Maine parents of children with special needs have many organizations and state agencies ready to offer information, advice, and support. As a parent, you also will belong to a team charged with assessing your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and developing plans for their education.

It still won’t necessarily be easy.  Being a parent is always demanding – and rewarding.  Being a parent of a child with disabilities is especially demanding and at times, especially rewarding.  Southern Maine Parent Awareness is here to empower, educate, and support you.

For parents: Resources for families

Southern Maine Parent Awareness provides information, referral support and education to families who have children and youth with special needs throughout Maine.



Maine Alliance of Family Organizations

Maine Alliance of Family Organizations (MAFO) is a statewide alliance that formed to better serve families of children with disabilities and special health care needs, and to strengthen family voice.

Visit MAFO’s website

G.E.A.R. Family Network

Through parent-to-parent sharing of experiences and knowledge, G.E.A.R. Parent Network empowers parents of children with behavioral health needs to build on their family’s strengths and to advocate for their family’s needs.

Visit G.E.A.R.’s website

This is not an endorsement by Southern Maine Parent Awareness of any of the organizations in the documents shared above, but is meant to be a partial list of resources available to families of children with special needs.

For more information, resources, and help in enriching the life of your child or young adult with special needs, contact us.

Office: 5 Dunaway Drive, Sanford, Maine 04073 (get directions)
Phone: (207) 324-7955
Send a message via our contact page.

Waban played a key role in turning my son’s life around.

“When our Jackson first started at Waban he made minimal to no eye contact, he would not respond to his name, wouldn’t dream of wearing a backpack, and was making no attempt at mimicking words. Jackson now enjoys spelling his name with blocks and playing with numbers. He will try very hard to mimic sounds and has started to make his needs known with a special communication device. To say we will miss Waban is an understatement, but the skills we are taking away from our time here will never be measured. You increased my son’s quality of life in just a few years and for a mother there is no greater gift you could give me than that.”

– Christa Stetson Silva

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