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Over the past two decades, Maine has experienced rapid growth of racially, ethnically and linguistically diverse populations, as has the US generally. Although Maine’s population is largely White (95%), children in Maine are disproportionately from minority populations; currently 9% of children in Maine are from a race other than White. With funding support from a Focused Assistance to Support Training Project (FAST) grant, the NH-ME LEND Program partnered with New Mainers Public Health Initiative (NMPHI) to develop and deliver parent advocacy training modules for Somali parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). NMPHI is a public health and social service agency headquartered in Lewiston that serves New Mainers—recent immigrants to the secondary resettlement area and their families.

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University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies



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2019 Association of University Centers on Developmental Disabilities (AUCD)

Conference Location

Washington, DC


cultural diversity, special education


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Disability Studies | Special Education and Teaching

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Collaborating for Change: NH-ME LEND/New Mainers Public Health Initiative (NMPHI) – An Interagency Parent Advocacy and Information Project



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