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UCP of Maine’s Bridges Program to participate in Autism Society of Maine’s Walk for Autism

Community Author: Andrew Lohman
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Andrew Lohman | BDN
Andrew Lohman | BDN

BANGOR — UCP of Maine’s early childhood education program, Bridges, will be participating in the Autism Society of Maine’s 16th annual Walk for Autism noon-2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the University of Maine in Bangor.

Andrea Richards, Director of Early Childhood Services for UCP of Maine, recently shared “The Bridges program has been participating in the walk for several years now. It gives us an opportunity outside of the workplace to show support for the families we serve and help raise money for the Autism Society of Maine. Over half of the students who attend our program have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, so we feel a real sense of community when we are involved in events supporting autism.” Anyone interested in joining Team Bridges for the walk or donating to the Autism Society of Maine through the team can do so at www.firstgiving.com/team/366057. All proceeds from this event will help fund the Autism Society of Maine’s programs that support families here in Maine.

The Bridges program is a center-based education program for toddlers and preschoolers who require individualized support for a variety of reasons, including behavioral, motor, sensory or social needs. The program also has access to a variety of consultants in areas including behavioral, speech and occupational therapy. The children in our program work on all of these needs while participating in age-appropriate activities both with peers and individually, including art, music & movement, outdoor play and circle time, snack and table activities. For any questions regarding Bridges, our early childhood education program, contact Andrea Richards at 941-2952 ext. 215 or at andrea.richards@ucpofmaine.org.

About UCP of Maine: UCP of Maine is a non-profit organization committed to advancing the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. We offer a wide variety of programs to fit whatever the client needs are, including; early childhood education, behavioral health, case management, rehabilitative and community support, in-home child and family treatment, and outpatient therapy. UCP also has four residential homes in Bangor and Brewer for adults diagnosed with developmental or intellectual disabilities. These homes offer comfortable, individualized, home-like environments to give residents the greatest level of independence possible while still maintaining their safety. In addition, we also operate the Elizabeth Levinson Center, a 24-hour, 14 bed, intermediate care facility for medically fragile children and adults with significant cognitive and medical needs.