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The Department of Education is responsible for providing free appropriate public education to children.  The DOE is also responsible for implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The IDEA is a federal law that requires states to provide free public education to children with disabilities in the least restrictive setting. 

The educational system is divided into School Administrative Units (SAUs), governed by school boards or committees that are elected by participating communities. 

The people served are:

  • children with special needs (age 0 to 5 years old) requiring early intervention
  • children with special needs (age 6 to 20 years old) requiring special education services

The Department of Education's programs and services include:

Early Intervention Services for Children 0 to 5 years

Early intervention services are provided to children age 0-2 on the basis of a small sliding fee scale.  Services are provided to children age 3-5 at no cost.  Early Intervention services include:

  • assistive technology evaluation and devices
  • audiology
  • developmental therapy/special instruction
  • family counseling
  • family training
  • health services (limited to catheterization, tube feeding, health status assessment, preventive nursing services, administration of medications, treatments, etc.)
  • medical services (for diagnostic or evaluative purposes to determine medically-related disability)
  • nutrition services
  • occupational therapy
  • parent counseling and training
  • physical therapy
  • psychological services
  • service coordination
  • social work services
  • speech therapy
  • transportation
  • vision services

To access these services contact the Child Development Service office in your county.

Special Education Services for Children 5 to 20 years

School Administration Units (SAUs) must provide a continuum of special education services to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The SAU provides supportive services to assist a student with a disability to benefit from the special education services. Supportive services include but are not limited to:

  • assistive technology devices and services including special education equipment (equipment required for participation in program, including wheel chairs, communication aids, computers, ramps, etc.)
  • audiology
  • counseling
  • hearing aids
  • interpreter/translation services
  • occupational therapy
  • orientation and mobility services
  • parent counseling and training
  • physical therapy
  • psychological services
  • recreation services
  • rehabilitation services
  • school health services
  • social work services
  • transportation

To access these services contact your school district or the Department of Education.

DOE Contact Information

Mailing address:
Burton Cross Building
23 State House Station, 5th Floor
Augusta, ME  04333
Website:  http://www.maine.gov/education/
Phone:  (207) 624-6600

Contact Information for CDS Centers

CDS/Androscoggin
377 Main Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
Voice: (207) 795-4022
Fax: (207) 795-4082

CDS/Aroostook County
122 Academy Street
Presque Isle, ME 04769
Voice: (207) 764-4490
Fax: (207) 769-2275

CDS/Brunswick
35 A Gurnet Road
Brunswick, ME 04011
Voice: (207) 725-6365
Fax: (207) 725-4211

CDS/Cumberland
50 Depot Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
Voice: (207) 781-8881
Fax: (207) 781-8855

CDS/Franklin County
144 High Street, Suite #2
Farmington, ME 04938
Voice: (207) 778-6262
Fax: (207) 778-5548

CDS/Hancock County
190 Bangor Road
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Email: cdshc@gwi.net
Voice: (207) 667-7108
Fax: (207) 664-0461

CDS/Knox County
111 Tillson Avenue
Rockland, ME 04841-3416
Voice: (207) 594-5933
Fax: (207) 594-1925

CDS/Lincoln County
P.O. Box 1114
Damariscotta, ME 04543
Email: dholt@midcoast.com
Voice: (207) 563-1411
Fax: (207) 563-6312

CDS/Opportunities
P.O. Box 272
Norway, ME 04268
Email: cdsnopp@megalink.net
Voice: (207) 743-9701
Fax: (207) 743-7063

CDS/Penobscot County
Intown Plaza
376 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Voice: (207) 947-8493
Fax: (207) 990-4819

CDS/Piscataquis
P.O. Box 326
Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
Email: cdsguide@gwi.net
Voice: (207) 564-3115
Fax: (207) 564-0019

CDS/Project PEDS
163 Silver Street
Waterville, ME 04901
Voice: (207) 877-2498
Fax: (207) 877-7459

CDS/South Kennebec County
263 Water Street, Suite 500
Augusta, ME 04330
Voice: (207) 623-4989
Fax: (207) 622-9798

CDS/York County
39 Limerick Road
Arundel, ME 04046
Voice: (207) 985-7861
Fax: (207) 985-6703

CDS/Waldo County
139 Northport Avenue
Belfast, ME 04915
Voice: (207) 338-1177
Fax: (207) 338-9978

CDS/Washington County
P.O. Box 718
9 Cooper Street
Machias, ME 04654
Voice: (207) 255-4892
Fax: (207) 255-6457

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