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Income Resources

Maine Resources

Business Enterprise Program - MDOL Rehab - The Business Enterprise Program provides a unique opportunity for blind residents of Maine that are looking to start a self-employed business. This program gives blind individuals priority approval for operating “Vending Facilities” (such as vending machines or simple cafe-fare) on state, federal, and municipal lands. People are referred to this program through Vocational Rehabilitation, and must be active with Voc Rehab before qualifying.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation - Voc Rehab (also abbreviated VR) is a program that assists people with physical, emotional, and mental disabilities to get, and maintain, a job. Voc Rehab can also provide funding and/or assistance with obtaining a higher education and with starting your own small business.

Finance Authority of Maine - FAME’s mission is to “provide financial solutions that help Maine people achieve their business and higher educational goals.” They connect people with funding, resources, and support.

HOPE Program | Department of Health and Human Services - This resource isn’t specifically for people with disabilities, but it may be of value to you if you are a parent who is trying to obtain a higher level of education within the state of Maine. Additional resources are available for you if you fit this criteria.

Maine AgrAbility - Maine’s chapter of the AgrAbility Program. The Maine AgrAbility Project is “dedicated to helping farmers, fishermen, and forest workers work safely and more productively”. Maine AgrAbility also provides adaptive tools to help make agricultural workers jobs easier.

Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services - The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services is a state program which receives a majority of its funding from the federal government. The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services offers assistance to individuals with disabilities in three different categories: Blind & Visually Impaired; Vocational Rehabilitation; and Deaf, Hard of Hearing, & Late Deafened.

National Resources

SSA | Choose Work! - The Ticket to Work Program is funded by the Social Security Administration, and is open to people between the ages of 18-64 who would like to have a trial-work period. Participants in this program are required to make “timely progress” (per the SSA standards) toward their career employment goals, but the Social Security Administration offers many different options to make the transition back to work easier. Click the link to find out more information on the Ticket to Work program and the other employment incentives they offer.

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