Welcome! Ability Maine is a space for gathering and sharing information about living with disabilities. Our mission is to empower others by providing a useful and up-to-date collection of resources and services. All of our content is generated and/or curated by individuals within Maine’s disability communities.

Breath & Shadow is our quarterly literary journal, one of just a few in the world exclusively written and edited by people living with disabilities!

September 13, 2018

Several Hundred people braved very sunny skies and high temperatures to attend the annual “Disability Pride Day” at Capitol Park in Augusta on the afternoon of Friday, July 20th. The event was sponsored by Disability Rights Maine, a protection and advocacy center for i...

August 14, 2018

Content Warning: Suicidality, Self-Harm

“Everyone’s a little bit bipolar!”

As a person with Bipolar II, this remark irks me immensely. The way Bipolar Disorder is represented in the media grossly misinforms the general public. Either blown vastly out of proportion or re...

July 18, 2018

Check out all four remastered issues of Volume 13! 

Winter features:

-"Lessons from the Gimp Ghetto" by Heidi Johnson-Wright
-"After the ER Waiting Out a Storm in a Trailer" by Kitty Eppard

-"Seeking the Seal" by Katy Wimhurst
-"The Special Ed Teacher Collects Dead Mice...

July 16, 2018

Issue 3 of Volume 15 is now available to read here!

This issue features:

-"Serpent Mists" by Jim Pennington

-"Discovering the Dragon" by AJ Cunder

-"Little Alien Flute Girl" by Christine Lucas

-"ἡμικρανία (hēmikranía)" by Robin M. Eames

-"Instant Relief" by Darla Nagel


July 12, 2018

We are happy to announce that Ability Maine is opening up a new community blog, and we want to publish you! We’ll begin accepting submissions from Maine residents for two blog tracks per month, one for writers who want to submit articles that track and explore current...

April 27, 2018

"Shortly after the Trump Administration took office, Representative Ted Poe, a Texas Republican in the state’s second congressional district, introduced the ADA Education and Reform Act, HR 620, into the House Judiciary Committee. This law mandates a “notice and cure”...

April 13, 2018

Issue 2 of Volume 15 is now available to read here!

This issue features:

-"Lost Self" and "Shadows II" by Casey Clabough

-"Pinstripe Suit and Yellow Wheels" by Ian Duncan

-"Life in Status Epilepticus Or, What to Do When You Think You’re A Jellyfish" by Claire Fitzpatrick


March 29, 2018

"Since Maine voters passed the referendum to allow adults over the age of 21 to consume Cannabis in 2016, the fate of the nearly twenty year old medical marijuana program has been uncertain."

Click here to read this new article from Mike Reynolds!

January 17, 2018

Issue 1 of Volume 15 is now available to read here!

This issue features:

-"Sad Single Girl's Titina" by Emma Gorka

-"Broken Things" by Scott MacAulay

-"The Disabled in Fashion" by Denise Noe

-"Man in Brass" by Rick Blum

-"Voicemail" by Barlow Adams

-"Forgotten", "Burned Memoi...

May 12, 2017

We hope you like the new site! <3 

Check out Mike Reynold's new article, "Unearthed: Allen Ginsberg at one of the earliest Maine Medical Cannabis Rallies"!

See the Fall 2017 issue of Breath & Shadow here!

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