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Age Range: 16+

Funding: Private pay with scholarships available soon

For more information, please contact us at (207) 879-0847 ext. 215 or

STRIVE WorldWIDE is a first-of-its kind online program to teach independent living skills to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. WIDE represents Welcoming Independence Diversifying Education. Online learning has become common in education, and for good reason: it offers learners the flexibility to learn at their own pace, allows the learner to schedule class time around their busy schedules, provides access to those in rural areas or with limited access to transportation, uses technology to make the content more accessible (such as closed captioning, audio, visual, recorded seminars, and more), and provides the “quiet learner” the opportunity to be heard. That’s why STRIVE is excited to offer this unique post-secondary programming geared specifically towards individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities! As the program grows, we plan to offer many courses including but not limited to:

  • Personal Safety
  • Money Management
  • Cooking and Meal Planning
  • Self Advocacy & Boundaries
  • Time Management & Organization
  • Decision Making
  • Employment Skills
  • Active Lifestyle
  • Healthy You
  • Apartment Upkeep
  • Social Skills/Healthy Relationships/Boundaries
  • Internet Safety

Although STRIVE WorldWIDE was started in Maine, it is designed so that it is available to participants throughout the world! In our first course, we had one participant logged into her seminar in the back of a New York City cab!

Courses run for five weeks, with each week focusing on its own topic or unit. The courses have a seminar (live & online) as well as a self-paced, interactive online classroom.

See it in Action: Check out this YouTube video to see the seminar and classroom features of STRIVE WorldWIDE

Seminar: Seminars are live, online courses that meet twice a week with classmates and instructor. Students can see and hear their instructor and his or her presentation or screen. Students participate through chat, answering questions, and taking polls. Students may attend the seminar independently or with support. The seminar can be joined on a computer, smartphone, or tablet. All seminars are recorded, so if someone is unable to attend a seminar, it can be watched at their convenience.

Classwork: The self-paced class is a series of highly audio and visual interactive sessions, ranging from videos, to games, to surveys, to interactive scenarios where different options are presented and selected by the participant leading to multiple outcomes, and much much more! Students complete this coursework each week at his or her own pace. The classes can be accessed 24/7, so students pick the schedule that works best for them!

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