Maine’s Deaf Community is grieving deeply. We lost four of our cherished community members in last night’s Lewiston shootings, two of which were fathers of children in our educational programs. Our community is incredibly tight-knit, full of heart and pride. The fact that these men were together is who we are. Togetherness is what makes us strong and will hold us during this devastating time. The lives of those lost in the shooting will never be forgotten. We are holding their families, loved ones, and our community in our hearts. - 10/26/23, Karen Hopkins, Executive Director.

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Children 3 – 22

Statewide Education and Family Services (SEFS)

Maine’s Statewide Education and Family Services department collaborates with families and school districts throughout the state to meet the critical language, communication, and learning needs of students in Maine who are deaf or hard of hearing. Site-based and itinerant services are provided per referral to children who are deaf or hard of hearing ages 3 to 22 statewide. We provide consultation and direct services for students at no cost.


Site-based programs

Mackworth Island Preschool

East End Community School

Lyman Moore Middle School

Portland High School

Brewer Community School