News Feature

State of Maine
Originally published in Castine Patriot, December 13, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, December 13, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, December 13, 2018
Call for submissions of essays, artworks on inclusion
Awards focus on high school students

The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council has recently put out a call for submissions for its 2019 Inclusion Awards, which celebrate extraordinary high school students who think deeply about issues of inclusion for people living with developmental disabilities. Open to all Maine high school juniors and seniors, the Awards have two components: an Essay Contest and a Visual Arts Contest, which allows students to express these ideas as artwork.

This year, students are asked to write essays or create two-dimensional artworks responding to the following prompt: “What does the full inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities mean to you?”

The deadline for entries is Friday, February 15, and scholarship prizes range from $250-$1,000 for individual entries; $500 will be awarded to the teacher with the first-place winning student and $2,500 goes to the school with the most entries.

The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) is a partnership of people with disabilities, their families, and agencies which identify barriers to community inclusion, self-determination, and independence. MDDC is committed to creating a “Maine in which all people are valued and respected because we believe communities are stronger when everyone is included.”

For more information, contest rules and entry guidelines, visit, email, or call Jessica Gorton at 287-4215.