Basic Information

Address: 39 Darling Ave South Portland, ME 04106
Phone Number: (207) 879-0847 ext. 215
Fax Number: (207) 879-1516

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Additional Information

School Type: First-of-its kind online program to teach independent living skills to individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism
Degrees Offered:

Certificates for independent living skills

School Setting:

STRIVE WorldWIDE is a first-of-its kind online program to teach independent living skills to individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. 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, multi-modal assignments 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 designed with neurodiverse learners in mind but open to all learners! As the program grows, we plan to offer many courses including but not limited to:

  • Personal Safety
  • Money Management
  • Healthy You
  • Time Management & Organization
  • Social Skills & Healthy Relationships
  • Cooking and Meal Planning
  • Social Connections Using Technology
  • Brain Fitness (Executive Functioning)
  • Creating Safe Spaces
  • Citizenship & Social Justice: How to be a Part of Your Cimmunity
  • Employment Skills
  • And more!

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!

Classroom Size: Less than 25

$299 per class

Social Media:

Twitter: @STRIVE_PSL

Instagram: STRIVE_PSL