The Edward J. Bouchea Center for Learning

Supports men and women with challenging cognitive and/or physical disabilities gain knowledge, experience, and independence.

What's Going On?

96 Thirteenth Street, Bangor, ME 04401

Who Do We Support?

Post high school men and women are supported in our cheerful, accessible facility at 96 Thirteenth street and in the community surrounding Bangor, Maine. Significant cognitive and/or physical disabilities are typical of program participants and each has goals and objectives specifically designed to meet their (and their guardian’s) needs and wishes.

The vast majority of our program participants are clients of The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and there is also an option to private pay. If you need to contact DHHS the number is 207-561-4100 (TTY1-800-963-9490).

Our Philosophy

We believe that every individual needs:

  • A sense of autonomy,
  • To make choices,
  • To have a sense of control over aspects of their lives,
  • To be treated in an age appropriate manner,
  • To have a sense of accomplishment,
  • To communicate with others,
  • To feel understood
  • To have friends,
  • To feel enjoyment,
  • To be comfortable,
  • To have variety,
  • To learn ,
  • And to be treated with dignity.

A Typical Day

Arrival time at The Bouchea Center is between 8:30 AM either by Amicus Transportation or another means, each person is greeted at the door. Staff makes every effort to assess the state of health, comfort, and contentment of each participant. Any needs for personal care are met with sensitivity and professionalism then and throughout the day. Each person has the opportunity to develop their plan for the day. This can be done using sign language, schedule boards, or other necessary communication aids. Choices are made throughout the day from a variety of activities that may include physical, occupational, or speech therapy. (see list of activities below)

Lunch is brought from home but may be heated or cooled in our kitchens. Each person eats as independently as possible.

Group and individual activities on and off site such as sewing group, photography, or exercise take place throughout the day and continue in the afternoon. Participants departure time is between 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM.

This is an example of a typical day but in reality each person follows an individualized plan of activities which are varied and changing.

Class Five has been developed for people with significant physical and/or communication disabilities but a high level of cognitive ability. They participate in The Amicus Writing Project and other very creative and interesting activities, and are in the process of helping to create this exciting new program and tailoring it to their interests and skills.

Some Fun Activities at Bouchea

  • Adaptive swimming at the University of Maine
  • Quilting
  • The Amicus Writing Project
  • Birthday cake baking for Dorothea Dix
  • Attending Little League World Series
  • Photography
  • Apple, pumpkin, berry- picking.
  • Picnics at Fort Knox, and local waterfront and parks
  • Collection and delivery of food to local agencies
  • Bangor Public Library
  • Social gatherings put on by the Air National Guard and the Elks Club
  • Reading Club

What Else Do We Offer?

  • Adaptive equipment,
  • Adaptive communication strategies such as American Sign Language, Mayer- Johnson, or adaptive sign
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Wheelchair accessible vans
  • Fully accessible facility
  • Staff certified as Direct Support Professionals by the State of Maine
  • Positive Behavioral Supports
  • Person Centered Planning
  • Licensed Social Worker on staff
  • Whirlpool bath and accessible shower