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Allison Wiest & Dylan Campbell Maine Parent Federation

Education is Special

Allison Wiest

Allison Wiest is passionate about her work as a Parent Trainer with Maine Parent Federation. This work with the agency began in 2017 acting as a Family Support Navigator, providing one to one support to families and currently as a Parent Trainer providing trainings and information to educate and empower families. Some of the trainings topics include, Education is Special, Transition to Kindergarten, Transition Planning, and Supported Decision Making. Allison also works with her colleague, Dylan to provide education to Maine’s youth on self-advocacy and person-centered future planning.

Allison collaborates and participates on various committees as the voice for families and youth with different abilities including the Maine State Rehabilitation Council. In addition, she continues to work closely with University of Maine’s Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies and Maine Access to Inclusive Education Resources to better serve families and their youth.

Personally, she is the mom of a twelve year old boy with Autism and advocates daily to ensure his needs are met. She has received training in the DIR Floortime therapy which she incorporates daily with her son. Allison loves being a part of this work and enjoys educating and supporting families and youth.

Dylan Campbell

Dylan Campbell is a young professional passionate about building a more inclusive future through universal design. He uses his lived experiences to navigate the many systems of care alongside his family, in support of his siblings with disabilities.

Since 2017, Campbell has worked with Maine Parent Federation as a youth coordinator and parent trainer. Since late 2021, he has provided professional consultation to the Maine Department of Education’s Office of Special Services and Inclusive Education, and served as one of two co-chairs for the Transition Maine Executive Student Transition Committee.

Campbell was nationally recognized in 2022 as the recipient of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs Ryan Colburn Award for his work establishing youth-oriented programs and building connections with partners across Maine and the Northeast

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