Member Spotlight

Alpha One Logo - Powering Independent LivingSince 1978, Alpha One, a Center for Independent Living, has enabled thousands of people with disabilities to live more fully and more independently in all aspects of their lives. Few agencies in Maine offer Alpha One’s variety and depth of independent living services. 

Alpha One is a proud member of member of the National Council on Independent Living. “It is our belief that our strength as an organization is based on the collective principles and ideologies we share with other CILs nationwide. While landscapes may change, the challenges remain constant,” says Dennis Fitzgibbons, Executive Director of Alpha One.

Alpha One annually assists more than 6,000 people of all ages, including children and the elderly, with a range of physical, mental, cognitive & sensory disabilities. For over three decades, Alpha One has been responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities, initiating, advocating for, and implementing systems change to overcome the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from living independently.

Alpha One is a 501 (c)(3) community based non-profit corporation.  Since 1978, Alpha One has stood at the forefront of the fight to promote consumer-directed personal assistance rights & responsibilities at the state and national level.

Alpha One offers comprehensive programs including:

  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Information and Referral
  • Peer Support
  • Advocacy
  • Access Design – Home Modification (ADA) Training and Counsel
  • Homeward Bound – Transition to Community Living
  • Adaptive Driver Evaluation
  • Maine Agrability – Adaptive farming assistance
  • mPower Adaptive Loan Fund
  • Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services
  • Recreational Programs

Alpha One programs are made possible through grants, fee-for-service contracts, and individual and corporate contributions.  Alpha One’s funding sources include: U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration, State of Maine Department of Labor, DBTAC: New England ADA Center, State of Maine Department of Education, Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, Cumberland County Department of Economic and Community Development, City of Portland  Department of Economic and Community Development, Maine Department of Health & Human Services, Maine Emergency Management Agency, Cumberland County Emergency Management, Maine State Housing, Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program, and Prudential.

For more information, contact Alpha One at (207) 767-2189 (v/tty) or call toll-free outside Portland area (800) 640-7200. Alpha One has offices across Maine in South Portland, Bangor and Presque Isle and can be reached 24/7 at