In 2010, students in Professor of Rehabilitation Karen Barrett's Grantwriting class participated in a learning-by-doing activity based on the BBC-TV reality series, "Dragons' Den." On the show, five multi-millionaire "dragons" decide whether to invest in Britain's business hopefuls. In Professor Barrett's class, students pitch their grant proposal ideas to a panel of dragons. Each student group has 10 minutes to present, then the panel asks questions and tells the students whether they would fund the project or not, and why. The exercise gives students a taste of what it's like to present grant proposals in a professional and competitive setting.
In 2009, the student-run UMF Rehab Club hosted a campus visit by the University of New Hampshire Wheelchair-Rugby team and other speakers who presented discussions on the concept of "normalcy" and what it means to be "normal."
Internships in Rehabilitation Services (which we will arrange for you) allow you to work in a variety of settings such Maine Handicapped Skiing at nearby Sugarloaf ski resort and Pyrnad Animal Assisted Therapy in Farmington; as well as Outward Bound in Colorado and Camp Courageous in Iowa.
Students majoring in Rehabilitation Services at UMF may choose to specialize in areas such as Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Addiction Rehabilitation, Career Services, and Therapeutic Recreation. Specializations in these and other in-demand employment areas will help make you highly competitive in the job market.
Many Rehabilitation Services students participate in the UMF Rehab Club, a student organization that promotes awareness and inclusion in the community and organizes the University's annual Rehabilitation Awareness Day, which explores career options in the field of rehabilitation.
In the past few years, Rehabilitation Services students traveled with their faculty to Washington, D.C.; San Antonio, Texas; and Fresno, California to attend professional conferences and learn more about graduate programs. Also, students and professors attended the Maine Autism Conference.
In your first year of classes as a Rehabilitation Services student, you will create your own short films to teach classmates about disability and therapeutic recreation. Later, as a senior, you'll produce a longer, more in-depth film on a specific topic in the field of rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation Services students come to better understand the lives of people with disabilities through stimulating assimilation activities. You may spend 72 hours utilizing a wheelchair or visit the on-campus Fitness and Recreation Center without the use of sight as ways to begin to understand what it might be like to live day-to-day with a disability.
Students majoring in Rehabilitation Services at UMF are eligible for the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community certification, a credential widely required for employment in mental health services in Maine.
Many classes in UMF's Rehabilitation Services program take advantage of the University's spectacular location in the lakes and mountains area of western Maine. Classes such as Outdoor Recreation for Special Groups visit nearby forests and parks. Other Recreation courses offer opportunities for snowshoeing, alpine and Nordic skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities -- just minutes from campus.
For additional information about Rehabilitation Services at the University of Maine at Farmington, just contact the Office of Admission:
Office of Admission
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine 04938-1994
US tel 207-778-7050
Intl. tel 00-1-207-778-7050