About Us

KFI Accomplishments

2008 recipient of the ANCOR FOUNDATION'S national Community Builder Award

1999 recipient of the AAIDD (American Association on intellectual disability) national Full Community Inclusion Award, "For exemplary leadership in supporting individuals with disabilities to become fully participating community members"

Recognized as a state, regional and national leader in providing full community inclusion and converting from traditional services


KFI Philosophy Statement

IMG_0372KFI is committed to assisting individuals with disabilities to exercise their choices resulting in growth and personal independence. We will assist each person to become productive and involved in the community in a way that satisfies and enriches both the individual and the community. The personal supports which make this possible will be provided in the most integrated, efficient, compassionate and least intrusive manner available.


Beliefs and Values

Picture-022KFI provides values-based services and supports. As such, we embrace a set of beliefs that determine how we go about supporting people. These beliefs are rooted in Social Role Valorization (SRV) theory. We believe that the lives of people with disabilities are ultimately enhanced by supports that recognize and strive to accomplish the following:


KFI History

Bar-HarborFounded almost 50 years ago as a school for the area's children with intellectual disabilities, KFI has changed and expanded to become a regional provider of services to people with disabilities, recognized and awarded for excellence. Fifty years ago the emphasis was keeping those with significant intellectual disabilities out of institutions; now the effort is in helping people with disabilities become active members of their communities, to live, work and socialize where and how other members of the community do. The transition has been a startling and even revolutionary shift of attitude and service delivery. As with any such movement, some were adamantly in favor of it, some violently opposed it but most were just unsure or confused. KFI added to that confusion by changing rapidly.


KFI Conversion Milestones

Picture-0231985: KFI's private segregated school for children between the ages of 5 and 20 was phased out. Recognizing the need for children with disabilities to interact and be educated with typical children, KFI worked with local schools to transition our remaining students into their neighborhood schools.

1987: Due to the success of job placement and supported employment, KFI closed its sheltered workshop, Earl Bruce Industries. The vocational assessment service was moved to a local hospital in order to provide training and evaluation in a real work setting. Today, trial work experiences are provided in individual businesses where people are seeking employment.

1989: All sheltered work was abolished in favor of supported employment and KFI's Work Activity Program was transformed into Community Living Services. Today, these services still provide broad opportunities for people to participate in community life.

1996: KFI effectively ended all center-based services by closing its Community Living Services Center. Today, 100% of KFI's services are provided in community settings in individualized and personalized ways.


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