Power Out? Jill’s On!

Nothing slows this Brunswick resident.

  Jill Schneidewind kept up with her life during the big Maine power outage in October.  She even arranged an outdoor meeting with her reading tutor, since the public library where they usually meet  was closed.

Jill Schneidewind kept up with her life during the big Maine power outage in October.  She even arranged an outdoor meeting with her reading tutor, since the public library where they usually meet  was closed.

During October’s huge power outage in Maine, Jill Schneidewind did what daughters everywhere do. She called to check in with her mother. Then, she walked to the nearest open store for a new flashlight and batteries so she’d have some illumination in her own
apartment. The story would be entirely unremarkable, except that Jill, 47, is a client of Independence Association, a half-century- old local nonprofit organization supporting youth and
adults with developmental disabilities. Brunswick, Maine "is the best town in the USA for people with disabilities to live in"; mother Carol Schneidewind says. She bases that assessment on her daughter's success over more than 30 years in the community here.