A new institute is opening at the University of Maine’s Orono campus for educators and others who work with children with autism and post-secondary students seeking to work with such children. The Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research will open Jan. 1. Maine families will also be able to get services and resources through the institute to help them better understand autism. Institute staff plan to host professional development workshops and webinars, create road maps of the various services available from birth to adulthood, and provide family-to-family mentoring. It is a partnership of the Maine Department of Education and the university’s College of Education and Human Development.