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All posts by Avery Olmstead

Guest Blog Post from the SUFU Presque Isle Chapter’s, Ms. Regina Bowie…

“It is Okay to be Fearful or Scared of Testing.”   This is my first blog.  My Name is Ms. Regina Bowie. I am almost in my mid-forties. I was diagnosed with borderline ADHD in my thirties.  I was put on medication. It did work for a while, but I did stop using it. I have also been diagnosed with Autism in the Asperger’s range almost two years ago. I was overwhelmed but relieved at the same time when I first found out about my…

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How Avery Took a Risk by Going to a Concert…

I took a risk this week by going to a Shawn Colvin / Lyle Lovett concert at the University of Maine.  You might be wondering, “what’s so risky about that?”  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that sometimes being around a lot of people makes me anxious.  As a result, I probably spend more time at home than I should because I’m comfortable there.  My good friends know this and have been on a mission to help me be more social.  Don’t get me wrong,…

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There’s Still Time to Apply for the 2018 SUFU Leadership Program…

Hi Everybody, 🙂 Click on the picture to get all the information. I was part of the SUFU Leadership Program last year and I really enjoyed it.  I learned a lot and I got to know the other SUFU members with me really well and we had a lot of fun!  I’m really glad I did it. 🙂 Again, click on the picture to get all the information. If you have any questions, please contact Monique at (207) 956-1004, Extension 1 Take Care, Avery

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The SUFU Statewide Conference is Coming!

Hi Everybody, The 2018 SUFU Conference will be here before you know it, September 25th and 26th at Sugarloaf USA! This year’s conference theme will be “community integration” according to Abbott Philson, Chair of the Chapter Representation Committee which is the committee helping to plan the Conference. “Community Integration means being a real part of your community.  It’s not just saying hi to people you know at the store but getting to know those people (and people getting to know you), through joining a book…

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Come Join the SUFU Facebook Pages – Here’s How You Do It :)

Hi Everybody, A lot of SUFU members who have a computer are on Facebook, but they are not part of the SUFU Facebook pages.  It occurred to me that a lot of people might not know what these pages are, so I thought I’d let you know!  If you click on this link: (https://www.facebook.com/Speaking-Up-For-Us-166841860003041/), you will see a picture of the “Speaking Up For Us” Facebook Page.  That page is for anybody who likes SUFU. SUFU members, SUFU staff, family, friends, community members, anybody.  I…

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“Depression” isn’t a Dirty Word…

Hi, most of you know that I use a wheelchair due to Cerebral Palsy but what a lot of you don’t know about me is that I also have Clinical Depression which means that I have days where I feel very sad,  tired and confused even when things are going really well for me. I wanted to talk about it because I’m sure there’s other SUFU members who have Depression too or know somebody who does, and I wanted to let people know you’re not…

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You can Donate to SUFU While You Shop, with the New “Amazon Smile” :)

Hi Everybody, A couple of weeks ago, Amazon.com sent me an email about a new way you can donate to the charity of your choice and I wanted to share it with you! 🙂 Amazon.com is a website where you can shop for things you want or need online.  I bet a lot of us shop at Amazon already, so it’s a neat way to give back (you can even give to SUFU.) If you shop on Amazon using this link: www.smile.amazon.com a portion of…

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“What is it like having a disability?”

Hi Everybody, I was wondering… What would you want to say to someone who asked you, “Tell me what it’s like to have a disability.” I’d want to say, “Most of the time, it’s not that big of a deal.  Sometimes, it’s a pain in the butt and I get really angry.  It hurts when people think that I can’t do things that I know I can do.  But having a disability is a part of who I am, and I like who I am.”…

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SUFU’s Annual Appeal is Here and Here’s How YOU Can Help!

Hi Everybody, We do a lot of interesting and cool things here at SUFU!  To make sure that we have money every year for things like our Annual Conference, Chapter Meetings, Roundups, and lots of other stuff, every year, SUFU raises funds by doing something called an Annual Appeal.   Here are More Ways that the Annual Appeal is So Important to SUFU… SUFU members, just like you, are making a difference in politics: For the first time, since SUFU started in 1993, The SUFU Board…

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SUFU Members: Enjoy the Outdoors by Volunteering at a Land Trust…

Hi Everybody, SUFU has a great opportunity for SUFU members to get involved with the land trust community.  You might be wondering, “what is a land trust?”  I wouldn’t blame you because I didn’t know the answer until a couple of months ago. A land trust is an organization that helps conserve and protect land. This land can be a farm, or specific pieces of land where people like you and me can go and just enjoy nature or ride a bike.  In most cases…

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