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Able Accounts – Where have you been? Guest Post from Kile Pelletier

Able Accounts where have you been? It has been a long time that Maine has been waiting to have Able Accounts. So that people with disabilities had a place that they can save money. We would have to hide money so that we could save money without getting it taken away. There were a lot of states in the United State that have had Able Account. My wife and I opened an Able Account so that we can start to plan for our future. We…

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Painted Pictures by Sarah Trites

Today we welcome Sarah Trites as she shares one of her original poems. Painted pictures By Sarah Trites Would you paint me a picture? So that I may see All the colors of the rainbow From sea to glimmering sea. Would you paint me a picture? Of the world you see From the beautiful mountains majesty. To the fragile pumpkin seed   Can you paint me a picture?  So that I may know The green of the grassy plains To the frigid white of snow Through…

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Disability Pride Day

Hi this Jon On July 1st, 2019, Kile, Stephanie, Mike Labreque and myself went to Disability Pride Day in Augusta.  That was also the day that Supported Decision Making went into effect in the state of Maine.   Speaking Up For Us had a table at Disability Pride Day and the four of us spoke to a lot of people that day.  WLBZ 2 (Now Newscenter Maine) from Bangor was there and interviewed Kile.  He said a lot of good things about people with Disabilities. We…

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Guest Post: Kile Pelletier – Voice

The power of the Voice is stronger than you. Voice can change the world with all types of things that can happen. As a person living with a disability, I must use the Voice to get what I want and to make happen, the things I want to change.  Your, Voice can be used to sing and that makes you feel good. A Voice will help break through a wall that you cannot get through. The Voice can go to God from a prayer.  A…

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Guest Post: Jon McGovern: In Person Staff meeting.

Hi this Jon I’m here to talk to you about meeting in Person for the first time for the SUFU Staff since Covid started. Instead of being over Zoom we got together in Waterville. It was fun to meet Stacy Giberson in person for the first time and having that All-Staff Meeting. It was very interesting. We went over the Calendar Schedule the summer and we are going to try some new things out and see if they will work. I liked the Topics we…

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Community Inclusion from Jon McGovern and Eric McVay – Bowling in the Community

Hi this is Jon.  In my community in Bangor I’m Part of a Bowling League love having fun doing my Bowling League for 32 weeks straight every week on Monday’s Starts in September ends in April and it a Sanctioned League by the USBC (United States Bowling Congress). I found out about bowling in my community because a staff person that I used to see at a day program was interested in a bowling league.   We participated for a half a year together, and then…

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Spring – Guest Post from Jon McGovern

Spring. It’s nice and warm. It brings JOY to people’s faces. They get to wear their spring clothes like shorts and sandals. They don’t have to wear long denim jeans or long sleeve shirts. They think about being on the beach and having a tan. Hanging out with your friends or going on vacation. Maybe it’s seeing a friend that you have not seen in a long time, or crossing something off your bucket list. Is Spring your favorite season? How many times do you…

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Guest Post: Kile Pelletier – Connecting with Legislators.

Hi everyone, it’s Kile.  I am dropping by with a blog post. March has started off to be a good busy month for me. This past weekend we had the cam am dog sled races that we have very year in March. So, you would think why I write about that?  Well, our representative from the Maine legislature and on the federal level came to together to talk the community of Fort Kent.  So that means once again I went to work on our relationship…

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Guest Post: Summer of 1990 from Jon McGovern

Hi my is Jon Let’s go back to the summer of 1990 in Washington D.C. when I saw President George Bush Sr. sign the ADA into law. Judith Heumann, James Lebrecht, and Ann Cupolo Freeman were there also. You may have seen them in Crip Camp and they talked about being there when the ADA was signed. The ADA has done a lot for people with Disabilities. It was fun being in D.C. for the first time in my life. Republican Olympia J. Snowe &…

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Guest Post: Kile Pelletier – One Mind One Voice

One Mind One Voice We are people that have a voice. What comes of it is what we want in our life. Other people try to make decisions about what we want in our lives. Why do other people think they know? As people we have a mind and our beliefs in life. How we you ask for help. It ok to ask for help. To make you a better person. To ask for help. Our life is not perfect. That’s how we can speak…

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