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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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Leadership Program – Guest Posts from Josh Lezotte and Reegan Boynton

We continue our Leadership Program Series with input from recent graduate Josh Lezotte and Reegan Boynton. Joshua Lezotte is a member of the Southern Aroostook Chapter, and he learned in Leadership training about team building skills, helping others, talking with others if they have a problem and listening to what they have said, and listening to everyone.  For anyone thinking about taking the Leadership Training, say yes.  What Josh learned at Leadership that helps him in his life is listening to other people, team building…

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Leadership Program – Guest Posts from Stephanie Pelletier and Sarah Trites

Leadership Blog Series:  We asked our most recent Leadership Class to answer some questions about their experience taking the leadership training.   Over the next few weeks, you will get to hear from some of them about their experience and what they learned.This week we hear from Sarah Trites and Stephanie Pelletier Sarah Trites is a member of our Central Maine Chapter.   She shared the following: I learned how to better solve problems.   Taking the leadership class is a great way to meet new friends and learn…

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Guest Post: A New Year’s Letter from Kile to You

This is Kile I just want to say happy New Year’s to everyone. I hope everyone had a great and fantastic holiday with their friends and family and brought in the new year with a bang. I want to share my dreams and things I look forward to, for 2023.  This year will be a busy year for us we will be attending a lot of meetings that we are going to be attending for you guys. This year we’ll be celebrating our 30-year anniversary…

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Guest Post: Jon McGovern – New Year’s Eve

Hi Everyone, Jon here. Last Month was December and on the 31st it was New Year’s Eve. I want to know what your Resolution is, or you did you do anything New Year’s Eve. My resolution is to lose weight. Did you go to New York in Time’s Square, stay home to watch the Ball drop or do you do New Year’s Eve in your Area where they drop a ball? I just stayed home, and I stayed up to watch the ball drop in…

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Guest Post: Bobby Little on working in the community.

Bobby Little is a self-advocate, a SUFU Member and live in Presque Isle, Maine. He and Kile recently spoke about his working in the community: Bobby recently told us about getting a job for the Salvation Army.  Bobby said this is a flexible position and has worked a few times now.  After an interview and being hired in the first week of December, he stands outside rain, snow, and cold, ringing a bell and accepting donations.  This is an important position for Bobby and say’s…

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Guest Post: Reegan Boynton on getting her State of Maine Hunting License

Reegan is a Self-Advocate, a SUFU board member, and lives in Millinocket, Maine. Reegan speaks about getting her State of Maine Hunting License: I wanted to get my hunting license because I wanted to have something to do with my aunt. It’s something that we can do together to get bonding time and I can get to know her more.  Before I got my license I tagged along with my aunt because I wanted to see how it works and she knows more about hunting. …

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Self-Advocates Chasing their Dreams: Conference Video

At the 2022 SUFU Conference self-advocates are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops. One of them was was titled “Chasing Your Dreams”. Self-Advocates were given the opportunity to share what they are passionate about and their dreams for the future. We thank self-advocate Anna McDougal for leading this workshop along with Lisa Wesel and Kim Humphrey from Community Connect. From that workshop a video was compiled of self-advocates sharing their passions and dreams.

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Guest Post: Georgia West – A proud self-advocate

TRIGGER WARNING: This Blog contains raw human mental health struggles such as references to violence and suicide.  If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues and or suicidal thoughts, please contact 988 or Lifeline (988lifeline.org) 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States. Georgia West is a…

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Guest Post: Deb Wiggins – Taking a Step

Recently Kile was able to speak with Deb Wiggins about what she wants for her future. Deb shared the following: Debra Wiggins is a Self-Advocate, a member of SUFU, and lives in Presque Isle, Maine. Deb has been under guardianship since she was 18 years old and has decided to take the steps to be her own guardian. Deb will be taking a good look at Supported Decision-Making, A User’s Guide for People with Disabilities and Their Supporters, offered by (DRM) Disability Rights Maine. The…

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Guest Post: Maryann Preble and the 2022 SUFU Conference

Maryann Preble speaks about her trip to “The County” for the 2022 SUFU Conference. Maryann is a long time, proud SUFU member who lives in Augusta, Maine. Maryann is SUFU’s 2021 Paige Barton award winner while Kile Pelletier is SUFU’s 2022 Paige Barton award winner. They were both surprised with a Limousine ride from the bus drop in Presque Isle to the Caribou Inn and Convention Center in Caribou. Marco Orlando, Jon McGovern, Maryann Preble, Stephanie Pelletier, Kile Pelletier, in Caribou Maine Showing a big…

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