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Guest Post: Jon McGovern – Reflections on winning the Marcia Rosen Award

Hi there Folks, I’m here telling you about all the hard work I did this year and as a result I got the Marcia Rosen Award for the Central Maine Chatper.  Staff usually don’t get recognized in this way or get this award, but it was a big honor to Receive the Marcia Rosen Award for all my hard work in 2022.  It was because of the Members that kept me going this year.I work hard to help keep chapters going over zoom.   I have…

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Guest Post: Alicia’s Healthy Fruit Smoothie

Today we welcome Alicia back to the blog as she shares another one of her favorite healthy recipes. Alicia has been on a health journey the last few years and is learning to make choices for herself and her health! Alicia’s Kiwi Fruit SmoothieIngredients:2 small kiwis cut into bit size pieces.1 level tablespoon of reduced fat peanut butter.1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.1/2 cup of milk1/4 cup of greek vanilla yogurt1 Tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa Directions:Step 1 add above ingredients to your blender and blend together.…

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Guest Post: Eric McVay Special Olympics USA Games

Hi there I’m Eric McVay from Bangor and recently I was able to attend the Special Olympics USA Games in Florida.  I am a self-advocate and part of the Central Maine Chapter of Speaking Up For Us. I want to share with you my experience of training and going to the Special Olympics USA Games. I was able to train at Lawrence High School.  I did a lot of walking for my events as part of my training.  I was also able to practice throwing…

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Are you coming to the conference?

What’s Up Members, I know the SUFU Conference is coming up so let me tell you about the SUFU Conference. There’s lots of FUN, food, workshops, and music.  We also get to meeting people in person you might not know or seen in a long time and you say to yourself should I go to the SUFU Conference.  The SUFU conference is worth the cost to go.  Maryann Preble has been to every SUFU Conference, and she has been with SUFU for 29 years. When…

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Disability Pride Day Reflections from Jon McGovern

Hi there! Here is my experience going to the Disability Pride Day Event.  It was wonderful seeing new and old faces alike.   I was able to meet people that work for DRM that I had not met before or heard of at all.  I also got to meet the other vendors that were there and see what they do for work, and I was able to hand out my business card.   It was great to mingle and see all the different people.  I was able…

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Disability Pride Day by Sarah Trites

We celebrate important events in our lives, Birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, too. We say congratulations And throw a party or two. It’s important to come together To share in others’ joy. To hear them say, “You matter. I am so proud of you!” But there’s one group of people Who need to hear this, too. They need to hear something positive  Said about them and all that they can do. We are people who struggle every day To overcome the barriers that are placed in our…

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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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