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Tag Archives: Advocacy

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: 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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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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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: 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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Board Candidate Forum

On Tuesday we had our Board Candidate Forum, for new candidates for the Speaking Up For Us Board of Directors. If you were unable to make it but would like to watch that meeting we did record it. You can find the forum here. We hope to have written statements from the other two candidates that could not make that we can share with members. Laurie Coldwell will be visiting your chapters soon to privately record your vote for the board of directors. The results…

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Back To School. The Story of Mary Ann Swank returning to school.

The Story of Mary Ann. Returning to school after 60 years. Stacy Giberson was able to recently talk with Mary Ann Swank and listen to her story about returning to school. This is from their conversation. After decades of consistent requests or as she tells it, persistent nagging, Mary Ann Swank has been meeting with a teacher to learn how to spell, read, write, and count. Currently, Mary Ann is on summer break and plans to return to her education instruction on September 7. Mary…

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