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Tag Archives: Advocacy

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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Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine: Self-Advocates continue to share their experience

Today we welcome Sarah Trites and Jon McGovern to the blog as they share their experience getting the Covid-19 Vaccine.   Self-Advocates want to encourage others to get vaccinated and one way they are doing that is by sharing their experience!     Sarah Trites was able to receive her Covid-19 Vaccine at her home and shares here story.   “There was a nurse that came to my housing complex from Augusta to give residents the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine shot.  There were two shots left over and I…

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Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine: Self-Advocates share their experience continuted

We continue to hear from self-advocates that have received their first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine and are grateful that they want to share that with us. MaryAnn Preble from the Bangor Chapter, recently received her first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine.   Here is what she shared with me: “It was an experience for me to get the COVID-19 vaccine.   People should think about what it could be if they don’t get the vaccine.  When you go they will ask questions and explain to you…

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Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine; Self-advocates share their experience.

Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine; Self-advocates share their experience.     There has been a lot of information about getting the Covid-19 Vaccine.   We asked some of our self-advocates who have received their first dose to share their experiences with us in order to share with you. Chris Heywood from our Springvale Chapter shared “After I got the shot,  I had to wait in a different room for about 15 minutes to make sure that I was doing ok with it.  I was a little tired afterwards…

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