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Tag Archives: Advocacy

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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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: 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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Guest Post – Stephanie Pelletier – Keep Pushing Forward

Stephanie Pelletier, a Self-Advocate, and current Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, lives in Fort Kent, Maine explained: If I had a chance to go to Washington D.C. and talk to Democrats and Republicans, I would say that we need to eliminate the Marriage Penalty because it hasn’t been updated for 50 years. People that are with Disabilities get married and they lose their SSI benefits or their Social Security money. They should care about it because what if they had kids with disabilities and…

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Guest Post: Rose Belanger – My Journey to Guardianship

My Journey to Guardianship by Rose Hi. I’m Rose. I am working on being my own guardianship. This is how and what I had to get my own guardianship. I started by talking to my guardians. I am glad that my guardians agree that I am ready. We then talked to a lawyer. We had to do some paperwork. The lawyer’s name is Lauren Wille. I also had to print out paperwork that Lauren emailed me. One of the papers I had to fill out…

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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: 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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