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Tag Archives: Choices

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: Jon McGovern – Thanksgiving Memories

Hi Members This Month is November, and we have Thanksgiving! What are your fondest Memories of Thanksgiving as a Child?  My fondest memories of Thanksgiving are being around the family and friend, watching NFL football on TV.  It is not noisy on Thanksgiving, and you get to enjoy yourself.  Getting to have Thanksgiving with my older brother growing up & before he left to go in the service.  I miss spending Thanksgiving with him.   What is one thing you liked to eat at Thanksgiving? The…

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Guest Post: Rena Young – Back in Sports and Thriving at Home.

Today we welcome Rena Young to our blog. Stacy Giberson had an opportunity to sit and talk with her about what she wanted to share! Rena’s Back in Sports and Thriving at Home! I spoke with Rena, and she shared with me how happy she is that she has been able to enjoy Special Olympics and play in sporting events. Rena couldn’t play her favorite sports for a two-year span of time because of Covid 19 restrictions.  Rena plays basketball, does swimming and skiing events…

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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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