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Tag Archives: Self-Advocacy

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: Barb Pomeroy is planning her future.

Barbara Pomeroy lives in Millinocket, Maine a member of the Northern Penobscot Chapter of SUFU.  Stacy G spoke with Barbara Pomeroy, and this is what she said.  I’ve been interested in beauty and makeup ever since I was a little girl.  My Aunt was a hairdresser and I watched her.  Barb said she was inspired when she attended the workshop, at the SUFU Caribou conference, Everyone can Work! Barbara took home an information booklet from the workshop about Empire Beauty School.  Barb called the beauty…

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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: 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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Community Inclusion from Jon McGovern and Eric McVay – Bowling in the Community

Hi this is Jon.  In my community in Bangor I’m Part of a Bowling League love having fun doing my Bowling League for 32 weeks straight every week on Monday’s Starts in September ends in April and it a Sanctioned League by the USBC (United States Bowling Congress). I found out about bowling in my community because a staff person that I used to see at a day program was interested in a bowling league.   We participated for a half a year together, and then…

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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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