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Tag Archives: Speaking Up

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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Are you coming to the conference?

What’s Up Members, I know the SUFU Conference is coming up so let me tell you about the SUFU Conference. There’s lots of FUN, food, workshops, and music.  We also get to meeting people in person you might not know or seen in a long time and you say to yourself should I go to the SUFU Conference.  The SUFU conference is worth the cost to go.  Maryann Preble has been to every SUFU Conference, and she has been with SUFU for 29 years. When…

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Disability Pride Day Reflections from Jon McGovern

Hi there! Here is my experience going to the Disability Pride Day Event.  It was wonderful seeing new and old faces alike.   I was able to meet people that work for DRM that I had not met before or heard of at all.  I also got to meet the other vendors that were there and see what they do for work, and I was able to hand out my business card.   It was great to mingle and see all the different people.  I was able…

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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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Able Accounts – Where have you been? Guest Post from Kile Pelletier

Able Accounts where have you been? It has been a long time that Maine has been waiting to have Able Accounts. So that people with disabilities had a place that they can save money. We would have to hide money so that we could save money without getting it taken away. There were a lot of states in the United State that have had Able Account. My wife and I opened an Able Account so that we can start to plan for our future. We…

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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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Reflections By Sarah Trites

Today we welcome Sarah Trites back to the blog as she shares a poem she has written. Thank you Sarah for sharing such beautiful words with us! Reflections By Sarah Trites Here I am on this beautiful county road, reflecting over my long journey. The road behind me was difficult, Full of many challenging obstacles. While traveling this path, I stumbled over uneven ground. But I never fell. Tall trees surround me I can no longer see the path But I will never give up;…

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