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Tag Archives: Speaking Up

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: 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 – 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: 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: 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: 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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