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STIR self-advocacy team presents new program outline

The Steps Toward Independence & Responsibility group, or STIR, gave a presentation at the recent Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities meeting to share what they learned in their training regarding leadership skills and how to become better self-advocates.

Participants Frank Chatfield, Bryan Krehn, Ty Ferguson and Shirley Knight were accompanied by facilitators Karen Hesson-Brady and Lisa Davidson.

The new self-advocacy team decided on a name for their group — SAFE, standing for Self-Advocacy for Everyone. The team also developed a vision: “To help others feel safe and comfortable to ‘speak up’ at any time.”

SAFE team members expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to participate in STIR. They plan to share what they learned with others through monthly meetings and they are scheduled to present at the LCBDD in-service Friday.

Superintendent Bauer announced that the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive July 31 was a success, with 25 pints of blood collected, including 13 first-time donors with the Community Blood Center.

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