BREWER – Speaking Up For Us is a statewide coalition with representatives all over the state who work to support local and statewide self-advocacy organizations to network with each other and with national organizations.

The coalition recently held at luncheon in Brewer to thank the agencies and organizations, statewide, who have supported them during the last year.

Rhonda Lausier of Harrison, program administrator at Momentum Inc. in Casco, was recognized for her contributions.

Lausier was awarded the eighth annual Paige Barton Advocacy Award, given to the adviser who demonstrates the meaning of support by empowering people with disabilities to advocate for themselves to make their dreams come true.