Sarah McKenzie

When those with mental disabilities speak for themselves

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To People First member Maureen Marolt, self-advocacy means determining "your own life path."

Marolt defined the term at a recent gathering of People First Central, a group devoted to empowering people with disabilities to speak for themselves and direct their own lives. A group of a dozen or so members normally meet at the Downtown YWCA, 1130 Nicollet Mall. However, on this fall afternoon, People First Central gathered at Lake Calhoun for a benefit walk, "Made in the Shade," organized by many social services agencies and advocacy groups.

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