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Arc of Madison Cortland Member Honored by State for Self-Advocacy

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A local self-advocate’s been honored by the state for her commitment and contributions to self-advocacy.

Arc of Madison Cortland board member Michelle Wolfe was named the 2020 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Self-Advocacy Award by the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State.

Wolfe is also a longtime member of the Madison County Motivators, where she advocates for herself and others with disabilities on a daily basis.

”I grew up being told what to do, how to do it and when to do it,” Wolfe said. “I was an adult when I learned that I had a voice. People started listening to me and suddenly my life changed.”

Today, Michelle drives herself to her three jobs in a car that she purchased herself. She also pays her rent and bills for her apartment where she lives independently with her dog, Paige, and is also saving to buy a house.

Ralph Collins is one of Michelle’s staff through Self-Direction and commented on what motivates her on a daily basis:

“Michelle keeps moving forward, never forgetting where she was.”


For more information about the Madison County Motivators contact Bonnie VanDusen at bonnie.vandusen@arcofmc.org or look for
them on Facebook.

You can also learn more about Self-Direction at The Arc of Madison Cortland by contacting Meredith Mertens at Meredith.Mertens@arcofmc.org or by calling (315) 363-3389.

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