Read about SUFU's History by monthly summary updates. Each page contains monthly summaries covering a 3 year timeframe. Follow the links at the bottom of each page to read about different years.
2006 January: SUFU joins key New England self advocates and Directors of Developmental Disabilities Service in Westborough Mass to come to the table and share ideas.
2006 February: SUFU hosts a statewide training to educate self advocates and supporters on “Identifying and Preventing Exploitation.
2006 March: Board members vote, the decision there will be two regional self advocacy events. SUFU will not host a conference at the Grand Summit for 2006.
2006 May: Seven self advocates and supporters attend Atlanta Georgia self advocacy conference hosted by People First of Georgia and organized by Southern Collaborative (Region 6 and 9 of SABE).
SUFU Board Of Directors changes fiscal year to align with Federal Fiscal Year.
2006 September: Self advocates host a Southern Regional Event in Auburn approximately 130 self advocates and supporters attend the ‘Road to Self Direction’
2006 October: Self advocates host a Northern Regional Event in Presque Isle, approximately 125 self advocates and supporters attend the ‘Let Me In’ event and Timmie Hafford, first winner of the Marcia Rosen Award, makes a guest appearance.
2006 December: SUFU members approve reinstatement of ‘Articles of Incorporation’, approve amendments to SUFU By-laws, adopt a ‘Conflict of Interest’ policy; all steps towards SUFU obtaining 501(c)3 status
2007 January: SUFU receives funding from DHHS to train self advocates in prevention of exploitation.
2007 January: NEAT representatives meet with New England state DD Directors in Marlborough Mass.
2007 January: SUFU and DHHS partner to train self advocates in preparing for a natural disaster or pandemic on an individual level. SUFU develops a checklist for non literate people.
2007 January: Long standing SUFU ally and former SUFU Project Director Laurie Kimball is hired as a DHHS training coordinator, this reinforces SUFU’s close relationship with DHHS.
2007 March/April: In region one and two local self advocacy groups are on the increase for the first time since 2003. Local self advocacy groups meet in: Presque Isle, Houlton, Danforth, Patten, Lincoln, Bangor and Machias.
2007 April: Self advocates and other interested parties meet with the Portland Press Herald Editorial Board in regard the offensive use of the “R” word in an editorial.
2007 May: SUFU joins allies in support of LD 1790 “Respectful Language Bill” and 1907 a bill to expand “Class member” rights to include all people served by ‘The Departments’ Adult Services.
2007 June: Through joint efforts, SUFU/DHHS/DRC has made Exploitation training available in each of the six SUFU regions.
2007 September: Region One and Two Self-Advocates host a Northern Regional Event, "North Star", for approximately 100 self-advocates and supports.
2007 October: Dixie Leavitt retires after seven years. SUFU bids farewell to Dixie at the Southern Regional Event in Bethel.
2007 November: SUFU welcomes new advisor Irene Mailhot to the Augusta office.
2008 August: Presque Isle Peer Group, one of Maine’s first, unites and invites the community to celebrate their 15th anniversary. Over 20 people attend a rainy Bar-b-cue.
2008 September: Three self advocates and supports attend a three day self SABE conference in Indianapolis.
2008 October: SUFU host a 15th anniversary conference ‘Building Bridges’ in Bangor for 200 self advocates and supporters.
2008 December: The Governor's office announces a 10% curtailment. SUFU members poised for another year of budget woes and legislative hearing.
2009 January: SUFU celebrates becoming an independent organization! We keep the ongoing support of our ally and fiscal agent the DRC.
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