May 2015 - Complaints about procurement activities must be referred to Associate Director, Integrity and Investigations. This policy outlines the University's obligations to ensure consistent purchasing practices across the organisation and defines UQ's approach to purchasing.
All fields requiring your specific company information are easy to locate and contain helpful tips and information making the template simple to use. High quality content that will meet your organisations administrative, operational and audit requirements. Save time with the pre-formatted template; fill-in the blanks and you’re ready to start your risk assessment! You will enjoy that our template is designed in a logical and flowing manner, making it simple to modify to your specific requirements. The objective of this assessment is to ensure that the overall risk to the organization and its operations is managed appropriately on an ongoing basis. If you want to easily and quickly perform a high quality threat and risk assessment , this template is your solution! This month’s affiliate mission moment highlights a recent collaboration between UCP’s Life Labs, Marymount University’s Interior Design Department and UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago. A makerspace allows people to come together and create product prototypes within a community environment. It has been nice to see what can happen when innovation, interior design and service-provider experts come together. To read more about this project, check out the guest post on the Life Labs blog by Julie Daniel, a Master’s Interior Design student at Marymount.
After finding an outdoor patio rocker that required minimal torso motion and zero use of one’s feet to make it swing back and forth, he worked with the interns to modify the glider. Bennie Green lives at Sunrise Community in Miami, and we are thrilled to bring you the story of how he is living his life without limits, highlighted in a recent post on AMS Vans. Green, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, has lived at Sunrise Community in Miami, Florida for nearly 40 years. Green says it took “about one week to plan the trip and ensure that all the details for the trip were covered.
Beyond his own travel arrangements, Green found the city of Las Vegas to be very convenient with one-way sideways, which enabled him to use his wheelchair without bumping into other people, and accessible seating at the two shows he saw. For anyone with a disability interested in traveling to Las Vegas, Green suggests that they “call the hotel ahead of time and spell out your physical needs as they relate to accessibility. In early January, a severe winter storm struck the Atlanta area, causing massive traffic jams and numerous car accidents that left many motorists stranded on the city’s highways. At one point, a hotel room was secured near Atkins’s van, but they were unable to drive even a short distance due to the snow and traffic. For more than 20 hours, Atkins and Wilush were able to keep their clients safe and ensure that they made it home despite one of the worst storms to hit Atlanta in recent history. For the past year, UCP of MetroBoston has worked to share the stories of individuals supported by the agency through a series of expressive photos and short, six-word phrases. UCP of MetroBoston has taken this concept of short but engaging storytelling and used it to provide some insight into the lives of the individuals supported by the organization and how UCP has been a part of their journeys.
Jack and Doris never thought they would find someone who understood them or who would want to spend the rest of their life with them— that is until they met each other while receiving supports from UCP. Barbara is an older woman who was resigned to the fact that she had to live in a nursing facility, not because of profound medical needs, but due to the fact that she was no longer able to live alone. UCP Wheels for Humanity (UCP Wheels), a subsidiary of UCP of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA), recently announced the opening of a new office in San Salvador, El Salvador as part of their ongoing partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
With an estimated 465,000 people living in El Salvador in need of a wheelchair but without access to one, there is an enormous need to be met in this country. Since 2003, UCP Wheels for Humanity (UCP Wheels), a subsidiary of UCP of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA), has worked to provide wheelchairs and other ambulatory aid to people in need in the Philippines.
To learn more about how to help those who have recently become disabled in the Philippines, as well as those who, because of a disability, have been at greater risk because of this destructive storm, visit UCP Wheels’s website.
Throughout the UCP network, there are many individuals and families who are striving to live a life without limits—but there is one family in particular that stands out. Lori Alvarez’s pregnancy was difficult—at 12 weeks, she was told that one of the quadruplets she was carrying had not survived.
On February 2, 2009, Lori gave birth to three children, including Apollo and Madison, who were diagnosed with lissencephaly, microcephaly, mild cerebral palsy and failure to thrive.
The family was put in touch with Dolores, an occupational therapist at UCP of Central Arizona.
Apollo and Madison, two children who were not expected to survive, are thriving now with the support they need to grow, functioning at higher brain levels  and living very happy lives. In early August, disaster struck UCP Land of Lincoln when one of their group homes was devastated in a fire. This week, thanks to generous donations and assistance, the three residents were able to move into a new group home.
Every year at our Awards for Excellence ceremony, UCP recognizes several groups and individuals who exemplify our mission of ensuring life without limits for those with disabilities. At Adventure Park in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, kids with a wide range of abilities can have fun together on its adapted and inclusive playground. Hikers thirteen years of age or older will also have access to numerous exercise stations, which are located throughout the trail and challenge users to work their muscles.
The grand opening will take place during the UCP-sponsored Jazz in the Park event, which will feature live entertainment, free food, and child-friendly games.
Learn more about the Adventure Fitness Trail and its surrounding park, and be sure to check out the UCP of Central Pennsylvania website.
The Nina Eaton Program of the Year award recognizes a program of a UCP affiliate that has made an extraordinary contribution to the quality of life of people with disabilities, enabling them to become more independent, productive, or integrated into the family or community through a particular program.
New Voices is an assistive technology program that pairs non-verbal children (and some adults) with an Apple iPad with comprehensive language software that fosters communication efforts.
Through the New Voices program, Ability Connection Oklahoma is making it possible for children and adults to gain more independence and confidence. Since 2011, the program has paired more than 170 people with iPads. More than 14 years ago, black belt instructor Sensei Martin Williams decided to teach a class for students with disabilities. Students learn Hapkido; a form of martial arts focusing on the core tenants of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit.
The students take leadership positions within the center; setting their own goals and working toward belt promotions.
Learn more about the Kuwili Matial Arts Center, watch a video of the students in action, and visit UCP of Hawaii’s website. Last August, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare(Gillette) joined UCP as its newest affiliate and the first children’s hospital to join the UCP network. As an extension of their commitment to change perceptions people have of those with a disability, Gillette introduced theCurePity campaign. The campaign spreads the message that children with disabilities don’t need pity; instead, a positive attitude and understanding can make a world of difference. This December, UCP of Sacramento and Northern California was awarded a $25,000 grant from The California Communications Access Foundation to purchase assistive technology for its adult day programs and Autism Center for Excellence at Sacramento State. The technology is being shared between both groups, with the Autism Center using an iPad to reinforce good behavior, and the SMART Table to build social skills. The goal with these new devices was to help create community, improve communication, living and motor skills, language development, and group skills.
For more information, check out this article about the grant and learn more about UCP of Sacramento and Northern California on their website. Last month, during the season of giving, 17-year-old Brendan Perlinger decided to use his efforts to give back to an organization that has helped him in the past, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Kansas City.
Perlinger’s parents called UCP of Greater Kansas City’s Development Coordinator, Debbie Niemann, to share his story and to Niemann’s delight, what he had collected. Perlinger is truly the personification of life without limits as his disability does not hold him back but rather enables him to help others in a unique and admirable way.
This fall the Therapy Team at United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County (UCP-OC), with the help of Abbott Medical Optics, had the opportunity to participate in a new therapeutic training for Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). The UCP-OC Visual Impairment Early Intervention Program is anticipated to open in Spring 2013. To learn more about the training they participated in, check out their fall newsletter and learn more about UCP-OC by visiting their website. The National Forum on Disability Issues took place on September 28, focusing on the disability positions of the 2012 Presidential Candidates and bringing attention to the issues that are facing the disabilities community in the upcoming election. In honor of this historic event, UCP of Greater Cincinnati decided to get involved with the creation of their own video, “Can You Hear Us?”.
The video helps to put a face to these discussions and issues, reminding the public of the people affected by political decisions. For many people with disabilities who require wheelchair assistance, there is a limited opportunity to participate in an outdoor activity such as fishing. This summer Camp Easter Seals UCP, in association with Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, decided to join the campaign for “Spread the Word to End the Word,”the nationwide campaign to end the use of the words “retard” or “retarded”. To show their support for this cause the campers and staff created an inspirational videoencouraging people to focus on people’s abilities rather than labels. The video focuses on all the abilities of the campers and what they can do, showing that they live life without limits. According to Barge, the video has received a lot of positive reactions with the majority of people wanting to share the video with others. Share the video with people you know and help spread the word to end the word!
When Tosh Scutt, a 10-year-old autistic boy, started at the Cypress School two years ago he was non-verbal, suffered from aggressive outbursts, and was unable to participate in any pre-school curriculum activities. When Tosh started at the Cyprus School there was one iPad for the entire class of students, all of whom used the technology as part of their curriculum. Since receiving his iPad, Tosh has begun writing short stories based on his social activity of the day using the Storyboard application, and is able to read his stories to his fellow classmates.
The progression of Tosh from being non-verbal to writing his own sentences is a true testament to the impact that this assistive technology can have. In June, UCP of Central Pennsylvania welcomed Hope Johnson as its Community Relations and Development Intern. Given Hope’s unique working style, she primarily does her interning and blogging from home, coming into the office for staff meetings as needed, but this is not to say that her presence is not felt in the office and that she has not had a remarkable impact on the workplace. According to Hope, she was drawn to working at UCP given her previous experiences with the organization believing that the organization “embodies ‘life without limits’ perfectly.” Hope has many goals and plans for herself, which she aims to accomplish through her internship and beyond. When she is not working at UCP of Central Pennsylvania, Hope attends Messiah College and will continue her amazing accomplishments by being their first nonverbal, nonambulatory graduate. Between innings, a short feature video was played and the first 10,000 Community Clubhouse visitors were given a “Fans for Life” wristband. Watch a two minute video featuring interviews with Sharon Forster, a lifelong fan of the Giants, Robert Huffman, her cousin and caregiver, Albert Jaimes, the Giant’s community relations manager, and Barry Gardin, president of UCPGG.
For nearly a year, UCP of NYC and Boswyck Farms have been collaborating to expand UCP of NYC’s hydroponics classroom and develop plans for a program. The grow room, which is outfitted with fully accessible systems for individuals with a range of disabilities, is currently producing nearly 60 heads of lettuce, with nearly 60 seedlings growing in rotation. Participants in the hydroponics program are learning about innovative solutions for farming as well as the benefit of fresh fruits and vegetables for improved health and nutrition. Read more about the classroom’s celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony and learn more about UCP of NYC and their hydroponic classroom.
UCP of Greater Chicago introduced Infinitec (infinite potential through technology) as its technology program, which aims to advance independence and promote inclusive opportunities for individuals through the use of technology.


With the creation of the Infinitec website, users are provided with resources, an online classroom, webinars, access to experts and more. Training and Education includes face-to-face and distance learning for professional development. Equipment Services includes discount purchase programs and a lending library of equipment for the state of Illinois.
Learn more about UCP of Greater Chicago, the Infinitec program and watch a video from ABC 7 Chicago highlighting the collaboration of local vendors to benefit UCP. UCP of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties has been providing families with much needed mini ‘vacations’ for almost 25 years through its RESPITALITY Program. The UCP RESPITALITY Program offers parents of children with special needs the opportunity to get away for a relaxing weekend. Parents are given the gift of free weekend accommodations at a local partner hotel and for those who do not have their own sitter, UCP will make every effort to provide a qualified respite worker to take care of the children in their own home at no cost to the family. RESPITALITY weekends provide couples and single parents a chance to get away and have a much-needed break; serving on average 70-80 families each year.
Learn more about UCP of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and watch a video on what RESPITALITY means to the Rosen family. UCP became owner of the building, and took on the job of fund-raising to renovate the original building and to construct an additional number of apartments. The building was in great disrepair with the rear of the building havingfallen down, aroof filled with holes, and years of water damage.
Since Garrett House is located in the Quaker Hill community, the historical nature of the building also had to be preserved, and new construction would be required to compliment the original design, especially the windows and the lines of the building. The capital funding for Garrett House came from a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Garrett House will provide independent, residential apartments for adults with physical disabilities who meet federal income guidelines. Because it was funded with a HUD grant, Garrett House comes with a rent subsidy for people with disabilities who are low income. Read more about Garrett House and watch the video highlights from the dedication atNewsWorks. First DSP and MCP employee to earn DSP-Credentialed status from the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP).
Elvin came to MCP Residential in 2007 when he left his homeland in Colombia to work in the United States. Hassell remembers a situation that he says exemplifies Elvin’s maturity and poise under pressure.
Alvarez’s motivation to learn also included the College of Direct Support (CDS) curriculum. Hassell described one other problem that Alvarez solved. For a while, MCP had struggled with creating, organizing and maintaining a stable group of On-Call DSPs to step into roles in a last-minute or emergency basis. In stepped Alvarez, who had come to understand the need for stability in the lives of those they support. Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services, Inc., is an affiliate of  UCP of South Florida selected as part of the Top 125 Companies to work for by Training Magazine for four consecutive years.
UCP of Orange County provides physical therapy to Granden, helping him learn to roll over, stand up and walk. With UCP’s help, Granden is truly living a life without limits. Click here to learn more about UCP of Orange County. UCP of Central Maryland was recently featured for their role in assisting Wayne Chambers to live a life without limits. Wayne Chambers was 15 when he suffered from a drug- and alcohol-induced coma that resulted in spastic quadriplegia and legal blindness. Chambers lives in one of UCP’s residential assisted-living units in Cumberland with two other people with disabilities. Step by careful step, word by word, paragraph by paragraph, and page by page, our template empowers you to effectively document and understand your business risks.
Listed in order of priority and aligned to the risk tolerance and objectives listed previously. Each treatment plan lists example potential causes, potential consequences, existing control measures, and suggested additional control measures. The partnership stemmed from Marymount’s participation at Life Labs’ first annual design-athon this past November. With UCP Seguin’s feedback, Marymount’s design team was able to develop a design concept that is accessible, inviting, mobile and valuable to the entire community. Now that they have created something so meaningful and useful, it will be exciting to watch the conversation around accessible makerspaces continue to grow. Serving individuals with a range of disabilities and their families in Northern Florida, UCP of Tallahassee provides services that include assistive technology, adult day training and behavioral services, among many others. Last year, one of their occupational therapists, Louis Tornyai, developed a side-to-side rocking chair after seeing a resident rock in this motion throughout the day in his wheelchair. Utilizing a new workspace created by UCP of Tallahassee’s Executive Director, Jameson Dormann, the group was able to enhance the rocker’s safety, comfort and support. Recently, and after a year of careful planning, Green went on his very first vacation– to Las Vegas! It took some research online and time on the phone with the airline and hotel to get all the details ironed out.
In other words, if you need an accessible shower tell them, elevated bed, toilet bars, etc.
Caught in the storm were five clients of United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia, whose transportation had been delayed as the weather conditions continued to deteriorate. They also kept in touch with the clients’ families to let them know their loved ones were safe. A plea for help went up on the SnowedOutAtlanta Facebook page by the next morning, and several individuals tried to bring supplies to the stranded van– but were unable to find it amongst the thousands of vans on the highway.
While there has been a lot of speculation about the city’s response to the snow and how it could be improved, UCP of Georgia is already working to review their emergency planning procedures.
The result has been a collection of stories that convey an extraordinary amount of emotion, information and meaning. UCP of MetroBoston was able to offer him a place in a newly built home which had been designed to specifically meet the medical and physical needs of young adults like Joe.
Both say that they have found their soul mate, and will be celebrating their third wedding anniversary soon. With UCP’s assistance, Barbara was able to move out of the nursing home and now lives in a beautiful studio in an assisted living program where she has made numerous friends, takes part in daily activities, and has been able to regain the independence and pride of having her own apartment. UCP Wheels will be implementing a multifaceted effort to increase access to assistive technology and physical therapy for people with disabilities in El Salvador, continuing a model of mobility access first tested in Indonesia that has been globally recognized. In the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, which injured thousands of people, UCP Wheels is preparing to send a shipment of wheelchairs to those in need– but they need help. The four boys’ interest in such an event stems from their own experiences, as Ben has cerebral palsy– and while Theo, Martin and Adrian are quick to say CP doesn’t limit their friend or their friendship, they know the challenges that many living with disabilities face. The story of Lori, Marcia, Apollo and Madison Alvarez and their connection with UCP of Central Arizona is one of hope, incredible progress and beating the odds.
At 28 weeks, doctors told her that Apollo, one of the remaining three babies, would be born with a condition called lissencephaly, also known as smooth brain syndrome.
Lori and Marcia brought their children home and, starting at two months, began therapy exercises to ensure the best possible outcomes for Apollo and Madison. Dolores and other therapists worked with both Apollo and Madison, giving Lori and Marcia exercises to do at home and teaching them some sign language—and with amazing results. Dolores says that the incredible results both Apollo and Madison have achieved are because of the love and commitment of Lori and their family.
Thankfully, the home’s three residents were not home at the time, but the house and all of the residents’ possessions were destroyed.
While the three men stayed at local hotels and other group homes, people and organizations offered their help, providing new furniture, a washer and dryer, clothes and household items to help the men recover. According to the State-Journal Register, group home resident Anthony Carrell said, “The fire was devastating. Among the 2013 honorees was 21-year-old Katy Fetters, recipient of the Outstanding Youth Award. Now, thanks to the efforts of UCP of Central Pennsylvania, community members will have the chance to get active amongst the beauty of nature. Energi Stations demand more rigorous, full-body movement, while LifeTrail Stations are modified for use by seniors and people with less mobility.
In the future, officials plan to expand the park by constructing a volleyball court to accompany its existing sports fields. This year, the award was presented to Ability Connection Oklahoma for their program, New Voices.
One of the unique aspects of the program is that the iPad is theirs to keep, which facilitates more growth and progress in their ability to communicate. Some children are learning to speak for the first time or communicate with teachers, family and friends. People were eager to take the class, and today the program at UCP of Hawaii’s Kuwili Martial Arts Center has grown to 97 students. Not only are these important components of practicing martial arts, but they also translate into effective skills for the workplace. Paul, Minnesota, Gillette is internationally recognized for its work in treating children who have disabilities and complex medical conditions with high quality medical care in a compassionate environment as well as working to change the way people view children with disabilities. UCP’s adult day programs are able to use the iPads to increase their reading and math skills and improve communication. These items have succeeded in these areas and more, proving the power of assistive technology for people with disabilities.
He made personal appeals to members of his church to collect household goods and personal items, as well as raising $1,300 to buy additional items for adults with cerebral palsy. Niemann had the perfect place to use all of Perlinger’s wonderful donations as several residents had recently moved from a group home into Integral Senior Living settings in apartments and were in need of many items. This unique educational experience was part of a larger project to launch UCP-OC’s initiative with the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC Irvine to gain a greater understanding of how to serve and care for children affected by CVI associate with cerebral palsy.
Christine Roman-Lantzy, who led the training, CVI is defined as a “visual impairment that occurs because of brain damage…[visual impairment] exists not in the structures of the eye or optic never, but in the visual processing centers and visual pathways of the brain”. Their goal for this innovative program is to help improve the diagnosis and rehabilitation of infants who are at risk for vision complications in relation to cerebral palsy. The video features members of the UCP affiliate calling for the politicians to hear their voices, and make sure they are not forgotten in this upcoming election. This summer that changed for the members of UCP of Oregon and SW Washington, with the creation of the Drano Lake ADA Fishing Platform.
The idea to make a video came from Assistant Camp Director Whitney Civitts, who also had the creative idea to use the cards to share their message.
Camp Director Alexander Barge said, “We hope that we are able to tactfully and entertainingly inform people of politically incorrect terminology. Bellows Fund is a nationwide program operated by UCP that provides funds to individuals with disabilities for assistive technology equipment. In the beginning, Tosh used the iPad once a week with his speech therapist to work on speaking, reading and math.
Just recently Tosh’s dad had tears in his eyes when the special education teacher, Jennifer Finney, told him that Tosh had independently written “the girl is pretty” on his iPad. Tosh’s progress not only impacts his education, but his ability to interact in all social activities and communicate with others.
Hope, who has athetoid cerebral palsy, in conjunction with her daily intern duties, will be blogging about her internship experience throughout the summer in her blog “A Journey of Hope.” While typing with only one toe, she will share her experiences and reflective thoughts on her internship. Hope’s supervisor and UCP of Central Pennsylvania’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Lynda Bowen, described Hope best when she said “to say she’s an inspiration would be akin to saying that Mt.


I have been given so many gifts and opportunities that I feel it is essential to share those opportunities with someone who is motivated, but is trapped inside his or her body.” Hope recounted of her internship.
The experience she most hopes to gain from her time at UCP is the chance to “give a voice to those who do not have one through my writing.” Hope’s ambitions also extend past her internship, as she hopes in the future to become more aware of the issues that individuals with disabilities face. Oakland A’s game to promote disability awareness with a “Fans for Life” appearance at the game. For those who weren’t able to get a wristband at the game, UCPGG is accepting donations, which will get you your very own set of wristbands. In the hydroponics classroom, program participants learn about growing fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs indoors, in a windowless and soil-free environment.
The program participants are also growing tomatoes and chili peppers, and looking forward to introducing herbs and other greens to their garden.
The classroom teacher and specialists from Boswyck Farms work directly with participants to research equipment and tools, learn about care for the plantings, and plan new growth projects while promoting concepts of sustainability and healthy living through hydroponic gardening. An additional innovative resource is InfiniTEXT, an online, accessible instructional materials collection which provides access to over 11,000 digital text files for qualified K-12 students with print disabilities. Mayor James Baker attended and helped dedicate the new building that will provide new housing for people with disabilities in a historical building, Garrett House in Quaker Hill, Delaware. The City of Wilmington gained control and boarded it up until UCP acquired the building from the City to create new housing for people with physical disabilities.
In 2003, Governor Ruth Ann Minner started the Commission on Community-Based Alternatives for Persons with Disabilities. Additional funding came from the City of Wilmington, the Delaware State Housing Authority, the Delaware Division of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), New Castle County, JPMorganChase, Bank of America, First State Community Loan Fund, Delmarva Power, the Longwood Foundation and Crystal Trust. All interior doors are wide enough for those who are wheelchair users, and each apartment has its own washing machine and dryer. The apartments will be open to people with any physical disability, not just those who have Cerebral Palsy.
Hassell says this about his young Assistant Administrator: “One of the things that everyone can agree upon is that Elvin is absolutely just fun to work with and be around.
In February 2009 one of the agency’s vehicles was carrying four MCP Braddock residents on an outing. Alvarez’s system matched On-Call DSPs with clients they knew and who the people being supported knew.
Their son, Granden, had been diagnosed with Jeune syndrome, a genetic order affecting the growth of long bones. He also receives feeding therapy, learning to eat so he gets enough calories through his mouth to be able to remove his feeding tube. And while we spent time on that waiting list, he would have just fallen further and further behind other children of his age,” said Frank. Today, Chambers is 27 and more mobile than he ever would have expected 12 years ago, thanks to United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland.
Ultimately, the partnership cultivated a new design concept of an accessible makerspace that could be used throughout UCP affiliate locations to help introduce individuals with and without disabilities to the maker and do-it-yourself approach towards innovation. Tornyai recently took this a step further, as he worked with interns at Keiser University to find a way to help this type of modification benefit others. The adaptive rockers have been a success, as it appears they are providing a means of self-initiative calming and are adding to the quality of people’s lives. I was on the 28th floor; my room overlooked some hotels on the strip and the beautiful mountains surrounding Vegas. Vontana Atkins, a wellness coordinator, and Diane Wilush, the affiliate’s executive director, decided to drive the clients home themselves and unfortunately found themselves stranded as well. Marilyn Harvill, mother of UCP client Matt Windham, praised Atkins saying, “Von tried to keep them calm, she was very aware of keeping them warm and conserving the gas as best she could.
By midday, the roads had cleared enough for the van to make it back to the clients’ group home, and Wilush and the two other clients with her had been picked up by another UCP employee with a four-wheel drive truck. But one thing certain: in extraordinary circumstances, UCP’s staff rose to the occasion, and we are all thankful for the dedication, resourcefulness and creativity that got everyone home safely!
Sheri Wasserman of UCP of Metro Boston says, “We really wanted to do something that would grab the viewer’s attention and make them want to know more. Joe now spends his time as a typical young man: listening to rap music, attending Boston Red Sox and Celtics games and hanging out with attractive women. Martin spearheaded the effort, searching for a way to raise awareness about CP or a fundraiser that the four friends could participate in.
Then the doctors said a second baby, Madison, would be born with the same condition, and neither was expected to survive until birth— and if they did, their quality of life would very limited and their life expectancy would be about two years. Apollo surprised everyone by sitting and crawling at one year, walking by the time he was 18 months old and eating solid foods by age three.
Madison just recently started coloring with crayons, is overcoming her sensory issues and has learned to walk.
In addition, United Way of Central Illinois, church groups, employees at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, and members of the affiliate’s board helped raise $10,000. We lost everything, but we’re slowly getting back on our feet.” The new home, in which each man will have his own room, is in a “nice neighborhood that welcomes families,” said Yarnell, and even includes a backyard.
A college student with cerebral palsy, Fetters is the founder of TeenCP, a blog that acts as a resource for adolescents with disabilities.
She is a great inspiration and role model for teens to embrace who they are and challenge perceived restrictions and barriers in their life so they can live a Life Without Limits,” said Elizabeth Eckman, the marketing and development coordinator at UCP of Orange County who nominated Katy for the award. Opening July 6th, the Adventure Fitness Trail will consist of a mile-long path that is fully accessible to older citizens and people with disabilities. Individuals looking to improve their flexibility can roll up to the wheelchair-accessible stretching platform, then switch to strength training by visiting the stations devoted to shoulder or tricep exercises. Enabling communication through technology allows individuals to participate in school and other activities with greater ease, and promotes inclusion. The Kuwili Martial Arts Center provides a positive impact in students’ lives where they not only look forward to class each week but also gain initiative and independence. The SMART Board allows the affiliate to teach interactive lessons that are educational as well as to improve participants’ range of motion and hand-eye coordination. Through his own experience with UCP, he knew of their excellent work, so when it was time to come up with project to complete his Eagle Scout project requirement he knew the organization with which he most wanted to work. Jennifer Simpson (pediatric ophthalmologist at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute), to gain a broader understanding of CVI and how to support this groundbreaking West Coast initiative.
The video was written and recorded by students in the Academy of Technology Advancement at UCP of Greater Cincinnati.
Along with Civitts, campers, staff, and volunteer videographer Chris Hale came together to collaborate on this project.
We hope that people are able to see that it means more to our campers than simply just another word to avoid”. His skills began improving, but with limited access to the technology, it was clear that Tosh required an iPad of his very own to see true results. It is evident that this is only the beginning for Tosh and that he will continue to move forward towards a bright future. McKinley is an uphill climb.” When other colleagues at UCP, Lisa Hasselbrook and Karen Beaston, speak of Hope they use words such as “uplifting,” “vivacious” and “confident,”  and from reading her blog and hearing from Hope, it is clear why. Hope’s drive and passion for this internship and life are evident, and her mind is always on how her life and opportunities can benefit others. UCPGG partnered with Sharon Forster, a five-decades-long Giants fan with cerebral palsy, to recognize the Giants for their commitment to ensuring AT&T Park is accessible to all of their fans. The ribbon-cutting event marks UCP of NYC’s readiness to take training and growing to new heights. The building has two accessible means of entrance and exit, and a parking lot with five parking spaces for those with wheelchair accessible vans. I enjoyed the CDS curriculum because it was something additional to all of the training components that I did once I was hired at MCP. Before therapy, he hadn’t used his mouth muscles to eat, so it was difficult for him to form words, and this therapy is an important step for him in learning to speak.
I was honestly surprised because I thought the accessible rooms would be overlooking the parking lot. So much can be said by a few simple words, and the result is so much more than we had originally imagined.
Finding no options in their home county, the boys went to their parents, reached out to their school, contacted UCP of Central Florida and the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation and got to work.
Madison struggled with irritability and did not start crawling until she was about three years old. Apollo, who suffered some seizures about 18 months ago, has regained many of the skills he lost and is making incredible progress. Lori was very happy to share that a couple weeks ago, the geneticist said that she now expects them to have a normal life span!
Brenda Yarnell, President and CEO of UCP of Land of Lincoln, praised the incredible community response, saying “We have a very small and tight budget.
From upper-body cycling to push-ups, trail walkers of any ability level will be able to choose from a plethora of invigorating activities. She continued, “What really grabbed me, though, was that we live in a world of excuses why we haven’t or can’t help. Fish and Wildlife Service, were invited to come experience the platform themselves, and they jumped at the opportunity.
People may apply for anything from specialized kitchen utensils to wheelchairs, operating under the assistive technology definition: “any piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities”.
IRI Executive Director Larry Henderson asked whether the City of Wilmington had a property that both agencies could develop as new, affordable, and accessible housing. The goal to create seven accessible apartments as housing for residents with disabilities would be a fund-raising challenge with an $1.8 million price tag. Alvarez began as others do – as a DSP Apprentice – and was assigned to the Braddock facility, which supports 24 people with varying disabilities.
I really liked all the courses because they show ‘the big picture’ of what DSPs need to be doing to provide great supports. The room had shower bars, a roll-in shower, bars mounted on the toilet seat, a phone next to the toilet.
Recently, both children transitioned from early intervention to preschool but kept working with Dolores, who has helped with navigating the school system and providing ideas and suggestions to help them be successful. Their story goes to show that with love, hope, and quality services, children with disabilities can live a life without limits! Having previously served as a guest blogger and a speaker at fundraising events, she is now working as an intern to promote the World CP Challenge.
This one comment illustrates the impact the iPad had made on him in a short time, and his progress has only increased since then.
Today he is the Assistant Administrator at Braddock, but works daily with clients, trains DSPs, and at heart, remains a DSP in spirit and in is normal work day. It has been over since the trip the participants are still talk about how great it was and are looking forward to their next visit.



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