Did you know that March is “Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month”?
It’s also “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month”--President Ronald Reagan made the proclamation back in 1987.
The late 1980’s were a time of exciting social change in the disabilities world. Over the last decade, the “deinstitutionalization” movement had taken hold; now the President was asking Americans to provide “encouragement and opportunities” for people with developmental disabilities.
In 1990, a landmark act was passed (the Americans with Disabilities Act), and suddenly workplace discrimination against people with disabilities was truly illegal.
Lots was happening at UCP Oregon, too—take a look at our history.
So, here we are in 2018, celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month more than thirty years after it was started. Much has changed for the good. But there are still lots of challenges.
How will you make a difference this March?
Guess what! UCP is excited to announce that Neighborhood Waves is coming back!
Here’s the lowdown… Every few months, UCP spends two months focusing on a particular neighborhood, encouraging the people we support, our staff, and our supporters to explore that neighborhood. It's an awesome chance for our customers to get to know new neighborhoods--and for companies to get to know our customers!
In February and March of 2018, we’re exploring Sellwood/Westmoreland. See more here.
You’re also encouraged to check out UCP’s booth at the Stars & Splendid antique mall. Thanks to a very generous anonymous donor, we’re selling a 100-year-old doll collection, with all of the proceeds going to UCP. The event runs now through February 20th, 11am to 6pm every day at Stars & Splendid, 7030 SE Milwaukie Avenue Portland, OR 97214. Learn more here or here http://starsantique.com/UCPOregon.
Contact UCP’s Development Coordinator, Kerry Pinney, at email@example.com.
Did you know that a very generous anonymous donor gave UCP a one-hundred-year-old doll collection? Well, she did! And thanks to her generosity, UCP supporters have the chance to purchase vintage and antique dolls to raise funds for UCP, at two different Portland-area venues.
And thank you again to the anonymous donor for sharing your amazing doll collection with UCP!
Hey, did you go see the movie, Wonder, on opening weekend and raise money for UCP?
A bunch of UCP moms did, and had a great time. Thanks, UCP moms!
A Jr. in NE Portland has a new dishwasher named Atzary! Atzary worked with UCP’s Employment Solutions to find a great job. She reports that she loves her job, and that and her favorite tasks are dishwashing and keeping the lobby clean for customers. Carl’s Jr. likes the fact she’s hard-working, and that she’s bilingual in Spanish and English. Congrats, Carl’s Jr. and Atzary!
You can make a difference by supporting businesses that hire a diverse workforce! Visit Atzary's Carl's Jr. at 1762 NE 181st Avenue, Portland, OR 97230.
What does it look like when people who experience disabilities come together to form a movement? It looks like this!
Do you like to watch movies? Do you like to raise money for UCP? Well, then, we have a fantastic opportunity for you!
If you go see the movie Wonder (which features Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson) during its opening weekend (November 17-19), and follow the easy steps below, $1 per attendee will be donated to UCP!
UCP is pleased to announce that we’re growing—quite a bit!
Currently, UCP Connections (our support services brokerage department) supports 251 customers, but over the next few months, Connections will grow by almost 30%, with the end goal of supporting 326 customers.
This October, UCP held our first-ever “Mini” Family Conference—a one-day conference designed for families who experience cerebral palsy.
We’re pleased to report that the Mini Conference was a hit! Attendees said that it was, “absolutely wonderful and extremely informative,” “just the right size,” and that they “felt very included and together.”