This month we'd like you to meet Aaron Philip, a generation Z fashion model who identifies as transgender and black--she also experiences cerebral palsy.
Aaron is making her dreams come true working for a major modeling agency. She's also appeared on Teen Vogue's "21 Under 21." Wow!
We'd also like to say Happy Pride to our customers and staff who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. We celebrate you!
Learn more about Aaron Philip here.
Hi! This is Corrie from UCP.
I just got notified that UCP has received $132.18 from AmazonSmile this quarter. Woo hoo! That's free money for UCP!
Are YOU set up for Amazon Smile?
All you have to do is pick UCP Oregon as your charity of choice, and a portion of your purchases will go to UCP--for free!
More exciting news from our Family Support Department.
Families can now schedule appointments to speak with someone, via Facebook!
Check out our appointment slots here.
Exciting news! We created a separate Facebook page for our Family Support Department.
We'll be sharing resources, stories, trainings, and support.
Check it out, and don't forget to like and follow!
Hi! I'm Sally Lee, a Personal Assistant and the Chair of UCP's Diversity Committee.
Did you know that May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month?
As an Asian American, this month has personal meaning for me.
Asian hate crimes have increased over 100% during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many folks, I've personally encountered more racism, especially while commuting to work.
But when I think about racism, I also think about the resilience of the AAPI community--and our sense of alliance.
I also think about those in the AAPI community who experience both racism and ableism in their everyday lives.
As a community, may we celebrate and acknowledge ALL!
PS: You can learn more about the intersection of disabilities and Asian heritage here.
We are sad to announce the passing of Kathryn Weit.
Kathryn served as a Policy Analyst for the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, and spent many years working on disability related issues in the Oregon Legislature.
Kathryn passed peacefully away last night, at home with her family.
Kathryn meant so much to Oregon, and to so many of us at UCP. She will be missed.
Did you know that UCP Oregon has a Support Group? We do! It's called
Gimme A Break" (GAB).
GAB is open to all Oregon & SW Washington families who are raising a child with any disability.
GAB has always met in the evenings. But, due to popular demand, we've added a new DAYTIME GAB!
Our first Daytime GAB will be held on Wednesday, April 21 at 11am.
FROM THE DESK OF ANN COFFEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
It’s March of 2021. This means that COVID-19 has been with us for a year.
What a year it’s been; exhausting, terrifying, and traumatic come to mind.
It's also been a time full of gratitude. The UCP community has come together and stood strong in our resiliency.
It’s been a time for growth and streamlining, as we seek new ways to complete our work; new ways to connect; new ways to find balance and purpose.
The COVID-19 vaccine is here, although not all of us are currently eligible or will choose to receive it. Scheduling has proven difficult. Inequity has been highlighted. Nevertheless, there is a light at the end of this tunnel … and I can finally say … the light is not coming from a train. It’s sunlight.
Change—good change—is on the horizon. We’re starting to envision a new future.
Folks are wondering when we’ll reopen the UCP Oregon office. I don’t have firm dates yet, or any concrete answers.
But I can tell you that we’ll base our decision (s) on:
Whew! That’s a lot to consider. We are committed to maintaining the health and safety of UCP customers and employees, to the very best of our ability.
So, I suppose I am saying: hang on. Clarity is forming. Mask up. Remain socially distanced. Assist customers to gain vaccinations if they choose to. Stay healthy and safe—we’re not at the finish line yet.
Thank you to everyone involved in keeping UCP safe. We will look back on this and feel proud. Proud to rise to the occasion among all the variables that have made this a most complex and unique year.
Did you know that March is Women’s History Month?
Join us in celebrating 14 Black, disabled women who have had a powerful impact on American history.
As Stephanie Mullen (a Personal Agent at UCP Connections) says, “Their work has left a legacy of bridge-building, radical self-love and advocacy.”
They include the famous poet Maya Angelou, who experienced a disability called “selective mutism."
They also include Claudia Gordon (the first Black deaf lawyer in America), and Lois Curtis—the woman behind the L.C. v. Olmstead case.
Learn more about them here.
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
Join us in celebrating and defending the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in all areas of community life.
PS: If you’d like to be part of a larger community this month, you might want to share photos and stories with the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities. You can simply use their campaign hashtag: #BetterTogether21. Or you can share via their Facebook page.