Today is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day 2022!
What are you doing to celebrate?
This week, a group of parent and adult advocates, clinicians and researchers celebrated CP Awareness Day by travelling to Washington DC, to give a briefing to Congress about CP!
The trip was organized by the Cerebral Palsy Foundation (which is not part of UCP), and was supported by Senator Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire) and Congressman Steve Cohen (Tennessee).
Way to go, advocates!
And, speaking of advocates, did you know that National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day in the United States was created by two moms? They felt it was vital to increase awareness of cerebral palsy, and to improve quality of care and research across the lifespan.
Today is March 25th, and you know what that means!
It’s World Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day—an event that is celebrated around the world.
In some places, entire buildings are lit up with green to celebrate. Even Niagara Falls has “gone green” to celebrate Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day!
In honor of the day, you can:
Hi, everyone! We just wanted to say… “Happy 6-month anniversary to UCP Mentors!”
As you probably know, UCP Oregon launched UCP Mentors (our second brokerage) on September 1, 2021.
Six months later, UCP Mentors is going strong… and so is our original brokerage (UCP Connections).
Here are some interesting facts about UCP Mentors:
As you may know, March is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month.
But here are some facts about CP that you might not know!
Hi! I’m UCP Oregon’s Family Support Director, Katherine Ball.
Did you know that my department supports approximately 845 families?
During an average month, I directly work with 100 families. I am available to them via email, phone, social media, and in person as needed.
I often speak with parents who are dealing with a new diagnosis of cerebral palsy. I send them a “Welcome Packet” with self-care tips, books and resources. I remain in contact with parents, providing resources, information, and a shoulder to lean on as needed.
Attention, readers! Are you looking for a new book to read? Are you interested in the intersection of disability and Black history?
Then you might want to check out a fantastic new book: “The Mark of Slavery: Disability, Race, and Gender in Antebellum America,” by Jenifer Barclay, PhD.
Around 10% of America’s enslaved population was affected by disability. What happened to these folks?
As the book explains, many of them served in essential roles, working as caregivers and healers and storytellers.
Hello! If you're a customer of UCP, a family member of a UCP customer, or a UCP employee, we'd love to hear from you. We'd also love to share YOUR story with the world.
You can share almost anything:
Hey! Did you know that March is Women’s History Month?
As journalist Melissa Young says, “Women have been making history for centuries; for some, this was the only choice they had.”
Women with disabilities make history, too.
As Melissa Young says, for many women “it was either live the way others expected them to or fight for the lives they knew they (and all people with disabilities) deserved.”
Famous women who experience/experienced disabilities include:
March is a busy month! It’s (1) Women’s History Month. It’s also (2) National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. And it’s (3) National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month!
Since UCP Oregon’s roots are in cerebral palsy, we thought we’d start out by talking about National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month.
The goal of the month is to push for positive change in education programs, the healthcare system, and the employment world—to ensure that people who experience cerebral palsy have the opportunities they need and deserve.
UCP Oregon is busy doing advocacy on a local, state and national level. You can make a difference, too!
How To CELEBRATE: