FROM THE DESK OF YVONNE
Mabuhay, UCP fans!
(That’s a Filipino greeting, if you didn’t know).
As you may have heard, May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI).
UCP’s Yvonne Miller (a Personal Agent) taught us that greeting, and also started a conversation with the UCP Mentors team about ways to acknowledge and celebrate all things AAPI.
Below is an excerpt from Yvonne’s email and some resources they provided.
PS: Thanks to the other UCP Mentors team members shared about their identity and more ways to connect with the AAPI culture!
How can we all get involved in supporting the AAPI community?
JOIN US: MOVIE SCREENING
Are you a caregiver of a child who experiences disabilities? Do you feel invisible?
You're not the only one!
That's why UCP Oregon's Family Support Department is pleased to host an online screening of a fabulous new documentary, entitled “Unseen: How We’re Failing Parent Caregivers and Why It Matters.”
The event will be held on May 23rd at 4pm, via Zoom. After you register, you will be sent the link.
Our Family Support Director, Katherine Ball, will be on hand during and after the event to talk, share and provide emotional support.
Mental Health Awareness Month 2022
Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month?
The goal is to bring awareness to the importance of mental health and break the stigma.
About 25% of American adults experience a mental health challenge of some kind, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
But many people who experience mental health challenges keep their situation and stories to themselves—they’re afraid of being treated differently.
But, as Disability Rights California writes, “Especially during this challenging pandemic, it’s even more important to take care of ourselves and not be afraid to ask for help. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and it’s important to remember, we are not alone.”
Here are mental health resources recommended by various UCP employees:
AN UPDATE ABOUT LINDA
Hey, this is really cool!
A former customer of UCP Oregon was one of the consultants for Portland’s new inclusive playground at Gabriel Park.
You might remember Linda from her days as a customer of UCP Oregon's Supported Employment Services.
Linda used our services while she worked as a research assistant in Portland State University’s Universal Design Lab. She was also featured in one of our Annual Reports.
Linda recently served on Portland Parks & Recreation's Gabriel Park Playground Advisory Committee.
Linda was born in Portland—a city with numerous beautiful parks—but, as Linda says, when she went to the playground as a kid, “I could not do anything, but I would sit my feet in the wading pool.”
That's why Linda was delighted to serve on the Gabriel Park Playground Advisory Committee. While Linda wishes inclusive playgrounds had existed when she was a kid, late is better late than never!
The new playground officially opened on May 14th.
Join Us at the Parade!
Do you love parades?
We're excited to tell you that UCP's Family Support Department will be participating in the 2022 Junior Rose Parade.
And we want EVERYONE who loves UCP Oregon--that's customers, families, friends, and employees--to join us!
The event will be held on June 8, 2022 from 1-3pm in the Hollywood District.
We should have more details soon.
But if you already know you want to participate, you can sign up by contacting our Family Support Director below.
AAPI Month, 2022
Did you know that May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month?
According to the CDC, approximately 1 in 10 Asian American adults have a disability. This can lead to some complicated experiences.
As activist Megan Liang writes, “As an Asian American woman with a visible disability, I have always felt as if all parts of my identity were for the world to see and judge… I felt like I couldn’t ask for help in fear that I would be seen as even smaller and weaker.”
That’s why Megan and others like her are hoping to shine a light on the intersection of disability and Asian identity.