What if there was an online support group, open to all Oregon & SW Washington families who are raising a child with any disability?
There is! It's called "Gimme A Break" (GAB) and it's facilitated by UCP Oregon.
Families connect with other families in a safe and non-judgmental space. They cheer for each other, vent, and just talk. They also share ideas about how to deal with stress, how to find support, and what to expect now and in the future.
GAB is held online (via Zoom) on the second Thursday of every month, from 6:30pm–8pm.
Learn more and RSVP for the November GAB here.
We're sad to announce that the 2020 Walk, Roll 'n' Run (WRR) is cancelled.
In a normal year, the WRR is UCP's biggest event. It raises crucial funds for our Family Support Department, allowing us to provide vital supports for families raising kids with cerebral palsy.
But... it's not a normal year. It's 2020.
And that means we need your help more than ever!
That's why we're asking you to donate in your usual WRR amount. Or even consider donating more!
Here’s a lovely story for a lovely day!
If someone in your family uses a wheelchair, you know how hard it can be to take a vacation… let alone go camping!
UCP’s Family Support Director, Katherine, loves to go camping. Recently, she got to take her son (who uses a wheelchair) with her, thanks to the kindness of an awesome UCP parent!
The parent, Lisa Ledson, lent Katherine and Nic a 40-foot, wheelchair-accessible RV and a wheelchair ramp.
Katherine and Nic stayed at the Mt. Hood RV Resort. Katherine says that the resort was incredible for wheelchairs. They also went to Wildwood Recreation Park on the Salmon River, which has accessible trails for wheelchairs.
We're excited to announce that UCP, along with Abeona Group, is hosting a Zoom class about government benefits for individuals who experience disabilities!
Join us on August 18th at 7:00 PM.
You'll learn how programs like SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare, K-Plan, ABLE Act, and more can help support your loved one, and how to best navigate the complexities within these programs.
*Zoom Registration Required*
NOTE: Please contact Hayley Palmer with any questions or concerns: 503-914-1285 or email@example.com
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, UCP has decided to postpone the Family Conference until 2021.
We look forward to seeing you then!
We want to share a wonderful story. Last Friday, our Family Support Director (Katherine) woke up to a frantic phone call from a mom who is raising a child with cerebral palsy. He has a trach and vent, but they didn't have enough supplies to get them through the weekend.
Katherine jumped into instant action. She was able to share a week's worth of medical supplies from her family's personal stash.
Then she connected the mom to a new supply company, a new nursing agency, several other resources... and, of course, to UCP's Family Support Department!
Now mom and son could have a stress-free weekend and look forward to more support, connection and supplies. As Katherine says, "I love my job! I love my life!"
Are you saving the date for the 2020 UCP Family Conference?
UCP’s Family Support Conference brings together families who are raising children with a disability, adults experiencing disabilities, as well as the medical, therapeutic, and educational professionals who work with them. This is the only conference of its kind in the Northwest.
The two-day gathering includes workshops and speakers that focus on new research in the area of intellectual and developmental disabilities, new surgical and therapeutic techniques, as well as alternative therapies and educational innovations.
The 250 plus attendees have the opportunity to visit vendors presenting services, resources and equipment.