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.
Hi, I’m Jan. My older brother, Jerry Pattee, was born with cerebral palsy. With the right supports, Jerry was able to live a wonderful and full life. He worked for various telephone companies; he married and raised two children; he bought his own home. My brother also spent the majority of his life participating in disability committees and non-profit boards (like UCP's) to build a better future for others living with disabilities.
Have you met our new UCP Family Support Director, Katherine yet? If not, make sure to watch this video--you'll learn all about her and also find out why our upcoming Walk, Roll ‘n’ Run is so important.
Check it out!
Today is Susan Cushman's last day as UCP Oregon's Family Support Director. She's been in the job since 2006, and is retiring to spend more time in her art studio.
Over the years, Susan has been an immensely positive force in the world of UCP--especially for the families and children we support. She is an artist, an activist, a mother, a wife, a daughter, and strong community member.
As Ann Coffey, UCP's Executive Director says,
Susan approached the Family Support Director position with an open heart, a helping hand, and a creative way of expressing compassion and authenticity.