UCP of Michigan Staff Member Attends Meeting at Invite of the Pope
UCP of Michigan’s Public Policy Specialist, Barb Valliere, was invited to attend the U.S. Regional Meeting of Popular Movements (RMOPM), which ran from February 16-19 in Modesto, CA. Part of international movements called by the Pope, the meeting in California brought together over 700 members of the clergy and grassroots activists. Read More about Barb’s journey to California and her experience on the Voices of UCP blog.

WineBev Creating Opportunities to “Work Without Limits”

UCP spoke with WineBev, a program of our Napa Valley-area affiliate UCP of the North Bay, about the opportunities it’s creating for competitive and supported employment for individuals with disabilities.  For WineBev, “Work Without Limits” is more than just a tagline — it’s a purpose that flows through every facet of WineBev, from monitoring to packing, to creating employment opportunity for all. Read More

Congratulations to Our “What Matters to You?” Contest Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of our “What Matters to You?” photo contest, Amber Dugan and her son, Cain. Cain was born with Cerebral Palsy and what matters the most to Amber when it comes to Cain’s health is that “he will get to do all of the things that he wants to do.” Cain is currently training his sister in softball. He loves all sports that require a ball. Cain wants to be many things when he grows up, including a helicopter pilot, a doctor, and a superhero! Amber and Cain are the winners of an Amazon Fire tablet! Find out more about the “Speak for Yourself” project here.
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Highlights from Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month Twitter Chat

On March 24th, UCP hosted a Twitter chat in honor of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. Topics included: Self-Advocacy, misconceptions, CP in the media, and much more. Organizations and advocates came together to share their experiences and to learn. View the Storify here.


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Release of the 2017-2018 Public Policy Agenda
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), The Arc, The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), the National Association of Councils of Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) have come together to lay-out public policy priorities for individuals with ID/DD and their families during the 115th Congress. Key issues include: Budget, Direct Support, Housing, and much more. Click here for the full-length booklet (in PDF).







A Therapy Dog Brings Joy to UCP of MetroBoston Clients
For clients at UCP of MetroBoston, two-year-old Shubert the black lab is a welcomed addition to the facility. Shubert and her Occupational Therapist handler, Anna Martin, were brought to the facility through a partnership with Canine Companions. Read More



UCP’s Adult Services Guide
The transition process can often be complex when you live with a disability. UCP aims to help facilitate the process with our health resources guide for adults living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. The guides features resources that specialize in the treatment of adults and covers the United States. You can view the guide here. If you have a resource that you feel we may have missed, email us at info@ucp.org!



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