Speak for Yourself Workshop
RSVP now for the Speak for Yourself Workshop on Friday, September 22, 2017, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the National Youth Transitions Center in Washington, DC!
This free workshop is a part of United Cerebral Palsy’s “Speak for Yourself” initiative, aimed at educating health professionals and researchers on the needs and desires of people with disabilities, and to actively engage people with disabilities on advocating for their own needs and desires when it comes to their health and health experiences.
Policy and program professionals, self-advocates, and anyone interested in learning more is invited to attend! Breakfast and lunch will be provided. ASL and CART will be provided on site.
This event will also be live streamed for guests who cannot attend in person. To RSVP, see the workshop agenda, and for more information, please visit the Speak for Yourself page.





UCP National Talks Home Care with Capital Home Care


Home care is an essential part of having independence for many people with disabilities. UCP National recently caught up with Angela Griffith, Director of Capital Home Care (a program of UCP of Central Pennsylvania), on the impact and importance of home and personal care for people with disabilities. Read more on the Voices of UCP blog.



DSP Week Recognizes the Efforts of Direct Support Staff


This week is annually recognized as Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week. For many families, a DSP provides critical support for loved ones and UCP’s affiliates are grateful to their many talented staff members. As Congress continues to deliberate on healthcare reform, we at UCP’s National office also want to recognize and value the work that DSPs do every day across the UCP network. Our affiliate in the Chicago area, UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago, was recently a part of a campaign to raise DSP wages. Learn more about the They Deserve More campaign here.

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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma


UCP continues to send our thoughts to all those who have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. UCP released a statement, after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston region, with resources for anyone who may in need of support or assistance during the process of recovery. September is also National Disaster Preparedness Month. Please visit the My Life Without Limits blog for valuable preparation tips.





National Voter Registration Day is September 26th!


It may not be a presidential election year, but it is important to vote in every election. UCP’s Summer Intern Rebecca Zewdie recently wrote a blog post about elections and the rights of people with disabilities. If you have questions about your voter registration, or want to learn more about how to register to vote, please visit the National Voter Registration Day website.








Anonymous Donation Helps Father to Adapt Toys for Children Through UCP of Nebraska


Aaron Miller makes adaptive toys for local libraries and respite centers with the help of UCP of Nebraska. Each toy costs around $50 to adapt and, through a recent $10,000 donation, even more children with disabilities will be able to share in the fun. The funds will go towards workshops to help parents learn how to adapt toys based on their child’s specific needs. Read More…



UCP’s Disaster Preparedness Tips


September is Disaster Preparedness Month. With the recent news of both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, our collective attention has turned to the importance of being prepared in the event of an emergency. UCP has put together a list of tips for people with disabilities in the event of an emergency to help you prepare and stay safe. Read More…


September is Chronic Pain Month


September is also Chronic Pain Awareness Month. According to the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM), 75% of adults living with CP experience chronic pain. Learn more by checking out AACPDM’s Fact Sheet.