Read the Summary from “First Responders and Disability”
If you missed the discussion held on December 9, 2016 with the National Council on Disability on “First Responders and Disability,” you can read our summary of the event with key takeaways, speakers, and a list of panelists. This summary gives readers a brief overview of the event, as well as serves as a great piece to help start the conversation in your community. You can read the summary here and see the archived footage here



Join UCP for the “Speak for Yourself” Twitter Chat on 2/15 at 2:00 PM EST!
Self-Advocacy is an essential part of the Patient-Centered Research (PCOR) approach. This Twitter chat aims to give participants the tools and strategies they need to effectively communicate their needs when it comes to their health. It will also discuss what individuals would like to see when it comes to making their health care experience more accessible, how to be a better self-advocate, the current barriers to effective care, and much more. Join UCP and other advocates for this important conversation by following UCP on Twitter @UCPNational and using #UCPSFY. Read More


New Blog Series Debuts on My Life Without Limits
For individuals with disabilities, finding safe, affordable, and accessible sexual and reproductive care can often be a barrier when it comes to their overall health. UCP’s Public Education Associate, Karin Hitselberger, explores how to better advocate for yourself when it comes to you sexual and reproductive health. This post is the first of a new series on UCP’s My Life Without Limits blog called “We Need to Talk About…,” where we explore different aspects of the healthcare experience for people with disabilities. Read More

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Thoughts on the Future of Healthcare


UCP’s Programs and Development Intern, Tanya Kantak, visited the U.S. Capitol for a discussion on the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a new blog post for the Voices of UCP blog, Tanya discusses her experience being a part of a health policy conversation, stories from advocates, and what she learned faces the future of healthcare for people with disabilities. Check out the blog here.


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Make your plans for the 2017 Disability Policy Seminar
Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2017 Disability Policy Seminar. The seminar is being held March 20-22, 2017 at The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. Get more information, register, and book your room today! Early Registration ends February 20th! Read More





Eau Claire Couple Finds Love Thanks to UCP of West Central Wisconsin
When Joe Brownell’s mother introduced him to her coworker Sarah, it was love at first sight. Sarah, a Nebraska native, reached out to UCP of Western Central Wisconsin for employment and housing services, and ended up working alongside Joe’s mother at a home improvement store. Joe and Sarah were both born with Cerebral Palsy and began dating in 2006. After two years of dating, Joe proposed to Sarah at an orchard and they were married two years later. Of their relationship, Joe says: “We balance each other out. What I can’t do she can do and what she can’t do I can do. That’s what makes us great I think.” Read More


Watch the “What Matters to You?” Webinar now!
Did you miss UCP’s “Speak for Yourself: What Matters to You?” Webinar? We’ve got you covered. Follow along with the presentations and find out more about how people with disabilities can become active in their own health. The topics cover in the webinar include: an introduction to the Patient-Centered Research approach, how to be a self-advocate, building a support network, much more. View the webinar here.



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