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UCP Receives 3-Year CARF Accreditation!

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We are proud to announce that UCP of MetroBoston has received a three-year accreditation from CARF!  Here is what CARF Surveyors had to say about us during their visit.

"UCP is led by a group of dedicated, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable individuals who embrace change and continually strive to provide meaningful enhancements to services. A high level of professionalism and a cooperative, respectful working environment are evident."


"UCP has dedicated and passionate staff members at all levels. Individuals appear happy with services, appear engaged to the extent they desire, and have a great relationship with the staff members. The sites appear safe and personalized, and have a relaxed atmosphere."

For more information about CARF, please visit our Accreditation page or www.carf.org.

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Able Art for Kids!

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Able Arts for Kids will be held during UCP's Art Exhibition at The Arsenal Project, 485 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA.  Children with or without disabilities are welcome to participate in these sessions to create art with adaptive euipment.
 
Sessions:
June 16th1pm - 2pm(Ages 0-12)
June 20th11am - 12pm(Ages 0-12)
June 20th1pm - 2pm(Ages 13+)

Children under 13 years of age will need parent or guardian supervision.

To RSVP, please contact Shawna Carpenter at or (331) 221-0312.
 
Funding provided in part by the Watertown Community Foundation.

UCP Art Exhibit June 15-20!

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UCP's Art Show will be at the Arsenal Project in the Innovation space located at 485 Arsenal Street, Watertown.
 
Gallery Hours:
 
June 15th - 18th12:30pm - 3:30pm
June 19th (Public Reception)6:30pm - 8:00pm
June 20th11:00am - 2:00pm
 
 
 
Funding provided in part by the Watertown Community Foundation.

The Walk Has Moved To September!

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Walk & Roll & September = Steptember!

We are excited to share with you that UCP of MetroBoston’s Walk and Roll scheduled to be held on Sunday, June 7th has been moved to this coming September or should we say ‘Steptember’! You will now be joining Walkers and Rollers from throughout the U.S., Australia, Canada and the Netherlands ‘Stepping it Up’ for UCP! Watch for news on this major event coming soon!

Questions? Please call Sheri at 617.600.2450 or email: . See you in ‘Steptember’!


A Great Day on the Green!

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Thank you to everyone that joined us for our 'Life Without Limits Golf Tournament'!  The funds raised at this event will go to support our programs, services, and, most importantly, the individuals that we serve.

Please click HERE to visit our Golf Tournament photo gallery to view pictures from the event.


Thank You For Joining Us!

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Thank you to all who attended our Springfest event. It proved to be a successful night both for fundraising and our guests. Thank you again to Mojo Mambo and Craft Beer Cellar Belmont! Now onto Golf and Walking and Rolling!

Check out photos from Springfest here: Springfest Album


Cesar Receives ADDP's DSP Award!

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Congratulations to Cesar Segura who received the Metro Region Direct Support Professional Award at the ADDP conference. UCP is thrilled to have him working at one of our residential homes.  Thank you, Cesar for improving the lives of the men with whom you work!


Join our Growing Family!

UCP of MetroBoston is growing and we are looking for caring and passionate individuals to help carry out our mission of advancing the independence, full citizenship and productivity of people with disabilities.  We've added three new job openings on our Careers Page this week! 

Want to make a difference?  Join our team.  Browse the list of job openings here:

http://ucpboston.org/about-ucp/careers-at-ucp

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New 'My Ability' Video!

Our latest addition to the My Ability video series features a very talented artist, Em.  Em shared some of her amazing artwork with us and invited us to stay during her art lesson.

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to stay up to date with our newest video uploads.

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How Can Your Used Car Help UCP?

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 When you donate a car to UCP of MetroBoston, you directly effect a positive change in the lives of individuals with disabilities. Proceeds benefit our programs and services in a way that allow the individuals we serve to live a life without limits.  So if you are shopping for a new car or have one in the driveway collecting dust, please consider donating your used car to UCP of MetroBoston by clicking HERE or by calling 1-877-UCP-CAR1 (827-2271).  Thank you for support!


Springfest Scheduled for April 16th

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Our Winterfest Celebration scheduled for Thursday, February 26 has been postponed.

Please join us as we celebrate UCP at our Springfest, Thursday, April 16th at the Commander’s Mansion!


Weekly Cerebral Palsy Research News

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Get weekly updates on the latest prevention and intervention research on cerebral palsy, as indexed in the NCBI PubMed (Medline) and Entrez (GenBank) databases.

Access all past Research Newsletters here: https://research.cerebralpalsy.org.au/news-and-events/cp-research-news/

Click here to subscribe to the newsletter.


Day Hab Creates Blankets for Cat Shelter

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Consumers at Community Experience help create blankets for cats at the Gifford Cat Shelter in Brighton.

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Support UCP on Giving Tuesday

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Black Friday! Cyber Monday! Giving Tuesday!


Celebrate the season of giving by supporting United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston, December 2, 2014. Giving Tuesday is a world-wide day of giving back……. Please support the work that is being done here at UCP as we promote…life without limits for people with disabilities.


Creative Arts Program

United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston recently received a grant from the Watertown Community Foundation in order to support its Creative Arts Program. Through the Creative Arts Program, UCP provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in and explore a variety of classes and programs while providing an accessible space, assistive technology and adapted equipment as needed. This grant will support the organization in expanding classes to children with disabilities and increase collaborations with seniors and local artist in the Watertown community.

Starting in November, there will be two classes offered. Mixed Media is taught by a Recreational Aide who has a background in fine arts. The class will allow participants to explore a variety of media including screen printing, canvas, paint, and crafts with themes related to the changing seasons and upcoming holidays. The Cooking Class will be taught by a Therapy Aide and will focus on cooking styles and techniques and will include preparing a variety of dishes from breakfast foods to desserts. Classes meet in Watertown at UCP’s Day Habilitation Program from 4:45 – 6:15 PM. The cost for each of these classes is $150 for 10 weeks for activities. For more information or to register, contact Kathy at 617-924-2771.


A Mother's Story - Puzzo Family

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Touching story told by Nicole Puzzo, founder of Stepping Stones for Stella and mother of two amazing girls.  Join us as we visit with this UCP family and hear about their beautiful journey with daughter Stella, who has cerebral palsy.  Stella is the inspiration for the Stepping Stones Beach Buggy.

For more information about Stepping Stones for Stella, please visit www.steppingstonesforstella.org.


My Ability - Sailing Video

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The latest video from our new 'My Ability' series is up on our YouTube Channel.  Watch as Phil sails the Charles River in Community Boating's adaptive sail boat!

Check out our YouTube Channel here.


What is Options for Community Living?

The Options for Community Living Program is a community-based supported living model of services implemented to meet the needs of individuals with developmental/physical disabilities. Individuals receive supports while residing in accessible apartments in eastern Massachusetts communities. The service model resembles that of independent living programs with additional supports to address skill areas which an individual cannot presently manage independently.

We had a chance to speak with Dudley and Lynn about this program, check out what they had to say.

For more information, please visit the Options for Community Living program page.


UCP to Open New Home

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We are proud to announce that we are opening a new home. We will keep you updated as we get closer. Hopefully we will be serving a big Thanksgiving Dinner there by November! Pictured is the architectural design of the new home!


Team Hoyt Joins Steptember

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United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is honored to announce that Team Hoyt, Rick Hoyt of Sturbridge, MA and Dick Hoyt of Holland, MA, will serve as the 2014 Steptember event Ambassadors.

Steptember is a four-week event to raise awareness and support for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Beginning on September 3, teams from around the world will challenge themselves to take 10,000 steps a day and fundraise along the way— and nearly any activity, including biking, physical therapy and yoga, can be converted into steps. Find out more about the event and how you can participate on the Steptember website.

Team Hoyt will lend their “Yes You Can” attitude to rally teams participating in this year’s Steptember event. Last year, over 10,000 people worldwide participated in the challenge and raised nearly $1 million. Team Hoyt is committed to helping make this year’s event an even bigger success!

Rick Hoyt may use a wheelchair, but that has not stopped him from competing in over 1100 athletic events across the past 37 years. Together, Rick and his father Dick are known across the disability community and race circuit as Team Hoyt. They have run in 70 marathons – 32 of them being the Boston Marathon – and have competed in over 250 triathlons. After the pair’s first race in 1977, Rick said running felt like his disability disappeared. He felt free.

Rick was born in 1962 as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy– but despite these disabilities, Rick’s mind and spirit have always been strong. His family supported his quest for independence and inclusion in community, sports, education, and the workplace, culminating with his graduation from Boston University in 1993.

Dick travels the country doing corporate and community presentations, educating the public about disability awareness, and promoting the Team Hoyt motto: “Yes You Can.” Through his presentations, Dick shares his lifelong commitment to changing attitudes and educating others on the world of disabilities. We look forward to seeing this message empower Steptember affiliates, participants, and supporters to adopt the same mentality between now, the event’s conclusion on September 30th, and beyond!

“Our family is personally affected by disability and we know first-hand what perseverance can accomplish. Joining in the Steptember campaign, like a entering a marathon, is a way to show the world what you can do once you have committed to something,” said Dick Hoyt. “When asked to be a part of Stepember, Rick and I accepted right away, as this campaign aligns with the Team Hoyt mission of empowering people with disabilities”

“Dick and Rick Hoyt are the perfect ambassadors for Steptember. They truly embody their motto – “Yes You Can” – and show individuals with disabilities, their families, and the people who care about them how to ‘live a life without limits,’” said Stephen Bennett, President and CEO of UCP. “We are proud that they are on board to help inspire us all to take 10,000 steps a day toward an admirable goal.”


 

Source: www.ucp.org