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.
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.
We are proud to announce that we are opening a new home in Stoughton. This home will be funded through the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver through the Department of Developmental Services. We have 4 wonderful ladies patiently waiting for a move in date. 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!
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.”
The Watertown Community Foundation awarded United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston a 2014 Educational Program Grant to support UCP's Creative Arts Program last night. We would like to thank the Watertown Community Foundation for their support, we are honored to receive this grant.
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. Some of the offerings over the past years have included adapted karate, photography, painting, watercolors, exploring art and food from other cultures, and healthy cooking classes.
Not only does the Creative Arts Program meet a need both socially and educationally for the individuals who participate in the classes, but an ongoing goal for UCP is to educate community members on the abilities of individuals with disabilities and how their often unrecognized skills can contribute to the community. UCP believes that it is important to focus on what the individuals supported can do, not what they can’t and to provide and support a Life without Limits for People with Disabilities. With that goal in mind, UCP has been able to hire Watertown High School students to serve as assistants within the classes. This opportunity has had a significant impact on the students who got to know and understand adults with disabilities despite their differences and going forward will impact how the students interact with people they may meet as they move on to college and their adult careers.
The funds requested from this grant would enable UCP to expand the program offerings, include classes specifically for children, enable the organization to continue to employ Watertown High School students and to be able to exhibit some of the art work within the community so as to expand upon the community educational component of the program.
To learn more about the Watertown Community Foundation, please visit http://www.watertownfoundation.org/.
Thank you to everyone that joined us at the Franklin Park Zoo and supported our Family Day event. It was a beautiful day to out with family and friends. Your contribution will go a long way to strengthen the programs and services for the individuals we serve.
We graciously thank Leonard, Mulherin and Greene, P.C. for their generosity as our ‘Life without Limits Gold Sponsor’ for a second year in a row.
Leonard Mulherin and Greene, P.C.
Arbella Insurance Foundation
Mr. Jason Archambault / Eastern Salt Company
Mr. George Curtis
Mr. Peter Howard
Middlesex Savings Bank
Tee Hole Sponsorship
Arcadis U.S. Inc.
ArcLIght Information Technology
Environmental Partners Group, Inc.
James Sheehan Landscaping
Mutual of America
O’Connor & Drew
The LaCivita Family
New England Golf Guide
We are proud to share this nomination letter sent to Boston.com's 'Salute to Nurses' for our very own nurse, Joan McGreal. Thank you for the amazing work you do!
In order to meet the ever changing needs of the community, UCP has recently expanded its programs. Creative In-Home Supports was founded to directly affirm our commitment to advancing the independence and productivity of the aging population. We were previously focused on state covered services, but are now offering services on a sliding fee scale, including case management, companionship, safety assessments, medication management, personal care attendants, and adult family/foster care.
Our first endeavor with this program is occupying a booth at the AARP Life@50+ event at the Boston Convention Center May 8th through May 10th. We are excited about expanding our reach to positively impact the lives of more people, while having a greater presence in our community
UCP is looking for a part time RN to work in the Adult Family Care program (AFC). This is a flexible 20 hour a week position.
Qualifications: RN with Massachusetts current license. Candidate must have familiarity with disability population.
Responsibilities: The RN is essential to the AFC department to ensure quality services to consumers through adherence to regulations and expectations set by funding sources. The RN is the leader in the department for clinical assessments of consumer’s needs and acts as the liaison to various involved parties to the consumers programs. Work closely with the AFC Program Team to respond to inquiries and any issues presented to the team. Conduct in home assessments throughout Massachusetts to determine eligibility for MassHeath funded services. Attend MassHealth meetings and respond to clinical inquiries and clinical referrals from the Division of Medical Assistance.
UCP is an equal opportunity employer.
Make a Difference; Come Join our Team!
Thank you for your interest in United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston. The staff at UCP of MetroBoston are dedicated to supporting people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities and committed to disability awareness. Are you interested in making a difference? Browse our list of open positions and submit your resume today.
Click here for the Job Application.
UCP is partnering with UNO Pizzeria and Grill! From April 13 through April 20, all you have to do is print out this ticket and bring it with you to any participating UNO locations. A portion of your check will come right back to support our programs and services! The more people that go, the more money we raise to continue advancing out mission of advancing the independence, full citizenship and productivity of people with disabilities. Please print and share the ticket with your friends and families. Thank you for your support!
Participating UNOs locations: Dedham, Harvard Square, Huntington Ave, Boylston Street, and Kenmore Square.
In honor of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, we asked Phil what he thought the world should know about Cerebral Palsy. See what he had to say.
The Painting Group at Community Experience learned about Russian painter Kandinsky and created their own impressions of his circle paintings.
The Connections Group at our day services program received a visit from a Veterinarian and a dog named Jackie. The group invited Susan, a Veterinarian, to come speak to them about her job. They also had Emily (a Marquardt volunteer) and her dog, Jackie, come so that they could all pet the dog and ask questions about her.
Each group member was given an opportunity to ask questions about Susan's job and they prepared their questions before her visit. Each person knew exactly what they wanted to say and when to say it and the whole exchange was effortless and very educational. Some of the clients were able to ask their questions independently while other clients were able to ask questions using a device that played pre-recorded questions. UCP group leaders also assisted clients by reading out loud questions that clients had written down. All group participants were very interested in what Susan had to say and listened intently.
Submitted by Brenda
Here is Brian using his Livescribe pen. The pen is beneficial because Brian can activate the pen with one hand independently and can record his school lectures and can record his own voice since he cannot write. He has set up an Evernote account and keeps his files there. What he records can be retrieved on his computer to be used at a later date. Brian thinks the smart pen is amazing and thinks it will be very helpful with his school work as he continues to master all of the features. We feel that it is great because it fosters independence thus increasing his self esteem in the school setting.
For more information about the Livescribe pen click here.
We'd like to wish you a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve. Happy New Year!
UCP's Craft Fair is being held at our Community Experience day program today until 2:30pm. If you're in the Watertown area today, be sure to check it out. There will be jewelry, holiday decorations, and even tasty treats.
Our Community Experience program is located at 122 Main Street Watertwon, MA 02472. Hope to see you there!