Congratulations Brenna Jane Chaisson, recipient of this year’s UCP of MetroBoston’s College Scholarship Award. Brenna will be attending Worcester State University this coming September.
Best of luck, Brenna!
A Memory Café is a welcoming place for people
with memory challenges and their care partner. It
provides an opportunity to meet others who are
experiencing similar issues. The Café will provide
for conversation, light refreshments and an activity
that gives everyone a chance to try something new
and have some fun.
Drop ins are welcome, but RSVPs are appreciated.
Please contact Shawna at 339-221-0312
for more information or to RSVP.
The United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston University Scholarship, administrated by United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston Association, Inc., will award two, (2) $1,000.00 scholarships to outstanding college bound high school seniors, and/or current undergraduate and graduate students, residing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Students must have a medical diagnosis of a physical disability. The committee will award scholarships to students to be applied directly towards tuition at an accredited college or university.
United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities.
The application deadline is May 8, 2016. The application can be downloaded here:
Congratulations to Ingrid Worrell on winning UCP’s Employee of the Quarter Award! Ingrid was chosen out of a group of four other outstanding employees. The person who nominated Ingrid said that she has the “ability to cope with added tasks and pressure, while remaining professional and composed...The home(s) are so well maintained which reflects a team of staff dedicated to UCP’s mission as directed by Ingrid. [She] has invested years of her career into developing relationships with her individuals and their families and it is clear when you attend the holiday party for her cluster as so many individuals and their family members make the time to attend and thank her for her efforts.”
Thursday evening, UCP of MetroBoston awarded two children, Mateo Sodano, age 12, and Sean Hogan, age 11 their own voices through Dr. Patel’s innovative VocaliD technology! Needless to say Mateo and Sean’s families are elated, but this couldn’t have happened without your generous gifts that evening. During the next year, we will follow Mateo and Sean’s VocaliD journey and keep you updated on their progress!
We are proud to announce that we have partnered with VOCALiD. VOCALiD was founded by Rupal Patel, PhD in an effort to give individuals with disabilities a unique voice.
To learn more about VOCALiD, please visit www.vocalid.co/.
“As an educator, I believe that all children should be given equal opportunities to learn and grow. I believe it’s critical to inform students about what a disability is, and specifically, how one can preserver through such challenges to achieve personal goals.
Most importantly, it is my hope that running for UCP of MetroBoston will encourage others to give back to their communities. Our country provides many opportunities for us; it is a dream of mine for others to be able to appreciate and give back. The message about pursuing life’s passions while dealing with the realities of disability was inspiring”.
It began as dream which was added to their bucket list…something that both Brittany and Amy wanted to accomplish since they met in college. Now these two friends are in training and getting ready to check this one off….participating as qualified runners in the 120th Boston Marathon. And we are pleased to announce they are running on behalf of UCP of MetroBoston with the goal of raising $2,500.00 for our organization.
Brittany, a teacher at the Dexter Southfield School became interested in cerebral palsy while attending a Disability Awareness Presentation at the school by guests from UCP of MetroBoston. It was then she knew she had to do something, and running on behalf of UCP was a win-win for her.
After sharing inspiring stories with one of Brittany’s best friends, Amy, they knew that they wanted and needed to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. UCP’s tagline ‘Life without limits for people with disabilities’ had now become theirs as well. Thank you, Brittany and Amy! UCP will be cheering you along the Marathon route!
Click HERE to donate to Brittany and Amy’s Run for CP. Type "Brittany and Amy" in the text box under "Donation or Gift" so we know that you are supporting Brittany and Amy in their efforts.
Online registration for our 'Women Creating Life Without Limits' celebration is now open! This event will be held on March 31, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm at the Commander's Mansion in Watertown. Please visit ucpwwcc.eventbrite.com to purchase your tickets today.
For more information, check out the Women Creating Life Without Limits Event Page.
Rupal Patel, Ph. D. and Donna L. Nimec, MD MS will be honored at our 'Women Creating Life Without Limits' Celebration on March 31, 2016. This event will be held at the Commander's Mansion in Watertwon, MA. Please take a moment to watch Dr. Patel's TED Talk on how she created unique synthetic voices.
We are excited to have comedian Steve Sweeney join us at this year’s ‘LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS GOLF TOURNAMENT’ which will take place Monday, May 16, 2016 at the beautiful Walpole Country Club. Pricing includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with cart, dinner, silent auction and of course raffles and games! Both corporate and individual sponsorships are available.
Walpole Country Club
10:30 am Registration & Box Lunch
11:30 am Tee-Off
5:00 pm Cocktail Reception
5:30 pm Dinner, Show, Awards & More
Sponsorship opportunities available
Dinner & Comedy Show only
For additional information on registration and sponsorships, contact:
Now in its fourth year, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Here are a couple of ways you can help support the amazing programs and services at UCP of MetroBoston this Giving Tuesday! Make a one-time donation or set up a monthly donation to UCP of MetroBoston HERE. You can also help support UCP when you shop on Amazon Smile. Just head over to Amazon Smile to select UCP of MetroBoston as your charitable organization. 0.5% of eligible purchases you make on smile.amazon.com this holiday season will go to support our programs and services. Thank you for your support!
To make a donation, please click HERE.
To select UCP as your Amazon Smile charitable organization, please click HERE.
Congratulations to Laura from Options on winning UCP’s Employee of the Quarter Award! Laura was chosen out of a group of six other outstanding employees. The person who nominated Laura said that she ‘displays consistent investment in not just the well-being of her clients, but their overall happiness and fulfillment in life, and centers the service and support she provides on such a high level of commitment .”
We also would like to congratulate the other five nominees:
Emily at Marquardt for her “ability to turn what may be a challenge for other seems not so much by assisting where it’s needed. She lends a hand with no hesitation and is willing to learn as she goes along. “
Ingrid, Program Director of Cluster One, because “she is someone who often steps up to the plate to volunteer for large and small agency events and day to day tasks and does so with a smile and little thanks. Ingrid is often at the helm of significant medical events and challenges with her consumers and handles these events with ease and professionalism”.
Amanda, Assistant Director of Independent Living, “continued to demonstrate her dedication to “Team Options” in a variety of ways. Throughout the quarter, Amanda selflessly continued to take on extra tasks and cover open cases while we searched for an additional staff person, ensuring that all consumers received the support they need. Amanda has been heavily involved in training two new staff during this quarter, passing along her incredible skill set, dedication, and the heart she puts into the team”.
Alyssa, Case Coordinator of In Home Supports, “has stayed later in the office to ensure deadlines are met and tasks are accomplished. She does not do this for those solely on her caseload, but for others served by the agency as well “.
Gabriella, Day Services SLP, not only without hesitation, but with extreme enthusiasm and commitment she was a key leader in the startup of the Wellness group. She took time out of her evening to continue to work through to lead the Wellness Group at one of our group homes. This is the type of person and UCP staff that she is and that engulfs an awesome work ethic”.
It's Time for #HalloweenWithoutLimits Help Us Get the Word Out about UCP's Digital Photo Costume Contest United Cerebral Palsy invites Halloween revelers of all ages to enter #Halloween Without Limits. No one should miss the fun of dressing up for Halloween because they have a disability which may not be accommodated by traditional costumes. So, UCP is encouraging creativity by rewarding costumes designed to work specifically for the unique challenges faced by people with disabilities.
Please invite your supporters and clients to share their most creative, kooky and fun costumes to our Facebook page by tagging @UCPNational and using the hashtag #HalloweenWithoutLimits. Simply share this email, share one of the Facebook posts we are putting up or share a link to our blog post explaining the contest. It doesn’t matter if they're a princess or a pirate, a ghost or a ghoul, as long as their costume accommodates their disability with flair!
Winners will be chosen based on the number of combined "likes", shares and comments on UCP's national Facebook page. There will also be a "Most Creative Costume" chosen by our staff. Photos of children under the age of 18 must be submitted by a parent or guardian.
How to Enter #HalloweenWithoutLimits:
1. "Like" UCP on Facebook.
2. Upload your photo(s) to our Facebook wall, using the hashtag #HalloweenWithoutLimits (entries without the hashtag won't be counted!)
3. Vote for your favorite photo(s) by "liking", commenting or sharing throughout the month of October! Be sure to share to get votes from family and friends!
4. Wait for the winners to be announced on Facebook on October 31 and notified via direct message. The prize is bragging rights and a feature in UCP's monthly Life Without Limits newsletter in November. We can't wait to see all of the creative and inclusive costume creations!
Thank you and congratulations to everyone who supported the international Steptember event. I am happy to say that we raised $6000 through the efforts of our participants!
Top 3 Funders! Cheers!
Roberta Jaro $1,739.50
Reva Bascom $920.00
Carly Golden $645.00
Top 3 Steppers! High Five!
Roberta Jaro 2,806,641
Reva Bascom 1,194,037
Shawn Rickets 1,143,432
Again, whether you participated in the event or were a member of the cheering squad...thank you!
This month UCP of MetroBoston is kicking off a Year of Health and Wellness for our employees and the individuals we support. Each month will have a different theme such as nutrition, stress awareness, or safety and will feature activities, events, and challenges related to that month's theme. September's theme is "Let's Get Moving" and was kicked off with line dancing and parachute games at both the day and residential programs. Our hope is that with an increase in awareness and understanding and by spending some time each month focusing on things we can all do to improve our overall wellness that staff and consumers will be supported to be a part of a happy, healthy UCP community. Now, let's get moving!
For more photos from the kick-off, please visit our Facebook album.
Congratulations to Andis Bala, LPN from Chapel Road on winning UCP’s first ever Employee of the Quarter Award! Andis was chosen out of a group of four other outstanding employees. The person who nominated Andis described him as “ always going beyond the parameters of his job… He is invested in the wellbeing of our consumers and always put forth the effort to enrich their lives. He has excellent knowledge of the flow of the home and is quick to identify the household needs… he is friendly, approachable, always has a positive attitude and has great integrity…”
Now you can support our programs and services just by shopping on Amazon.com! A portion of your purchase on Amazon.com is donated to UCP of MetroBoston. Start by clicking HERE to set UCP of MetroBoston as your charitable organization and then use Smile.Amazon.com when you shop. AmazonSmile is the same as Amazon. You will have access to the same products, same prices, and same Amazon Prime benefits.
Want to learn more about AmazonSmile? Click here.
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."