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Congrats Laura! - Employee of the Quarter

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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”.

Halloween Without Limits!

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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.

Thank you for helping get the word out!

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!

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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!

Special thanks to:

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!

Let's Get Moving!

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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.

Register For Steptember Today!

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Challenge yourself to take 10,000 steps for 28 days and raise vital funds for people living with disabilities.

Click HERE to register or visit

Congrats Andis! - Employee of the Quarter

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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…”

Support UCP through AmazonSmile!

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Now you can support our programs and services just by shopping on!  A portion of your purchase on is donated to UCP of MetroBoston.  Start by clicking HERE to set UCP of MetroBoston as your charitable organization and then use 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.

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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

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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.
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:

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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:

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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