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Chelsea Groton Foundation Presents UCP with Award

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On Monday, November 26th, Chelsea Groton Foundation presented UCP with a grant of $5,000 at UCP's board meeting.  The grant will support under-served children and adults with diverse disabilities through UCP's Disability Support Program.  UCP would like to thank Chelsea Groton Foundation for their generous support.  Pictured above from left to right is Peg Morrison, Executive Director of UCP, Dave Hammerstrom from Chelsea Groton Bank, and Dawn Mather, President of UCP's Board.  More information on the Disability Support Program can be found here: http://www.ucpect.org/services/community-services


Charter Oak Credit Union Awards UCP with Grant

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UCP would like to thank Charter Oak Credit Union for their generous grant of $1,000 to support the Disability Support Program received on November 26th.  This grant will help under-served children and adults with diverse disabilities through UCP's Disability Support Program.  Pictured above is Michelle Bussolotti, Disability Support Coordinator.  More information on the Disability Support Program can be found here: http://www.ucpect.org/services/community-services  


Old Saybrook Enjoys Music Therapy

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On Friday, November 16th, clients in UCP's Old Saybrook Day Program enjoyed music therapy.  Clients sang and danced to the music of Kendra Alling from Progressions Music Therapy Services.  A good time was has by all who participated!

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Thank you UCP Staff!

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Last week (November 5-9), UCP celebrated staff appreciation week at our Quaker Hill, Old Saybrook, and Groton offices.  Each day was dedicated to the following theme and food category: 

Monday - Theme: You take the cake!  Cupcake decorating contest where staff decorated, took picture, and voted on cupcake winner(s).  Food: Cupcakes!

Tuesday - Theme: I elect you because…Voting booth with superlatives, such as: best client advocate, best team player, funniest, most creative, etc.  FOOD: Breakfast!

Wednesday - Theme: "UCP soars thanks to our staff" with poster with an eagle in the center and words/phrases around it that exemplify why.  Food: Pizza lunch!

Thursday - Theme: You put the YOU in “YOU”CP.   Team t-shirt day!  Food: ice cream sundaes!

Friday - Theme: VOTING RESULTS Day luncheon.  Food: 6 foot long sub!

UCP would not be able to fulfill our mission to advance the independence and full citizenship of people with disabilities if it weren't for our dedicated, talented, and caring staff.  Each day you come to work, you make the lives of people with disabilities better.  You really do make a difference and are appreciated!


UCP Participates in Turkish Exchange

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Fencing, art, music, and jewelry making -all are just a few of the activities available to people with disabilities in Bursa Turkey at a place called, "Our House."  This September, UCP's Disability Support Coordinator, Michelle Bussolotti, ventured to Turkey to learn about how services are offered to people with disabilities and to offer her expertise.  Our House was among one of the programs Bussolotti visited and is a social program offered free of charge to children as young as five to senior citizens with diverse disabilities.   "Many people I work with who have disabilities feel isolated and alone.  What is inspiring about this program is how it breaks that isolation and empowers people with disabilities.  Our House is really like a club for its members.  I would imagine a number of people I work with would be interested in having a program like this in the States," Bussolotti elaborated.   Our House also has an on staff psychologist who helps families get connected with the proper supports, much as Bussolotti does at UCP of Eastern Connecticut.

Bussolotti's trip to Turkey was part of a program entitled,  "Young Turkey/Young America Nonprofit/NGO/Grassroots Leaders Exchange Program" through the Global Training and Development Institute and University of Connecticut Nonprofit Leadership Program.  The program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and sought to exchange 16 professionals from each country in similar fields to form US/Turkish relations and learn from each other.  Last June, Ayşe Hacıoğlu from Bursa's City Council visited UCP to learn about how American non-profits are structured and how services are delivered to people with disabilities. Hacıoğlu coordinates efforts to serve people with disabilities, as well as youth and women through mobilizing volunteers.  In Turkey, volunteers provide substantial support to non-profits, or civil society organizations or NGO's as they are referred to in the country.  

Many people with disabilities in Turkey are cared for at home with their families.  Programs like Our House serve as a form of respite for families.  Hacıoğlu and Bussolotti plan to continue their collaborations in the future.  Hacıoğlu would like to initiate a public awareness campaign to help families know what services are available.  Though there are wonderful programs like Our House available, many families do not know about them.  Bussolotti intends to continue to serve as a support as Hacıoğlu increases awareness of services.  Both fellows learned a lot from each-other's countries and plan to use that knowledge to better the lives of people with disabilities in both countries.

 

 


UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY CELEBRATES FIRST WORLD CP DAY, LAUNCHES GLOBAL FITNESS CHALLENGE

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United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern Connecticut celebrates the first annual World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day today, September 7th, with the launch of the World Cerebral Palsy Challenge, an international awareness and fundraising campaign designed to provide critical funds in support of people living with cerebral palsy.  The official World CP day started Tuesday, September 4th, but due to inclement whether, UCP had to wait till today to kick-off the challenge at Poquonock Plains Park in Groton.  

World CP Day marks the beginning of a month dedicated to making the world better for individuals with cerebral palsy. Through the “Change my World in 1 Minute” campaign, individuals are encouraged to submit videos, texts or audio files of approximately one minute with ideas about how to change the lives of people with cerebral palsy through improved mobility, independence, accessibility, communication or social connection. For the entire month of September, anyone can log on and vote at: http://www.worldcpday.org for the ideas they think would make a real difference in people’s lives. An international World Cerebral Palsy Day panel will review the most popular submissions and award grants to researchers, innovators and inventors to turn selected ideas into reality.
 
“We are very excited to be celebrating the first World Cerebral Palsy Day, a day
which will help raise awareness and support for people living with CP, as well as
make a real difference in their lives. Through the “Change My World in 1 Minute”
campaign, innovative ideas and products will be realized and used to improve the
lives of millions of people around the world,” said Stephen Bennett, President &
CEO of UCP.
 
Close to 50 nations across the globe are planning awareness activities for the day, a remarkable number for this inaugural years. For a complete list of international organizations participating in the day, go to http://www.worldcpday.com.
 
World CP Day also marks the launch of the World CP Challenge, a month-long campaign that encourages people to get active and support individuals living with cerebral palsy. Throughout September, more than 1,000 teams comprising close to 5,000 participants and organizations around the world will compete as teams to exercise and fundraise. Each team and participant will track their daily steps with a pedometer; however, they are not limited to just walking to participate. The Challenge website offer participants a list of 40 activities —including activities for people living with disabilities— that also can count toward their daily step total. As the team’s steps are entered, their progress will be tracked as they climb their own virtual mountain representing the seven tallest peaks on the globe. The funds raised will support vital services and groundbreaking research to help people with CP.
 
“The World CP Challenge is a great way for people around the world to step- up, get involved, and support the approximately 57 million Americans living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, as well as the estimated 650 million individuals worldwide. By committing to just one month of activities, anyone can help to make a lasting difference for those living with and impacted by disabilities,” Bennett said. “I challenge everyone to take part and walk, step, roll or run their way to supporting people with cerebral palsy around the world.”
 
Cerebral palsy is a physical disability caused by an injury to the developing brain, which usually occurs before birth. It affects movement and is a lifelong condition, but its impact varies from person to person. United Cerebral Palsy works with its nearly 100 affiliates throughout the country to educate, advocate and provide services for people living with a spectrum of disabilities, such as housing, physical therapy, assistive technology training, early intervention services, individual and family support, social and recreational programs, community living, and employment assistance.


My Life with Words -Meet Chloe


*UPDATE*  On December 30th, UCP announced Chloe Mason-Mann as the second recipient of an iPad from UCP's Bellow's Fund and Disability Support Program.  Chloe is a three year-old girl with Down Syndrome who only had a verbal vocabulary of 5 words when the Disability Support Coordinator, Michelle Bussolotti, met her on December 28, 2011.  However, Chloe could communicate and had about 100 words in her sign language vocabulary.  Children with Down Syndrome learn best with multi-sensory input that is visual, interactive, repetitive, expansive, and reinforces previously learned skills.  This makes the iPad a perfect learning device.  The Disability Support Coordinator deemed Chloe would be a good candidate for iPad therapy to help advance her speech and communication.  Chloe's progress since using the iPad has amazed Chloe's Mother, the Disability Support Coordinator, and Chloe's Speech Pathologist.  As of February 29, 2012 – just two months after receiving the iPad– Chloe’s verbal vocabulary had gone from 5 to 50 words!  
 
Besides developing speech, Chloe has been using the iPad to further her sign language vocabulary, develop fine motor skills, learn shapes and colors, and develop her musical abilities.  In addition, the skills learned on the iPad transfer into Chloe's life even when she doesn't have the iPad, as is shown in the above video.  This has been an exciting development for Chloe!  Communication is key to the human experience and the skills derived from the iPad will be with Chloe for the rest of her life!
 

UCP’s Disability Support Program is Funded by:

United Way, Chelsea Groton Foundation, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Dime Bank Foundation, Eastern Federal Bank Foundation, Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, People’s United Community Foundation, RS Gernon Fund, AT&T, Bellows Fund, Pfizer's United Way contributions, Miracle Temple Church, Travelers, Niantic Lions, CT Elks, Kostin Ruffkess, Electric Boat Employees Community Services Fund, UCP fundraisers and individual contributions.

Thank you!