The Gift of a Stroller

One of the things we like to do on the blog is to share with you stories that parents have given us about their child whose life has been tangibly influenced by UCP-OC. Here is one of those stories..

What a difference a stroller can make in a person’s life! When Jeremy and his family applied to get a much needed new stroller, Regional Center gave them a wheelchair. A stroller is a collapsible, portable, light weight wheelchair that allows an individual to participate in walks, hikes and even runs! Since, the Bacon family does not own a wheelchair-friendly car they were unable to make use of the chair. A wheelchair is very difficult to transport, especially for an active young man.

Through the aid of the Bellows grant, United Cerebral Palsy was able to provide Jeremy with a brand new stroller. The gift got to the family at the perfect time, the day before Jeremy’s graduation at Orange Coast Community College.  Without the new stroller, Jeremy would have had to roll across the stage in his old stroller, one he had out grown by two feet! Not only did Jeremy use the stroller provided at graduation, but he continues to use it daily. He especially enjoys riding around the pier and the park. Thanks to the help of UCP-OC, Jeremy will be able to use this gift for many years to come!

If you have a story you would like to share please email it to Elizabeth, ewylie@ucp-oc.org.

Written by: Ellie

What is all the talk about the Debt Ceiling?

I don’t know about you, but this whole budget crisis is difficult to keep track of! I have been trying to remain diligent (as I’m sure you have) on what conversations have been going on and how this remains to be relevant to UCP-OC  and our families here.

That being said, I thought I would give you a break and give you a wealth of information and links to find out all about what is happening. (no pun intended 🙂 )

Lets start with a little background on the issue:

Washington is looking for ways to remedy the cavernous hole that two wars and increased spending has created. They are turning to cuts in Social Security and Medicaid.  Unfortunately, when it comes to the debt ceiling people do not think about disabilities, but rather other more prominent issues such as retirement and veterans. Many special needs families rely on Medicaid to pay for services, prescriptions and other community-based supports. If Medicaid is decreased further it will greatly affect UCP-OC and you.

As an organization we have moved from being dependent on government funding to becoming a government assisted organization. We have already shifted our focus to philanthropy; relying on our families and donors to make up 50% of our funding in order to remain offering the same services.

With Medicaid under fire, and families frightened that their loved one’s livelihood will be stripped away disability advocacy groups moved to Washington to speak with the Obama administration on the issue.

To watch President Obama’s address to the issue follow this link: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/ObamaonB:

UCP’s national affiliate  has stared a campaign to put a face on Medicaid. This has made the issue real and hard hitting to those who are not informed on who Medicaid affects.

To find out more:

http://www.ucp.org/public-policy/faces-of-medicaid

http://www.ucp.org/public-policy/faces-of-medicaid/stories-from-across-the-nation

As stated above, we rely on your generosity to remain serving you to the best of our ability! Even a gift of $20 goes a long way to help a child live their life without limits!

Donate Now!

http://www.ucp-oc.org/UCP/WaysToGive_Donate.php?type=default

Leave us a comment and tell us what you think or how this affects you!

Written by: Elizabeth Wylie

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Summer has officially arrived and things are changing here at UCP-OC! We have two new employees (one being me) and a desire to really get to know you! (our lovely families at UCP-OC)

So as we get to know you, its only fair you learn a little more about me! I wrote a little blurb a few months ago, but my name is Elizabeth and I was the intern here but now I am a full-time employee! I  graduated from Azusa Pacific University and I’m eager to learn about all of you. I love making pizzas from scratch (prosciutto and arugula is my personal favorite), I am a huge cupcake fan and love the fireworks at Disneyland! I am from good ol’ Huntington Beach, but big surprise I have an irrational fear of waves and therefore don’t surf. Last but not least, I LOVE taking pictures on my iPhone and sharing them. Here are just a couple pictures of the things I love (taken on my iPhone of course) :]

 

My hope is to give you information about things going on inside as well as outside UCP-OC, let you learn a little bit more about the families that come here through focusing on one child a month, as well as just creating conversations. I love the word community; a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage. I think we have the potential to create a great community through our passion for children with special needs. I really want this blog to be a place where information is given, but also where questions are answered!!

Here is how we create community!

  • Talk to us on Facebook! Give us ideas of what you want to hear from us, what you love at UCP-OC, something funny your child did that day or how we can serve you better! A good story makes my day so I would love to hear some!
  • Email me at ewylie@ucp-oc.org if you would like your child to be our child of the month! It could be a great way to give you family and friends the opportunity to learn what is going on in your child’s life.
  • Send us pictures of your child in action that we can share with everyone else!
  • Comment on a blog post! Maybe you have a personal experience or have tried something we are writing about. Let us know what you think!

Life is meant to be shared and that’s what I want to do! So nice to meet you and I can’t wait to hear from you! I think Mr. Rogers says it perfectly, “Won’t  you be my neighbor?”

Cheers,

Elizabeth