The Holidays with a Special Needs Child

College Students Making a Difference for Children with Disabilities this Holiday Season

Sixteen students at the University of Georgia are helping to make sure children of all abilities can enjoy the holiday season– by creating toys specifically designed for children with motor disabilities. The students are taking an assistive technology class called “Geeks With a Cause,” a part of the university’s Freshman Odyssey program, which pairs small groups of first-year students with professors teaching specialized topics.

The toys crafted by the students included larger controls and switches, making it easier for the children to play with them. One young girl with limited muscle control received a toy with adapted switches, which she was able to use to turn the toy on and off. “For her to be able to do something functional, for her to be able to do that; this is very exciting,” her mother said.

The adapted toys brought joy and tears to the toy recipients and their families, and touched the lives of the students in the class. Click here to read more!

One Parent’s Tips for the Holidays

Part of My Child Without Limits’ (MCWL) work is to help support its online community of parents and caregivers who share their ideas, experiences and inspiration with each other. One mother recently shared her tips to help parents of children with autism navigate the holidays. These tips include not going overboard with the decorations and shopping, finding help way in advance for parties, remembering the meaning of the holiday season and more. You can check out these tips by clicking here, and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) and MCWL wish everyone a happy holiday season!

Giving Tuesday- Thank You!

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, UCP-OC joined a call to action celebrating a day dedicated to giving. Begun in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season, and follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday proves that the holidays can be about both giving and giving back. It celebrates how Americans can do more with their wallets than just shop – and that we Americans can give as good as we get. See our holiday story here.

Thank you to everyone who helped support this year’s #GivingTuesday. Its success would not have been possible without you!

We Want to Hear From You

We love to share our families’ success stories. You can share these with Elizabeth Eckman, UCP-OC’s Marketing & Development Coordinator, at eeckman@ucp-oc.org. Tell us how you and your child live your lives without limits! Your stories could be featured on UCP’s websites, social media or in other UCP campaigns. We’ve already heard from many of you, so stay tuned to see more amazing stories and photos!

As always, we encourage everyone to visit our  Facebook page and website. If you ever have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact Elizabeth.

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