“My only goal was for us to survive. Without UCP-OC, I would’ve been totally lost. They helped me to understand a whole new world where each child and family has a different set of needs,” says Jody Weisberg.
Jody’s son Tosh was delivered stillborn by emergency C-section after an embolism took his mother’s life. Miraculously doctors resuscitated him but he spent three weeks in neonatal intensive care with extreme health issues, indicating a high risk for cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.
Upon release, he was immediately referred to UCP-OC Early Intervention one-on-one therapy, the first step on Tosh’s path to a Life Without Limits.
“Like every child at UCP-OC, my son Tosh is unique and special. He started Early Intervention Therapy at four weeks old. His wonderful therapist Moira and I felt joy each time he reached a milestone, from his initial massage therapy to later when he began to crawl at seven or eight months.
I stayed with Tosh’s UCP-OC therapy every step along the way. Therapy was a gradual process. I didn’t count my chickens before they hatched. I didn’t jump ahead. As the weeks and months went by I just kept setting new hopes for Tosh. Happily, he walked at 13 months and “graduated” from therapy. Now, at 3 ½ years old, he’s developmentally typical and an active student at our local pre-school,” says Weisberg.
In the U.S. one in six children has a developmental disability or delay. In Orange County, there has been an increase of more than 21% since 2004 in
children with developmental disabilities. At UCP-OC, your help transforms the lives of children with developmental disabilities into a Life Without Limits.
UCP-OC is Orange County’s comprehensive one-stop organization that
serves the individual, specific needs of children with a broad range of disabilities.
Services, support, knowledge and a very special sense of community are all under one roof where your help really counts.
That’s why I hope you’ll join us to help children like Tosh with your
generous support and care. Your donation today to UCP-OC will make a world of difference.
While all of the UCP-OC programs require community support, therapy has the greatest need. More than 11,000 physical, occupational and speech therapy sessions were provided last year. The additional $35 per hour it costs to provide life-changing services must come from community support. That is why your support is needed now.
Your donation today of just $70 provides two hours of therapy to help change the life of a child like Tosh. Your gift of $350 will provide ten hours of therapy.
Your support for UCP-OC is the first step toward a Life Without Limits for children (birth to 22 years) with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other developmental delays.
“I am forever grateful for your contributions to UCP-OC. With your support, Tosh and I were not alone in facing our challenges – and neither are thousands of others who benefit from your help.” says Weisberg.
Your generous donation today will ensure that children and their families receive the vital therapy and support services that they need to reach their full potential and live a Life Without Limits.
Each child at UCP-OC has their own story of challenge and accomplishment, and every child benefits from your support. We are all grateful to you because you listen with compassion and respond with your generous donations. You are our strength and our hope.
Chairman of the Board
UCP of Orange County
P.S. In 2016, to meet the community need, UCP-OC must provide more than 16,000 hours of life-changing therapy in Orange County for children with developmental disabilities – this means that many thousands of dollars in community support will be needed within a few months.