Spotlight: Nathan’s Life Without Limits with Respite from UCP-OC

At United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County (UCP-OC), our vision of a Life Without Limits for children with disabilities is central to all that we do. In addition to providing the therapies and resources children with special needs require to achieve their full potential, UCP-OC seeks to improve the quality of life for families like …

February Brave Kids Newsletter

Monthly UCP-OC receives the UCP Brave Kids Newsletter and we then pass it along to our families, friends and professionals throughout the community. Brave Kids, a program of the United Cerebral Palsy National Office, provides a support community and resources for children and youth, ages 6 – 17,  with disabilities and chronic/life-threatening illnesses and their families …

UCP SmartBrief

Assistive Technology—————— Software helps children with disabilities communicate Invention Labs has created a picture-based software application called Avaz to help children with cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders communicate. Company founder Ajit Narayanan said the software converts muscle movement into speech using pictures, so a user could put together the words “I like,” then choose …

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 …

UCP SmartBrief & My Child Without Limits

UCP SmartBrief Disability Update: Judge says NYC emergency plans inadequate for people with disabilities U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled that New York City’s emergency planning is inadequate to accommodate people with disabilities and the city is in violation of local and federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. Furman said the city’s plans …

UCP News Brief

Disability Update Children with genetic disorder may be misdiagnosed with autism As many as 50% of children with a genetic disorder called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome were diagnosed with autism, but U.S. researchers found that none of the 29 children with the deletion disorder met the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder. The findings, published in …

UCP SmartBrief

Disability Update Virginia Tech clinic seeks new treatments for cerebral palsy The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has created the Neuromotor Research Clinic to find new treatments for cerebral palsy. A $4.2 million NIH grant will be used for a program that tracks 135 children with CP who will get high-intensity therapy for hemiparesis. The Roanoke Times …

UCP SmartBrief

Hello UCP family, We hope you enjoy this week’s UCP SmartBrief, a compilation of news stories, articles and new research impacting the lives of people with disabilities and family members. If you should have any questions please contact Elizabeth Eckman at eeckman@ucp-oc.org. Thank you, UCP of Orange County Disability News Why Internet accessibility may be the …

Welcome to the Digital Age

We are very excited about what is in store at United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County in 2013! We are not only serving more children but we are DOING OUR BEST to enter into the digital age. We understand that our parents, donors and staff live a majority of their lives “plugged in” and we …

My Child Without Limits December Newsletter

The holidays are upon us! Here are some good tips for the holidays and we found the piece about preemies very interesting. Preemies are Still Facing Severe Disabilities Despite healthcare and medical advances between 1995 and 2006, virtually the same percentage of babies born premature in those years developed some type of severe disability. The …