2014 Case for Inclusion

2014 Case for Inclusion Launching Today! The 2014 Case for Inclusion report is being released today! The annual report tracks the progress of community living standards for Americans living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and is available online at UCP National’s interactive website. Check it out to see how your state fared this year, how …

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 …

UCP-OC Names Deborah Levy as President & CEO

The Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County (UCP-OC) has announced the appointment of Deborah Levy as its President and Chief Executive Officer.  Levy has more than two decades of experience advancing children’s non-profits throughout the country.  Levy currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Orange County Ronald McDonald House® …

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 …

A Year in Review

An Update from Our CEO  CEO Cathleen Collins shares in this upcoming Summer Newsletter a review of this past year and celebrates the mark of UCP-OC’s 60 years of serving Orange County — 2013 marks a special year as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary in Orange County, and the different core programs, people and events …

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 …

Do you have your team?

  We would like to invite you to participate in the World CP Challenge – an event centered around physical fitness, encouraging personal well-being and teamwork, while supporting the local community. REGISTRATION is OPEN http://www.worldcpchallenge.org/ucpoc In teams of four, participants track their daily step count by wearing a pedometer, and record their results on the …