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Five Ways Giving Is Good for You

Every day when I go to work, I’m surrounded by people passionate about their jobs. People whose primary goal is to produce hope and supply confidence in adults and children with disabilities. I work with people who are passionate about ensuring that...

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Make Your Mark with #GivingTuesday

Are you disappointed in the frenzy of consumerism on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Now you can choose to inspire a culture of philanthropy with #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving to pay our good fortune forward! This November 27, you can be a...

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I Felt Helpless

At UCP’s 2018 Golf Classic, we asked Claudia Romero to share her story about the value of UCP Family Respite to her family. “The short answer is: UCP Family Respite means a lot to me. The long answer requires a little background,” says Claudia....

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One Person’s Vision is a University’s Historic Moment

Years ago, a mom of an Adapted Physical Education student and some Special Olympians asked Monica Lepore, a Special Olympics coach, if she knew about any Inclusive Higher Education programs. Many of her Special Olympians were graduating from high...

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Lauren’s World: My Life with Cerebral Palsy

    After 3 years of fertility drugs, Mearl and Tina gave up on trying to get pregnant. They thought all hope was lost when suddenly, Tina was pregnant. It was a miracle! Nine months later, Tina went into labor at home and Mearl drove her to the...

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Kevin Nagle Biography

Mr. Nagle was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Envision Pharmaceutical Holdings, the fifth largest prescription benefit managers nationally at the time, before it was acquired by the Rite Aid Corporation. Currently, in addition to...

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History of UCP of Sacramento & Northern California

UCP was started in Sacramento in 1955 by parents who had a child born with a brain injury – cerebral palsy. At that time, the assumption was that they would put their child into state institutional care. These parents wanted a different life for...

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It’s Not the End of the World for My Child

When asked, “What was it like for Ashley (32) and Allen (34), at the time of their 2 year old son, Barrett’s diagnosis”, so many things come to mind for them. Before his diagnosis, they had never heard of autism or what it was but they remember very...

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Noni’s Perfect Plan

When Andrew was 2 years old, Noni noticed a change in his speech development compared to her first child’s behaviors.  He stopped making the sounds and babbles (saying ba-ba-ba or ma-ma-ma) to begin making words. Andrew’s pediatrician sent them to a...

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I Felt Excluded!

At the age of 2 years, Lisa was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when her parents noticed she was not as flexible as other children. Lisa did not realize she had cerebral palsy until later.  “I was 10 or 11 years old and I was left out of the school’s...

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A New World for MacKenzie

When the phone rings late at night, how often does it bring good news? Al and Nancy’s late night call delivered a chilling message: the amniocentesis showed that their third child would be born with Down syndrome! Al and Nancy’s initial reactions...

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