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 vividly being told by their pediatrician, your son will never be like “normal” children or adults.read more
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 specialist who diagnosed him to be on the autism spectrum disorder.read more
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 square dancing event. I did not understand why I was being excluded. Up to that point I was just me who needed to use a walker. Even today, as an adult I still ask myself why am I being left out and excluded,” wondered Lisa.
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!read more
Jessica, a UCP client with her son Francisco, shares her family’s journey of Francisco’s diagnosis of developmental and intellectual delay to how she is able to cope with life’s challenges and small victories with the help of her UCP Respite worker.read more
In October of 1977, Brian Hillebert was diagnosed as a child with cerebral palsy. While riding his bike one morning, Brian was hit by a car and launched 90 feet into a ditch. Brian’s awakening from an almost two month coma was considered a miracle; however, the accident left young Brian with a traumatic brain injury resulting in cerebral palsy.read more
A family works together to show their daughter the value of a life without limits.read more
UCP has become renown in their selection of extremely worthy community leaders to be honored as Sacramento’s premier UCP Humanitarian of the Year. 2017 will be no different as the honoree will be Rick Niello of The Niello Company will join the class of extraordinary humanitarians. After reading his story, you will agree that there is more to the man than cars but of integrity and respect for people.read more
How many times have you passed by a person with a disability on the street and looked the other way? How many times have you had a chance to talk to an individual in a wheelchair while waiting in line but hesitated for fear of making the individual uncomfortable, doing the wrong the thing, or saying something inappropriate?read more
Meet Cetarra Lewis, a young lady with a beautiful smile and cheerful spirit. She was born with a rare genetic disorder known as Angelman Syndrome which has robbed her of her speech, is the cause of frequent and often severe seizures, and has left her unable to walk without assistance. Fortunately, Cetarra is determined to explore the world on her own two feet thanks to UCP of Sacramento and Northern California’s MOVE program and the Pacer.read more
We don’t often think about accessibility when we plan an outing to enjoy the beautiful California outdoors. We take for granted the ease of getting out of our cars or off our bikes to explore a scenic ocean path or explore a forested trail. For someone with a disability, a simple nature hike can be filled obstacles. That’s why it is great when organizations or agencies plan ahead to ensure all trails are accessible for individuals with developmental disabilities. UCP of Sacramento and Northern California has compiled a few helpful resources below that can help you explore the outdoors!read more
I began my working life more than 40 years ago with a fresh diploma and a tankful of energy and enthusiasm. When I glimpsed the end of my working life from that vantage point, it was nothing more than a vague concept — a smudge on the distant horizon. There was no time to think about retirement when decades of exciting work were calling my name. The time between fresh diploma and the present has been dotted with interesting challenges, unexpected twists and turns, plenty of laughter, and two very satisfying careers. Neither profession has been perfect, but each has challenged and stretched me in positive but unexpected ways, bringing wonderful blessings and amazing people into my life.read more