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 school and asked why their local college, West Chester University, did not have a program for them.read more
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 hospital. Tina had a traumatic birthing experience. The baby’s heartbeat was lost a couple of times. The attending physician kept putting off a C-section. When the heartbeat flat-lined, the physician decided it was time for a crash C-section.read more
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.read more
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 their children. Those parents did not want their children in institutional care – forgotten by society. They wanted their children home and in community.read more
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