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.
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.
A family works together to show their daughter the value of a life without limits.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
During the 20 enjoyable years of my first career as an elementary school teacher and principal, an early dream began to speak more and more persistently. At age 48 I found myself enrolling in college again, this time to become a pastor. Just as full of enthusiasm as thirty years before (possibly with a little less energy), I had a new vision.
I never felt that I was doing anything related to my handicap, but I felt privileged to be called “teacher”.
After reading about his background, his accomplishments and his community activities, we’re sure you’ll agree that SAFE Credit Union’s president and CEO, Henry W. Wirz, was the right person to be named UCP’s 2016 Humanitarian of the Year.
Bust out those legwarmers and L.A. Gear shoes and come rock out for people with disabilities! We’re excited to announce our 9th Annual UCP ’80s Dance Party – Sacramento’s largest 80’s dance party! The event will take place October 17th from 7-11 p.m. at Whitney Oaks Golf Course in Rocklin.