One of Florida’s Legislative Champions for People with Disabilities and Keynote SpOne of Florida’s Legislative Champions for People with Disabilities and Keynote Speaker Representative Matt Hudson (R-80) addressed attendees at the United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida – Naples‘ 8th Annual “Celebrating the Stars” awards dinner. Traditionally, the event celebrates the legacy of employees who have reached tenured milestones at three, five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five and even 30 years! Sunrise has celebrated this honor for the last two decades. “We are fortunate to have so many wonderful staff who are dedicated to advancing the Sunrise mission”, said Leslie Steiner, Executive Director, United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida.
Representative Matt Hudson’s first introduction to United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida via his involvement with the Boundless playground in 2007.
Hudson has demonstrated his hands-on engagement and personal commitment to children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities for more than a decade. He was first introduced to United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida via his involvement with the Boundless playground in 2007. Inclusive playgroundsare “designed to be fully useable and exciting to children with a wide spectrum of abilities,” Rebecca McGuire, Chief Philanthropy Officer commented. The goal is to have “typically-abled kids having the most fun they can have alongside a child with physical and mental challenges . The playground is challenging for all, and kids are able to play and engage together.”? McGuire added, “Since his first involvement, Representative Hudson has been a champion for the rights of people with disabilities including protecting accessibility for public places like playgrounds as well as expanding services and addressing Florida’s Wait List for children with disabilities. We are honored to have him join as keynote speaker tonight.”
Thursday’s “Celebrating the Stars” event coinciding with Autism Acceptance Month in April, in his keynote speech, Representative Hudson recognized the important role that UCP of Southwest Florida and those we serve have contributed and the diversity that people with acquired and development disabilities offer in local communities all across Collier, Lee and Broward counties. “We are proud of the outstanding job our programs consistently achieved over the last 43 years — allowing Naples’ residents to age in place and providing local supports and assistance to families in need,” said Sunrise President & CEO, Les Leech. “Like Sunrise, Representative Matt Hudson is committed to allowing children with disabilities, adults with developmental disabilities and seniors with acquired disabilities “age in place” with dignity, engaged in their local community and connected to the families they love.”
Our deepest appreciation to Representative Matt Hudson and our event host, St. Andrews the Evangelist Church in Naples.