By Sunrise Group on September 15, 2016
UCP of Southwest Florida – Naples Travels Back In Time to Visit Old Florida
On Wednesday, September 14th, self-advocates from United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida in Naples “traveled back in time” with a visit to Everglades Wonder Gardens. The property is home to a botanical canopy that includes orchids, bamboo, bromeliads and other specimens. The lush, natural backdrop is also home to an eclectic assortment of rescued exotic birds and rescued reptiles who have now found a forever home in the Gardens. United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida commends Everglades Wonder Gardens for ensuring that its gardens and wildlife are accessible for tourists of all abilities. UCP’s day long adventure “back in time” was truly a memorable experience!
By Sunrise Group on September 12, 2016
Sunrise Kicks-Off A Week of Celebration Recognizing Our DSPs!
Get ready to celebrate Direct Support Professional Week from September 11 -17, 2016. Our DSP’s are the heart and soul of the organization and define the agency’s quality in every personal interaction they have each day. Their dedication to the people we support drives our success This week marks the celebration and recognition of the wonderful care and love provided by those in service in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia. We are proud of you and the work you do. Thank you!
By Sunrise Group on September 9, 2016
Kiwanis Honor Debbie Cowan, Lakeland’s aKtion Club Chair
Recently, the Landland aKtion Club honored Debbie for all of her hard work and hours of service. The “You Make A Difference” award recognizes individuals, businesses, organizations, and others that have helped improve the lives of those with disabilities. The award is given to an who demonstrates a commitment to the community; selflessness; the initiative and the ingenuity to forge forward and make things happen; and enthusiasm and exuberance that inspire others. Sunrise is very proud of Debbie and greatly appreciates her years of dedication to those we serve!
By Sunrise Group on September 7, 2016
PUBLIC POLICY: Inclusive Education
Enabling inclusive education requires an in-depth transformation of education systems in legislation, policy and the way education is financed, administered, designed, taught and monitored. Being educated in an inclusive environment is a basic right for students with disabilities. In order to make learning truly inclusive, state-run and private school systems must be fully accessible, both physically and in terms of communication and support services, , according to a new set of guidelines from the United Nations.
By Sunrise Group on August 26, 2016
Greeneville Hikers Embrace Sensory Integration, “The Natural Way”
There are many forms of developmental disabilities which include sensory processing disorders. For those with sensory processing challenges, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, the use of sensory integration therapy helps improve the adaptability of the brain. During sensory integration therapy, an individual performs an activity that combines sensory input with motion. One of the latest therapeutic models used for sensory integration (to complement the physical, occupational and speech therapy) is immersion in nature. That’s right “Nature Therapy!” The smiles on the faces of Greeneville’s hikers attest to the positive impact that nature therapy can make in anyone’s day!
By Sunrise Group on August 24, 2016
UCP Lifelinks in Tallahassee Goes Wild At St. Marks’ Conservation Center
Program participants from UCP Lifelinks in Tallahassee recently visited St. Marks Wildlife where they learned about insects, birds of prey, mammals and Florida’s natural history as well as community inclusion and the role everyone plays in protecting Florida. Inclusion means that all people, regardless of their varying ability, mobility or health care needs, have the right to be respected and appreciated as valuable members of our communities. This includes access and participation in recreational activities as well as engagement in environmental conservation that protects the outdoors and wildlife. For this reason, conservation often intersects with the concept with inclusion. UCP Lifelinks in Tallahassee thanks St. Mark’s Wildlife Conservation Area for the awesome presentation today (and for time with the baby squirrel … probably our favorite!)