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By Sunrise Group on July 5, 2016

ABLE United Opens in Florida

The ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act authorized states to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. In Florida, self-advocates and allies make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities every day. Thanks to a dedicated group of Sunrise advocates and others in the greater disabilities community, the ability to open an ABLE United account in the sunshine state is now a reality. ABLE United launched the first week of July. The site has a wealth of information and the tools needed to help make Floridians with disabilities aware of this new financial option. The tax-free account allows families to save like never before and empowers self-advocates to invest in their future. It’s a new day for Floridians with disabilities. Learn more about ABLE United accounts and how to start saving for a better life experience.

By Sunrise Group on July 1, 2016

It’s Official… Sunrise Bids Aloha to Its President of 40 Years

It’s official … Les Leech has left the building! President & CEO, Les Leech bid farewell to colleagues, peers, staff, public officials, and many of those served by the agency at his retirement party held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Vista Lago Ballroom in Miami. It was a night filled with nostalgia, laughs (a few at the expense of the outgoing president himself) and awards for a lifetime of service. The night was a fitting closure to a remarkable career of 40 years of continuous service to Sunrise and the greater disabilities community.

By Sunrise Group on June 29, 2016

Knights of Columbus Continue Their Legacy of Support for UCP in Naples

St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church through its Knights of Columbus Council #12178 has been a loyal and committed supporter of those we serve and UCP of Southwest Florida – Naples Division for a decade. Most recently, UCP representative Anthony Baldwin accepted the check on behalf of the pre-vocational trainees with developmental disabilities who receive services from UCP in Naples. These funds will help provide training, services and support to people with intellectual and physical challenges in Naples.

By Sunrise Group on June 27, 2016

Sunrise’s Compliance Program Featured As National Best Practice

Tighter compliance regulations have challenged health and human service providers in a variety of ways. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act mandated compliance programs for Medicare and Medicaid providers. The reform law, which applies to all Medicare and Medicaid providers, requires the HHS secretary to promulgate “core elements” and set an effective date for compliance programs. As an innovative leader in the field of developmental disabilities, Sunrise was ahead of the mandate. Our Compliance Program Charter was adopted January 31st, 2007 by the Board of Directors. Since that time, Sunrise has consistently set the bar for compliance best practice among service providers. We are proud to be featured for our standards by Wolters Kluwer.

By Sunrise Group on June 24, 2016

RIVA Embraces the Power of Zumba!

You may have heard of the fitness craze called Zumba. It is an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music. It is a fun and simple exercise that helps people, including those with intellectual and physical disabilities, maintain a positive attitude and take charge of their health. Resources for Independence of Virginia launched a summer FUN-ercise program for the ladies living in the Hillview group home. The Zumba pilot initiative also includes friends of the Hillview residents — sticking to any exercise program is always easier with a “workout buddy”, right?! This is GREAT news for those we serve as well as our staff and caregivers! Keep checking in often to see RIVA’s progress over the summer. Remember, everyone is welcome to the inclusive class

By Sunrise Group on June 22, 2016

Sunrise Celebrates Community Inclusion on the 17th Anniversary of Olmstead

ODAY IN DISABILITY HISTORY: On June 22, 1999, the Supreme Court issued its landmark “Olmstead v. L.C.” decision fundamentally changing the lives of Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson–who had both been languishing in an institution for years after their initial treatment ended. Lois and Elaine filed suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for release from the Georgia facility–and, in doing so, affirmed the constitutional right to self-determination not only for themselves, but also for other Americans with disabilities to live outside of institutions, opening avenues and increase opportunities to enhance our communities and our lives.