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By Sunrise Group on May 5, 2016

Success Story: Competitive Employment in Clarksville, Tennessee

At work, it’s what people CAN do that matters. The National Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace. Sunrise’s Clarksville, Tennessee operations serve as a good example of how disability employment benefits employers as well as their employees. Whether good economic times or bad, it’s the organizations that know how to identify and recognize talent that are most likely to succeed. Businesses that are inclusive of people with disabilities – in recruitment, retention and advancement – benefit from a wider pool of talent, skills and creative business solutions. Clarksville’s competitive employment success story speaks to the contributions that people of all abilities make everyday.

By Sunrise Group on May 4, 2016

Sunrise Recognizes May As Mental Health Month: End The Stigma

In general, the term disability is often used to describe an ongoing physical challenge that impacts daily living. Often people think the term, disability, only refers to people with a mobility limitation or physical challenge. The truth is that 74% of Americans with disabilities have an “invisible disability” meaning that one cannot identify a specific diagnosis with the eye. One example of an invisible disability is an Intellectual challenge resulting from a genetic condition or a traumatic injury. A more common invisible disability is mental illnesses, a disability that often carries a negative stigma. This May, Sunrise joins other disability service providers around the country to encourage everyone to take the StigmaFREE Pledge.

By Sunrise Group on April 28, 2016

Save-the-Date: UCP of Tallahassee’s 20th Annual Walk, Roll or Run is May 14th!

Spring is in the air…. and summer is just around the corner. You know what that means? Running season!!! That’s right, United Cerebral Palsy of Tallahassee is hosting its 20th Annual 5K Run, Walk & Roll on May 14, 2016. All proceeds stay in Tallahassee to further our mission which is to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with disabilities. Walkers, runners, teams, and individuals of all ages and capabilities are welcome. This unique event allows participants to push a wheelchair or stroller……fun for the whole family!

By Sunrise Group on April 27, 2016

Inclusive Voices: Competitive Employment

The majority of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are either unemployed or underemployed, despite their ability, desire, and willingness to work in the community. Public policy to increase employment in the community alongside people without disabilities and earn competitive wages must address these barriers in a number of key areas. These include promoting best practices, school-to-work transition, training and supports (for both people with I/DD and staff of employment and school-to-work programs), and employment training and service systems enhancements including adoption of “Employment First” approaches published by the National Arc. An October 2015 public policy change has the potential to significantly improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities and one creative writer from the Sunbeams is pleased to hear it!

By Sunrise Group on April 26, 2016

MARYLAND: Disability Voter Guide Released

As voters head to the polls in Maryland today, RespectAbility released its Maryland Disability Voter Guide. Fully one-out-of-five voters have a disability, and 52 percent of likely voters have a loved one with a disability. According to the latest census, 35 million Americans with disabilities are of voting age. This means that voters with disabilities are now one of the largest groups of potential voters (called voting blocs) in American politics. Some have called the disability vote the “Sleeping Giant” of American politics. This is because people with disabilities have not voted in the same numbers as most Americans. If people with disabilities register and vote at the same rate as the rest of the nation, between 5 and 10 million more votes will be cast in the next Presidential election! Make your voices heard & VOTE TODAY Marylanders!

By Sunrise Group on April 15, 2016

Representative Matt Hudson Serves As Keynote Speaker at the 8th Annual “Celebrating The Stars”

One 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. 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. “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,” said Rebecca McGuire, Chief Philanthropy Officer.