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By Sunrise Group on May 8, 2016

Inclusive Voices: Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 8th was the official 2016 Celebration of Mother’s Day, but at Sunrise we celebrate moms. We are honored to know and serve the families of extraordinary mothers of adults and children with developmental disabilities as well as all the working moms on our staff who help us achieve the Sunrise mission. While not all biological mothers, many amazing women have stepped into the lives of others with compassion, generosity and an open heart to provide guidance, support and love to individuals in need. Thank you. Merci. Gracias. Danke. Arigato. Spacibo …. read more about one self-advocate’s tribute to her mother.

By Sunrise Group on May 6, 2016

The Sunrise Group Salutes Our Nurses!

Happy National Volunteer Week! President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting U.S. president since Nixon has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week (as have many U.S. mayors and governors). Here at Sunrise, we are celebrating #NVW2016 by honoring our volunteers and the people who make our mission possible. Thank you for all that you do to strengthen our community — your work is truly extraordinary!

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!