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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.

By Sunrise Group on April 12, 2016

It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week!

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 April 11, 2016

Sunrise Announced As an Award Recipient of Publix’s Food for All Campaign

Sunrise is honored to have been among the 2015 recipients receiving awards from Publix “Food for All” campaign. The South Florida awards were held on Wednesday, April 6th. Sunrise President & CEO, Les Leech accepted $7,500 from Publix’s campaign. Leech said, “Many people do not consider the connection between disability and hunger. Unfortunately, disability is a direct contributor to poverty and hunger, People with intellectual and physical disabilities are marginalized, they are not considered economically active and this leads them very often into the hunger trap.” Sunrise is committed to helping people with physical and intellectual challenges lead valued lives in the community. Supports and training allow people to live their lives as independently as possible based upon their varying levels of ability. We are extremely grateful to Publix for their support of our mission and their continued commitment to people with disabilities!

By Sunrise Group on April 8, 2016

UCP of Southwest Florida: Volunteers with Disabilities Are Giving Back

Including volunteers with disabilities in charity activities is good for everyone! Through their service, volunteers with physical and mental challenges often change the perspectives of the communities in which they work. A diverse volunteer pool provides benefits such as improved public image, increased access to talented groups, diminished volunteer turnover, and improved overall financial operation. In addition to this, organizations that engage volunteers with disabilities are often more representative of society. As a result, charities are able to attract a greater number of service users, and appear more welcoming to patients, customers, donors, the general public, and even other volunteers. It is literally a win-win for all involved.

By Sunrise Group on April 6, 2016

Resources for Independence’s Patricia Hinton is Named Alabama’s DSP of the Year

On April 4, 2016, the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) recognized Patricia Hinton of Resource for Independence of Alabama in Tuscaloosa as the 2016 Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the Year for the state. Ms. Hinton has dedicated her life to the service of others. In addition to promoting personal choice and teaching consumers self-advocacy in their personal lives, Patricia serves as a role model and mentor for Resource for Independence's new hires and first-time direct care staff. She demonstrates the Code of Ethics of person centered supports. Patricia Hinton embodies the best attributes of what it means to be a direct support professional. Congratulations to Ms. Hinton on a job well done and well-deserved national recognition!