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By Sunrise Group on March 8, 2016

Florida Legislative Leaders Protect Services for People With Disabilities

On behalf of The Sunrise Group, those we serve and their families from Homestead to Panama City, we extend our deepest gratitude to Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner and Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli. Due to their personal commitment to include Floridians of all abilities, $9,687,008 for critical services were allocated from recurring General Revenue. This means that $25 million will be used to help ensure that people with intellectual and physical disabilities may access community based services in the most person-centered and cost-effective manner possible. This is great news for Florida’s tax-payers as well as families and loved ones of people with disabilities!

By Sunrise Group on February 24, 2016

#Save-The-Date: Chocolate Sundae & Food Festival on March 13th in Sarasota

United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida is hosting it's 15th Annual Chocolate Sundae & Food Festival on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Proceeds from this event benefit the programs and services UCP offers to the developmentally disabled in Sarasota and Manatee counties through group homes and day programs. Over 1000 people attended last year and enjoyed samples of beer, wine, pizza, sandwiches, seafood, desserts and OF COURSE....CHOCOLATE for one low ticket price that benefits UCP! March is also Cerebral Palsy Awareness month so bring the ENTIRE family and help bring awareness to this worthwhile cause.

By Sunrise Group on February 22, 2016

UCP on the Potomac: 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 February 19, 2016

Team Tally Takes on The Capitol!

#TeamTally is made up of self-advocates, Sunrise staff and executive leaders from UCP of Tallahassee. They were among hundreds of Floridians concerned about funding and services for people with developmental disabilities who descended on the state Capitol on Thursday, February 18th for the annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day. Advocates and allies were on hand to ask legislators to consider a two-point plan to address the funding crisis, the Wait List and access to care issues for Floridians with developmental disabilities. There was a noon press conference asking legislators, policy makers and others to correct the iBudget rate problems. The day was rewarding for attendees and educational for those working in the State Capitol. Great job #TeamTally!!

By Sunrise Group on February 11, 2016

UCP on the Potomac Treks To Annapolis for DD Day in Maryland

On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, UCP on the Potomac joined a group of 600 advocates and allies from the greater disabilities community in Annapolis for “DD Day” at the Capitol. 2016 marked yet another year with a standing room only crowd. Despite morning snowfall, hundreds of dedicated advocates engaged with leaders at the Capitol and shared legislative priorities. Represented by Gale Gray, this year marked UCP on the Potomac’s inaugural participation in the annual event which is sponsored by the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Coalition. Just days after DD Day, the Maryland General Assembly’s Administrative, Executive & Legislative Review Committee (AELR) put a ‘hold’ on controversial proposed regulations impacting children and adults with developmental disabilities. Advocacy works! Our thanks to the Maryland General Assembly.

By Sunrise Group on January 25, 2016

Inclusive Voices: SuperBowl 50

The Broncos won their eighth AFC Championship Game by pressuring Patriots QB Tom Brady. And while the Denver team may have shut down Brady’s run for his fifth Super Bowl Ring, they did nothing to quell the support and admiration of one Brady super-fan from United Cerebral Palsy of Florida. Self-advocate and creative writing club member, Junior shares his analysis of Brady’s ball skills … even though they will not be going to the Super Bowl this year.