By Sunrise Group on January 20, 2017
Inclusive Voices: Let Me Take A Selfie
Back in 2015, two viral hashtags inspired thousands of Twitter users worldwide to share proud selfies and empowering narratives of living with disability The following year in 2016, the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities launched its “I am able…” “selfie” awareness campaign to celebrate the varying abilities of New Yorkers everywhere. Since then, the selfie trend continues to challenge traditional stereotypes about self-advocates. Sunrise's own, Social Media Maverick, Hector Valencia, carries on the selfie tradition with his favorite hockey team here in South Florida.
By Sunrise Group on January 17, 2017
Sunrise Artists Honored By President Obama
Last week, an honor that was, literally, "years in the making" surprised a team of local artists. Members included Albert, Victor, Maximo, Danyell, Camille, Robert, Kyle, Pascale, Terese and Jose who receive services at the Doral Adult Day Program. Their collective art featured a unique rendition of the American Flag that took over five months to assemble. The 30" x 47" work of art was presented to President Obama in late 2016 by Florida Senator Dwight Bullard (D-39.) The artists are very proud of their creative work and equally as proud of the work that President Obama has done to protect and expand the rights of people with disabilities.
By Sunrise Group on January 12, 2017
UCP of Southwest Florida's Second Annual Car Show Is Coming To Fort Myers
If you missed United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida's Car Show last summer, you will want to clear March 18th and 19th on your 2017 calendar for Southwest Florida's ONLY car show and classic car auction! Weekend festivities kick off at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 18th and run through 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19th, 2017. Hosted by Road House Promotions, awards include $3,500 for club participation. As always, active military and children under 12 will be admitted free. Proceeds from the two day celebration of "everything auto" will benefit adults with intellectual and physical challenges in Fort Myers and Cape Coral. Hope to see you there!
By Sunrise Group on January 11, 2017
Save-the-Date: Sunday, January 29th Farm To Table Will Benefit Sunrise
Save-the-Date! Sunday, January 29th 2017, Farm To Table will host a fundraiser in Tampa benefiting Sunrise Community of Hillsborough. If your New Year's Resolution was to eat healthier, get more involved in your local community or you are just a foodie that appreciates well-prepared food, then this is for you! Tickets are $75 per person and a portion of the event's proceeds will go back to Sunrise Community of Hillsborough's Knight Group Home for Adults.
By Sunrise Group on January 6, 2017
On February 2, 2001, President George W. Bush launched his "New Freedom Initiative saying, "Whenever any barrier stands between you and the full rights and dignity of citizenship, we must work to remove it, in the name of simple decency and justice. The promise of the ADA...has enabled people with disabilities to enjoy much greater access to a wide range of affordable travel, recreational opportunities and life-enriching services." As a result, professional sports facilities around the country are now accessible to fans of all abilities. Thanks to the New Freedom Initiative self-advocates like Hector Valencia can support their favorite teams thanks to accessible vehicle parking spaces, exterior accessible routes, doors, assembly sections, et al. So even when his team is loses, this season ticket holder wins!
By Sunrise Group on January 4, 2017
Advocacy Season Starts Now!
We’re mere weeks away from the first of the 2017 state sessions. As a disability advocate, your help is needed to promote, protect and defend the human rights of people with disability. In addition to the threat of a federal repeal of the Affordable Care Act, many states are proposing Medicaid Block Grants for all enrollees including people with disabilities. The challenge of block grants is compounded by the issue that many states already have existing Wait Lists with thousands of families in need of community-based disability services. Needless to say, there is a lot of work to do in the months ahead. Sunrise urges you to sign up as a self-advocate or ally via: firstname.lastname@example.org.