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.
By Sunrise Group on January 1, 2017
Happy New Year From Sunrise!
Sunrise wishes each and every member of the families we serve, our staff, our supporters, donors and advocates a Happy New Year!! We wish you all the very best in 2017! Please note that our national headquarter offices will be closed on Monday, January 2nd. We will re-open on Tuesday under normal hours.
By Sunrise Group on December 20, 2016
Sunrise Holiday Celebrations Spread Across the East Coast
With operations stretching from Connecticut down to South Florida, holiday cheer has been in the air since the day after Thanksgiving! Snowflakes and icicles sprung up to adorn group homes, day programs and supported employment centers in the northeast. Reindeer, yule logs and chestnuts are roasting in the Great Smoky Mountains. Meanwhile, palm trees, sea shells and boats have been decked out in lights in South Florida. Staff and those we serve have been busy celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Milad un Nabi (which is celebrated by exchanging gifts and making donations to the poor.) We wish the joy of the 2016 holiday season to you and yours!
By Sunrise Group on December 19, 2016
Happy Holidays from the Sunrise Family!
Our warmest thoughts and best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year! We thank all of our volunteers, donors, and supporters for all they have generously given this year. Thanks to the collective efforts of our employees and supporters, Sunrise looks forward to another year of helping to empower people with disabilities and to enable those we serve to live valued lives in the community and the opportunity to achieve the American dream.
By Sunrise Group on December 16, 2016
Sunrise aKtion Club Helps The Salvation Army
Sunrise Community of Central Florida has been actively engaged with its local Kiwanis for more than a decade. This holiday season various members of Lakeland's club have been supporting the Salvation Army by helping them raise funds at a local Publix. The Kiwanis' Aktion Club is the only service club for adults with disabilities. It has more than 12,000 members worldwide. aKtion is club aligned with Sunrise's mission to "ensure that people of all abilities have the assistance and support necessary to enable them to live valued lives in the community."
By Sunrise Group on December 15, 2016
Inclusive Voices: "Rogue One" Is A Winner for Diversity
The greater disabilities community has long recognized that media images mold society's attitudes. For that reason, self-advocates continue to push for greater representation of people with disabilities on TV as well as on the big screen. However, diversity in mainstream entertainment all too often remains the exception rather than the rule. That is why Sunrise self-advocate and Blogger, Hector Leonardo, is excited about the upcoming premier of Rogue One. The self-described "Stars Wars fanatic" cannot wait to see a leading cast that consists of a female lead along with Hispanic, Asian,Anglo-Pakistani, and African-American main characters. And two of the main characters have disabilities! Like real life, all of the characters are comfortable with one other and they are united in their fight! Kudos Rogue One!!