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By Sunrise Group on September 12, 2016

Sunrise Kicks-Off A Week of Celebration Recognizing Our DSPs!

Get ready to celebrate Direct Support Professional Week from September 11 -17, 2016. Our DSP’s are the heart and soul of the organization and define the agency’s quality in every personal interaction they have each day. Their dedication to the people we support drives our success This week marks the celebration and recognition of the wonderful care and love provided by those in service in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia. We are proud of you and the work you do. Thank you!

By Sunrise Group on September 9, 2016

Kiwanis Honor Debbie Cowan, Lakeland’s aKtion Club Chair

Recently, the Landland aKtion Club honored Debbie for all of her hard work and hours of service. The “You Make A Difference” award recognizes individuals, businesses, organizations, and others that have helped improve the lives of those with disabilities. The award is given to an who demonstrates a commitment to the community; selflessness; the initiative and the ingenuity to forge forward and make things happen; and enthusiasm and exuberance that inspire others. Sunrise is very proud of Debbie and greatly appreciates her years of dedication to those we serve!

By Sunrise Group on September 7, 2016

PUBLIC POLICY: Inclusive Education

Enabling inclusive education requires an in-depth transformation of education systems in legislation, policy and the way education is financed, administered, designed, taught and monitored. Being educated in an inclusive environment is a basic right for students with disabilities. In order to make learning truly inclusive, state-run and private school systems must be fully accessible, both physically and in terms of communication and support services, , according to a new set of guidelines from the United Nations.

By Sunrise Group on August 26, 2016

Greeneville Hikers Embrace Sensory Integration, “The Natural Way”

There are many forms of developmental disabilities which include sensory processing disorders. For those with sensory processing challenges, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, the use of sensory integration therapy helps improve the adaptability of the brain. During sensory integration therapy, an individual performs an activity that combines sensory input with motion. One of the latest therapeutic models used for sensory integration (to complement the physical, occupational and speech therapy) is immersion in nature. That’s right “Nature Therapy!” The smiles on the faces of Greeneville’s hikers attest to the positive impact that nature therapy can make in anyone’s day!

By Sunrise Group on August 24, 2016

UCP Lifelinks in Tallahassee Goes Wild At St. Marks’ Conservation Center

Program participants from UCP Lifelinks in Tallahassee recently visited St. Marks Wildlife where they learned about insects, birds of prey, mammals and Florida’s natural history as well as community inclusion and the role everyone plays in protecting Florida. Inclusion means that all people, regardless of their varying ability, mobility or health care needs, have the right to be respected and appreciated as valuable members of our communities. This includes access and participation in recreational activities as well as engagement in environmental conservation that protects the outdoors and wildlife. For this reason, conservation often intersects with the concept with inclusion. UCP Lifelinks in Tallahassee thanks St. Mark’s Wildlife Conservation Area for the awesome presentation today (and for time with the baby squirrel … probably our favorite!)

By Sunrise Group on August 23, 2016

National Public Policy: Service Providers Turn To Washington For Help

The Disability Community Act, which is supported by United Cerebral Palsy, Autism Speaks, the Autism Society and Easter Seals in addition to ANCOR, is estimated to cost about $300 million. The bill was introduced by Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and has support from Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, as well as both chairs of the Congressional Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., and Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I. If passed, the bill would offer a temporary increase in federal Medicaid dollars for programs serving people with developmental disabilities. Advocates are still working to get a companion bill introduced in the U.S. Senate.