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!!
By Sunrise Group on December 12, 2016
Lakeland's Adult Day Center Continues Its Tradition of Giving Back
In the spirit of inspiring even more Americans to increase their charitable giving this holiday season, the Lakeland Sunrise aKtion Club participated in the “Adopt an Angel” project through the Salvation Army. Funds for the gifts were raised by aKtion Club Members via a Pancake Breakfast on November 30, 2016. All the proceeds were used to buy everything on the angel wish list. Thanks to the generosity of Sunrise self-advocates, Christmas morning will be bright for children in Lakeland! We are very proud of our aKtion club for their hard work, warm hearts, and dedication to our community!
By Sunrise Group on December 9, 2016
Compliance Announces the Winners of the 2016 Rap Battle & Mannequin Challenge
Sunrise’s Third Annual Compliance Rap Battle featured the latest trend, the Mannequin Challenge. The Mannequin Challenge is a viral Internet video sensation where people “freeze” like mannequins while a moving camera films them from various angles. Usually the video plays with the song "Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmurd in the background. As with years past, competition from across the Sunrise system was fierce! And while Sunrise’s elusive Mar-yonce did not make an appearance at the Awards Ceremony. MC Extraordinaire, Gee Z closed out the event with a nail-biting Season 3 conclusion to “Entire,” the series. CONGRATS TO ALL SUNRISE TEAMS!!!
By Sunrise Group on December 2, 2016
Sunrise Appreciates Esserman International's Generosity On #GivingTuesday
After watching the progress of the #GivingTuesday movement since its inception in 2012, Sunrise decided to go “all out” in 2016 and we kicked off 15 local initiatives across five of our seven states. Projects ranged from an Early Literacy Library in the Greater Tampa Bay area to sensory integration rooms and assistive technology as well as funds for warm winter clothes for Eastern Tennessee. Unfortunately, fires in the Great Smoky Mountains interrupted three projects in Tennessee on Tuesday as we re-directed efforts to support victims of the natural disaster. That is when Esserman International in Miami swept in with an unexpected donation to Sunrise! Thanks to Esserman's generosity and an online campaign, Sunrise received funds to help with emergency funding. On behalf of all those we serve, our deepest appreciate to Esserman International.
By Sunrise Group on December 1, 2016
Inclusive Voices: The Warm Glow of Holiday Lights
While the winter holidays invoke warm memories of a traditional "White Christmas" for millions of people across America, for individuals with mobility limitations getting around on icy sidewalks and trying to get over the snow banks "to grandmother's house" are more of a challenge. That does not mean that people with disabilities have not established their own warm holiday traditions. Self-advocate and blogger, Hector Leonardo, shares his South Florida traditions to help us kick off a month of inclusive celebrations.