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.
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."