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By Sunrise Group on August 8, 2016

Public Policy: Implementing the New DOJ Agreement in Georgia

The United States v. Georgia case has now entered a new phase. The State has committed to taking additional steps to improve its community system for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in areas where the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Independent Reviewer found the State had not complied with terms of the 2010 Settlement Agreement. The goal of the “Extension Agreement” is to ensure that all people with I/DD can live and thrive in the community, including people with complex needs. The Extension Agreement has been approved by US District Court Judge Pannell and is court-enforceable. This agreement will have broad impact on ALL people in the I/DD system, like changes to support coordination and access to the clinical oversight program for anyone with complex needs.

By Sunrise Group on August 5, 2016

UCP of Southwest Florida in Naples Hosts A Mock Candidate’s Forum

As Sunrise is gearing up for our participation of National Voter Registration Day on September 27, 2016, we are working to make sure that our staff and the self-advocates we serve are not left out on election day, November 8th, 2016. We believe that realizing human rights is the essential first step to building just societies. Recently, UCP of Southwest Florida hosted a mock candidate’s forum; where individuals learned about the campaigning and election process. A tremendous thanks to Heather Wysocki, Voter Education Coordinator, Office of the Honorable Jennifer J. Edwards, Supervisor of Elections who created ballots for our Naples “special election.” as well as for bringing voting equipment for training day. Every one had fun!!

By Sunrise Group on August 1, 2016

RIVA Recognition: 20 Years & Still Going Strong

Congratulations on your 20 Years of Service! Janice Brent has been with Resources for Independence of Virginia (RIVA) since 1996. When Janice started with RIVA, there were only two group homes. She has seen a lot of changes and growth in her 20 years with RIVA. There are now eight group homes serving 42 people and another 50 people being served in their community homes. Janice began her career with RIVA as a Direct Support Staff. She has remained faithful to RIVA and the individuals RIVA supports. After 20 years of loyal service to RIVA, Janice continues to exhibit love, patience, kindness and commitment. Janice is a shining example of dedication and devotion to the mission of Resources for Independence of Virginia, Inc. THANK YOU JANICE!

By Sunrise Group on July 26, 2016

Phi Gamma Delta Raised $3.5K for UCP of Southwest Florida in Naples

This past Saturday, Phi Gamma Delta hosted its First Annual Car Show benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida in Naples. The family friendly event featured antiques, exotics and street racers. The done-in-a-day event focused on “driving up” awareness about community inclusion for people with disabilities and educating the general public about services for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Naples residents and visitors enjoyed at day the Naples Jet Center in Hangar 6 with car enthusiasts who like to give back to others in the Naples area. The inaugural event raised $3,500.00 for UCP of Southwest Florida in Naples.

By Sunrise Group on July 25, 2016

Sunrise Supports Project VOTE

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, People First of South Florida (Dade and Broward Chapters), Abilities Venti, the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council and Disability Rights Florida hosted “Project Vote” in South Florida. The event kicked off at the North Dade Regional Library at 10 am and ran through 5 pm in Miami Gardens. Sunrise self-advocates were represented by George Carrasco (who is also the Presidential Advisor of the People First of South Florida South Dade Chapter) and Linda Angress, from Sunrise Social Services. Project Vote is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded on the belief that an organized, diverse electorate is the key to a better America. Project Vote’s mission is to build an electorate that accurately represents the diversity of this nation’s citizenry, and to ensure that every eligible citizen can register, vote, and cast a ballot that counts. American democracy is always a work in progress. Make your voice heard… and vote this election cycle!

By Sunrise Group on July 22, 2016

Fox49 TV In Tallahassee Invites UCP LifeLinks Into the Newsroom

At Fox49, TV personalities and producers welcomed UCP Lifelinks into the studio and shared what a typical day might be like for a general assignment reporter. The visit offered program participants a real life glimpse into the broadcasting industry including a tour of the evening newsroom and a talk with on-air professionals. Hometown stars from Lifelinks team took turns being the “talent” (actor), the director, camera operator, and audio operator while others wanted the spotlight all to themselves. Everyone took turns rotating through until he/she found a point of interest during the tour. Many thanks to Fox49 in Tallahassee!