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Regale in the Ranch

A huge thank you to the Beach & Country Guild for producing the 5th Annual Regale in the Ranch to benefit UCP San Diego. Here's a look:


New Workshop: Apps for Students with Special Needs

We will introduce applications with the following focus areas: video modeling, social skills, life skills, vocabulary building, language development, communication, and more. Join us for a fun, fast paced session.apps

Monday, May 1, 2017
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
UCP San Diego Assistive Technology Center
8665 Gibbs Dr., Ste. 100 San Diego, CA 92123

Free for parents of children with special needs. $25.00 for all other attendees.

You must be pre-registered for this workshop. Call TASK San Diego at (619) 282-0846 to register.


New Voice Options Program

An exciting new pilot speech technology program of the California Public Utilities Commission in partnership with the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, Voice Options, is now available at UCP's Assistive Technology Center. voice options

Voice Options offers iPads with speech applications to people with speech disabilities for short and long-term loans.

Californians who are not able to speak or have difficulty speaking may borrow iPads with speech applications to determine if using an iPad increases their ability to communicate.

Individuals may borrow an iPad for up to 30 days to determine if using a speech app increases their ability to communicate. If the user determines a speech app on the iPad works well for them, they may apply for a long-term loan of the device and their favorite speech app.

The response to Voice Options in San Diego has been remarkable, and already there is a two to three month waiting list. To learn more or to schedule a demonstration, contact Maiko Yoshida at (858) 278-5420 x 121 or myoshida@ucpsd.org.


Freestyle Weaving Project A Success

In the first year of a pilot project conceived and executed by a team from UCP with generous funding from the Foundation for Developmental Disabilities, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) were given the opportunity to exercise choice-making and self-direction in a new and creative way through the art form of free-style weaving.

Free-style weaving is a fiber art in which everyone can express him or herself freely regardless of age, gender, disability or intellectual aptitude. There are no rules and restrictions, no samples to follow, and no mistakes. It is an art form in which an individual can express his or her true self. Each weaver in our pilot project was empowered to weave with complete freedom and creativity developing the irreplaceable quality of believing in oneself and in the validity of one's decisions.

The project team was also successful in establishing a model for a community studio, WeaveLife, extending the benefits of free-style weaving to allow opportunities for job training and self-employment.

With support from community partners, we are looking to a new year with exciting new plans for WeaveLife to sustainably operate as a fiber arts studio offering the proven self-determination benefits of free-style weaving to people of all abilities. In addition, WeaveLife has potential to provide a unique platform for employment opportunities to adults with disabilities.

For more information on WeaveLife, contact David Drazenovich @ (858) 278-5420 x 131
or ddrazenovich@ucpsd.org.


UCP Consultant Among Top AAC Bloggers

Susan Berkowitz, UCP's Speech and Language Consultant, was recently named one of the top 5 AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) bloggers by the website My Student Voices. susanSusan's website, Kidz Learn Language, was noted as being one of the more active AAC blogs out there - providing tips, ideas, and resources for developing language in children with significant or complex communication disorders.

Susan has been an SLP for 38 years, and in that time has worked alongside both children and adults with a wide range of developmental disabilities. She provides evaluations for speech-language and AAC at UCP in addition to providing workshops for parents and professionals.

Recently Susan has been publishing an AAC 101 series in which she covers the main objectives of AAC at an introductory level.

Student Voices described Susan's content as approachable and inviting for those new to AAC, and helping to further understanding among families and educators.


Shop, Donate Items To UCP Thrift Stores

Did you know that UCP San Diego owns and operates 3 local thrift stores? When you shop at or donate to UCP Thrift Stores, you're supporting UCP programs that change lives.

thriftOur entrepreneurial spirit shines brightly as the UCP Thrift Stores also work together with UCP San Diego to offer a training ground and first-time employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

UCP Thrift Stores in City Heights, Chula Vista and Pacific Beach offer a unique shopping experience for customers — from vintage clothing and accessories to everyday fashions, household items, furniture and antiques.

When you shop at UCP Thrift Stores, you're directly benefiting thousands of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities in San Diego County. You're helping your neighbors become independent, find employment and become full members of society.

Click here to find our locations and get item donation drop-off an pickup information. Like our Thrift Stores on Facebook or follow on Twitter for special offers and exclusive coupons.


UCP Overview: Life Without Limits

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Grants Celebrate The Importance of Play

Play! It is an essential part of all children's development. Play is how children learn to socialize, to think, to solve problems, to mature and most importantly, to have fun. Play connects children with their imagination, their environment, their family and the world.

UCP just received two grants to purchase adaptive toys for our popular Toy Library. toylibraryAdaptive toys are designed with easy to push buttons, switches, lights, music, and vibration. Their unique design is the perfect way for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to experience the joy of play.

Adaptive toys range in price from $80 to as much as $450. Having them available for loan provides children an opportunity to play with specialized toys without the costly purchase. With the generous support of the San Diego Lion's Club and the San Diego County Employees' Charitable Organization, UCP was able to add even more adaptive toys to our library.

Here are some of the latest comments from families who checked out some of the amazing toys we have available:

"My daughter is really enjoying the switch toys. They have helped her discover cause and effect."

"Our son loves toys that make sounds and are interactive. These toys stimulate his cognitive skills and creativity."

"The switch activated toys are amazing! I'd never have been able to expose our daughter to these without the Toy Library."

Click here for more information on UCP's Toy Library.



“Who I Am” Disability Employment Awareness

At work, it's what people CAN do that matters.

United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County is proud to partner with The U.S. mitteDepartment of Labor to launch a new public service announcement as part of the Campaign for Disability Employment. The campaign encourages employers to look beyond individual disabilities to the potential in each candidate.

“Who I Am” features our Celebrity Ambassador, actor R. J. Mitte, along with eight other people from all walks of life. Mitte, featured in the hit series “Breaking Bad," has cerebral palsy.

Rather than being defined solely by their disability, each of these individuals is the sum of their many life roles—which includes working in jobs they love.

The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace.

UCP partners with San Diego County employers to offer jobs to people with disabilities. If you have a job available, call us at (858) 571-7803 or contact David Drazenovich (San Diego) at ddrazenovich@ucpsd.org or Gill Hennessey (North County) at ghennessey@ucpsd.org.

Our mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people affected by cerebral palsy and other disabilities.


Shop AmazonSmile and Support UCP

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to UCP.

To shop at AmazonSmile simply click here logofrom the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping.

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Click Here to start shopping. Please tell your friends and family about this easy (and free) way to support UCP San Diego.


New Phone? Donate Your Old One To UCP!

Clean out that junk drawer and help United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County at the same time. UCP has partnered with SecondWave Recycling to provide you with an EASY and FREE way to donate your old cell phones, PDAs and tablets.

SecondWave Recycling is an environmentally secondwaveand socially responsible organization that partners with non-profits to support their fundraising efforts. Old phones may seem useless but they contain valuable, renewable materials that can be used in the next generation of phones.

You can drop off your old cell phones, PDAs and tablets at a UCP Thrift Store in City Heights, Pacific Beach or Chula Vista. You can also click here to print a free USPS pre-paid shipping label or request a free pre-paid envelope. Be sure to type in "UCP" as your charity.

Properly disposing of your old devices will keep them out of landfills and help people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities by funding UCP's programs and services.


Your dollars make a huge difference in the lives of people with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.

to our thrift stores in Pacific Beach, City Heights and Chula Vista.

Our success depends on the skills, talents, time and energy of our many volunteers.

More Ways To Help

May 19
2nd Annual UCP Comedy Night
Fairbanks Ranch Country Club

5:30 - 9:00pm

May 26
San Diego Enforcers Golf Classic
Rancho Bernardo Inn

Proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy. MORE: (858) 254-0876

June 3
San Diego Enforcers vs Orange County Lawmen
3pm kickoff; Cathedral Catholic HS
Proceeds benefit UCP.  MORE

June 16

Participating companies allow employees to dress casual in exchange for a donation to UCP.  MORE

Small Change Makes A Big Difference

Look for our coin canisters at your favorite Coco’s, Carrow’s and Original Pancake House locations.

UCP Thrift Stores offer a unique shopping experience for our customers. We offer gently used products from vintage clothing and accessories to everyday fashions, household items, furniture, and antiques.

Our stores are conveniently located in Pacific Beach, City Heights and Chula Vista.

Locations and Information

Serving San Diego County since 1983, Precision Assembly is a unique business that can help with your bulk mail and assembly needs.

A division of United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, Precision Assembly offers quality service to customers and training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The team of instructors and physically-challenged employees are dedicated to putting your needs first.

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Ready Stamps is a unique full service business that can help with stamps, engraving and printing needs.

A division of United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, Ready Stamps has been providing job training and employment for persons with disabilities since 1982.

As a manufacturer, we can provide quicker, more reliable service at a better price than those who are simply "supplying" marking devices.

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