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October 30, 2010

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October 30, 2010

My family has utilized UCP’s services for over 10 years, starting with my 14 year old son attending their wonderful inclusive preschool program. Also my daughter has participated in their Sibshop program for 5+ years, I have been to a many presentations and trainings offered for parents who have a child with a disability, and my family has attended various Family Activities. Having a child with a disability affects my entire family in many ways. It has been great to have these services and opportunities available to us to help strengthen our family, network with others in similar situations, and enjoy activities that we would not have been able to in a typical environment. Thanks so much for all you do!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

utilizing the many programs offered in Family Support Services and the inclusive preschool classroom when my son was younger.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see more funding available for them to continue to grow and make even more of an impact on the lives of families and children with disabilities.

October 29, 2010

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October 29, 2010

Over 12 yrs ago I was introduced to UCP of Central PA. What makes this organization stand out is the dedication and passion the employees have towards their job, and the consumers they serve. The programs and services this organization provides to the community go way beyond just suppporting individuals with Cerebral Palsy. They have developed programs to assist and support all types of disabilities, and the family members of those individuals. It is an organizations like UCP that make a community shine! I am inspired, honored and humbled by being on the Board of this great organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have friends around me who have had their lives changes because of the support they received from UCP of Central PA.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

We became involded with UCP Central PA after our daughter was born with CdLS. They have provided our family with many valuble services including their "Sib Shop" for the siblings of special needs children. This is a wonderful program that allows brother and sisters to share their experiances. We have also gone to many other parent oriented programs and have found them all to be worthwhile and very well done. UCP of Central PA is staffed by a truly wonderful group of talented and caring people.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Education and programs for our children.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Start a parent support group with childcare.

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

We approached UPC on a recommendation because we heard wonderful things about the work the organization does. We needed help with understanding our son's disability and how we could help him. The plan the school had offered was clearly not in his best interest and we were frustrated with the lack of progress and unsure of what path would be best for him. Our advocate took the time to review all of our information, helped us map out a plan and actually came to the IEP meeting with us. It was such a relief to have Mel there to support and advise us. She really seemed to care about our son. Pam and Bill

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successful iep meeting

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

contact Mel sooner

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

I have been a volunteer and Board Member for over a decade and have seen UCP Central Pa grow significantly over that time, without ever losing its focus on its misssion. Helping people with disabilities physically, emotionally, socially; helping the families of those with disabilities through support services -- improving the lives of the people and communities it serves -- that is what UCP Central Pa does all day, every day. The staff and volunteers are consistently wonderful and I am proud to say that I am affiliated with this wonderful organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the difference it makes in the lives of its clients and volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to ensure that its funding was not subject to the whim of state agencies/politicians.

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

Our UPC advocate has helped us greatly to receive IU services when we did not have a spedific diagnosis for our son's disability. She came to IEP meetings with us, advised and counseled us and fought for our son's rights. Thank you Mel for being such a strong advocate for us!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my son's IU preschool and in home services

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more staff available

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

The reason I volunteer for UCP is due to the great service they offer persons with UCP. My daughter was diagnosed with UCP when she was an infant, and she was taken into the UCP center on 30th St. in Camp Hill - (a long tome ago)! where she was given physical therapy, speech therapy and learning experiences by loving professional staff. As an adult, she is currently residing in a UCP-run home where she receives all the care she needs PLUS. She attends Alternatives during the week, has outings to church, shopping and many more activities that would not be possible without UCP. I am thankful to UCP for giving my daughter a well-rounded life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

UCP helping my daughter live a full life

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know how I would change it - it works for me and my daughter

October 26, 2010

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October 26, 2010

Our son has special needs and after seeing information on the autism web site about UCP helping our kiddos, I contacted them. Not only did they provide valuable information for how to get specific help for my child but they also hold various outings for children with disabilities. It is a great opportunity for our son to be social with other kids and not feel judged. UCP also provides advocacy for help with school districts and my childs IEP. Thank you UCP Kathy Roberts

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Advocacy

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire more knowledgeable staff to assist with advocacy for children with IEPs

October 26, 2010

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October 26, 2010

I believe in this charity because a large part of my donation is used to provide services directly to individuals who receive services. This organization operates so effeciently, and with a published overhead of only 8%, I am confident that my donation is put to good use. I appreciate the fact that UCP provides services to people with all types of disabilities and conditions, and all ages of people. Therefore, I know my money will be used where the need is greatest, and I will not have to make the determination on my own who has the most need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I enjoy reading the success stories via the newsletter publication.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to inform more people that the organization is a diverse organization.

October 26, 2010

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October 26, 2010

We began receiving services from UCP when our son was only a few weeks old. His diagnosis was very grim and the potential for quality of life very low. We were told by many doctors what he wouldn't do, and some nurses that we shouldn't even try. The fantastic individuals at UCP diligently worked with us and our son to maximize his potential, regardless of what was expected. We were able to mark milestones we never imagined, and though it was months and even years of hard work sometimes, those small beautiful moments are the ones I will treasure for decades now that he has passed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my skills as a parent and in my son's life

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase my exposure in the community for families that are not aware or may not be aware they are eligible to be helped by UCP services, not just children and adults with cerebral palsy

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