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September 25, 2013

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September 25, 2013

My son has special needs (autism) and this school has been amazing for him. I have seen such a difference in him in just a matter of a few weeks. The teachers, staff and administration have been so wonderful.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

July 3, 2011
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July 3, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

Good, good people... They are experts with children with special needs. They have been at it for years now. I should know, they helped me and my family, as I was a child with special needs. I now am a contributing member of society here in central Florida. I would not be, if not for the help of UCP.



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

First hand both my family And myself

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

Expand their reach, increase their donations, so that they could service more children and families

June 27, 2011

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June 27, 2011

I am a board member and a former family member. The work that the teachers and therapists did with my granddaugher was nothing short of remarkable. She will be entering kindergarten this fall and is on pace with her peers. UCP is a wonderful blend of hard work and lots love. If you would have met my granddaughter four years ago you would never have imagined that she would be where she is today. Miracles do happen every day at UCP!

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

The progress of my granddaughter after an autism diagnosis at two years old.

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

Only make it bigger to help more children.

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

Thank you for your love and attention for our son, Nicholas. We are thrilled to hear that Ms. Merry Casey will be looping up with Nicholas' class to teach him in 1st grade next year. It's loving, enthusiastic, caring teachers like her that make UCP Bailes Campus such a terrific school. Her visit see him in the hospital last week meant the world to him.

Since Nicholas has spina bifida and hydrocephalus, we really worried about having a school that would be attentive to his emotional needs (with several hospitalizations a year) as well as adapting to his physical needs since he walks with a walker. UCP has been so phenomenal for him. He's not only feeling very loved, but despite significant speech delays and fine and gross moter deficits, he's on grade level for starting first grade next year.

The Integrated Arts are what drew us to the Bailes Campus. Volunteering with Ms. Lang I have seen first-hand the connections this makes for the students with subjects such as math, science and social studies. Their little faces light up as they learn through movement, music, papier mache and paint subjects that they would usually have to be still for. These students wiggle their way through poems, crawl their way through nutrition, and bounce their way across make-believe globes, too busy laughing gleefully to realize how much they are learning.

Project-based learning...I'm gonna say it again....Project-based learning. I taught at a Maitland Middle School for eight years, including two while implementing the IB programme, and so I know from an educators perspective how important hands-on activities are to learning. With the pressures of standardized testing, even many good schools have allowed these activities to go by the wayside for more pencil and paper drills. At Bailes, the opposite is true. As a parent I am thrilled that pencil and paper have to take a backseat part of the day to that of learning through actual experiences.

PTA - sounds like a buzzword or just a title for a group, but it is more than that at Bailes. We are truly striving for "P"arents, "T"eachers, "A"dministrators and even students to work together as a community to hear concerns and work together for the best health, safety, education and happiness of the students.

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My son, Daniel, attended second grade here. My son, Nicholas, attended VPK and kindergarten at the UCP Bailes Campus. I have also worked a few hundred hours volunteering for their wonderful art teacher, Danielle Lang, for Nicholas' VPK teacher, Ms. Ramos who is incredible with young children, and as a room parent for Ms. Casey. In helping start the PTA at the Bailes Campus, I have worked closely with many parents, as well as an administrator or two. I have recently been elected to serve as PTA secretary

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Thanks to the work of many parents, educators and administrators we have gotten off to a terrific start with the establishment of a PTA at the Bailes Campus. We are all working together to improve communication at the school. One discussion we are in the midst of is improving the school lunches, both to make them more nutritious and more appealing to the students. Of course, like many schools, the safety of the children is paramount so we are always looking at ways to improve the parking lot & car line.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through a friend on Facebook

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I can help: Having special-needs children our plates are pretty full. One positive role this group has had for me as a parent is the idea of overcoming personal adversity through helping others. The 2009-10 year was full of challenges for us as a family with months of hospitalization for Nicholas, who was then 4 and has spina bifida and hydrocephalus. The opportunities I had to volunteer with Ms. Lang's art class and with the Orlando Repertory Theatre classes at the Bailes Campus, helped me to look outside myself to others. Volunteering in Ms. Ramos' VPK class that school year allowed me to see Nicholas with other disabled and typical kids, and see how well he was doing in a classroom despite his challenges. Inclusion: A positive change for Daniel, our autistic son, was being given a part in three dramatic productions, two at the Orlando Repertory Theatre, opportunities not availed to him at his local elementary school. Instead of being considered a nuisance and distraction, he was valued and given starring roles, at which he excelled, might I add. Giving children a chance to shine is a terrific part of the Arts Integration program at the school.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

My son MIchael was born at 24 weeks old, and started attending United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida when he was 2 1/2 years old. When Michael started school he didn't like to socialize or be in groups. He just turned 8 years old, and cannot stop talking. The bigger the crowd the better for him. He does things that his father and I never dreamed he would do, and I know there is more to come. The people who work for UCP want to be there and they want serve the families, this environment gives parents peace in knowing their childfren are in happy place where the limits to what the children can achieve and learn are boundless.

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Orlando, Florida

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No changes

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

In 2009 my son was kicked out of a pre-school because he kind of did his own thing and could handle a group setting I was told...I had him evaluated for speech and whatever else they found that my son needed..They agency sent my son to UCP and it ws the PERFECT fit for him...He has come so far in speech and his fine motor skills and general socializing since then...I wish he could stay at UCP forever...we moved away for 6 months and before I even got back to FL I called UCP to put him back in school there...UCP has forever changed my son's lie for the better and will forever bein my heart for all they have done for my son!

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

by seeing my son take part in group activities and making friends and his speech/language getting close to the normal range

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

pay the teachers and therapists more

June 25, 2011

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June 25, 2011

My daughter received early intervention services for autism at UCP of Central Florida School for Children with Special Needs. The staff was outstanding and it made a difference in her life that exceeded all of our expectations. They are truly devoted to their children and go above and beyond to fill the specific needs of each child. We were lucky to have found UCP as are the thousands of parents and children in our area that have found help and hope in their center.

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

I have seen the amazing results with my child.

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

Not change anything.

June 16, 2011

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June 16, 2011

WITH out you guys my son wouldnt get the HELP he needs hes progressed so much thank you so much for everything UCP SCHOOL IN THE EAST CAMPUS BAILY CENTER

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

my son is doing allot more than he did with you guys

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

none

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