Team UCP 2014 Wrap-Up

All of us at UCP of Greater Cleveland would like to extend a huge “THANK YOU!” to every member of Team UCP. Whether you participated as a racer, a volunteer, a spectator or a donor, your contribution made a difference.

We are pleased to announce that we have surpassed our goal of $150,000, and that number continues to grow thanks to the generosity of people like you! All of the money raised benefits programs that support children and adults with developmental disabilities throughout Northeast Ohio.

This race not only serves as a fundraiser, but also an awareness raiser for UCP of Greater Cleveland. We had seventeen family teams and two staff teams participate in the race, totaling just under 200 racers. Families, employees and supporters filled the volunteer ranks and lots of spectators cheered on Team UCP racers.

To view pictures of the race, go to UCP of Greater Cleveland’s Flickr account or Facebook page.

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UCP Clients and Staff Help Raise Awareness for ALS

Today, UCP staff members Amy Vedova and Kashina Minor participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which is helping to raise awareness and money for ALS. When Amy mentioned the challenge to the clients, they were very eager to help. Some clients held up a sign saying “UCP of Greater Cleveland Helping Raise Awareness” while other clients provided moral support by being in the splash zone. One client, Tim, had the idea to play the song “Ice Ice Baby” by rapper Vanilla Ice. Amy and Kashina then became known as the “Ice Ice Ladies.” If you would like to watch Amy and Kashina get doused in ice water, check out UCP’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ucpcleveland. Below are some pictures of the event.

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In First, State Adopts Updated ‘Handicapped’ Symbol

A revamped version of the blue and white icon that’s long symbolized accessibility everywhere from parking lots to restrooms will soon be commonplace in more communities.

Under a bill signed late last week, New York will be come the first state to require all new and replacement signage used to signify accessibility for people with disabilities to include a more active, in-motion image of a person using a wheelchair.

The state will also change the terminology on such signs, employing the word “accessible” instead of “handicapped.”

The shift is about more than aesthetics, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in signing the legislation.

“This bill is an important step toward correcting society’s understanding of accessibility and eliminating a stigma,” Cuomo said.

New York City and a smattering of other localities, businesses and schools have already agreed to adopt the revamped symbol, known as the “Accessible Icon,” which first gained momentum through a grassroots effort in Boston.

What’s more, the icon is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of an exhibit of culturally-relevant designs developed in recent decades.

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Inclusive Classrooms Provide Language Boost, Study Finds

For young children with disabilities, the key to mastering language may be surrounding them with their typically-developing peers, researchers say.

Over the course of just one school year, a new study finds that preschoolers with disabilities who attended mainstream classes with highly-skilled peers were using language on par with their classmates without disabilities.

By comparison, kids with special needs who were surrounded by children with weak language skills remained far behind their typically-developing peers at the end of the school year.

The findings come from a study of 670 Ohio preschoolers, slightly more than half of whom had a disability like autism, language impairment or Down syndrome. All of the kids’ language skills were measured in the fall and spring using a standardized assessment.

Children with disabilities in classrooms with highly-skilled peers outperformed those surrounded by the lowest-skilled youngsters by 40 percent in the spring testing, according to findings published online in the journal Psychological Science.

“In a sense, the typically-developing children act as experts who can help their classmates who have disabilities,” said Laura Justice, a professor of teaching and learning at The Ohio State University who co-authored the study.

While kids with disabilities saw a big boost from attending class with children with strong language skills, researchers note that the kids with the greatest abilities did not see any downside from interacting with those who were not as advanced.

“The biggest problem comes when we have a classroom of children with disabilities with no highly-skilled peers among them,” Justice said. “In that case, they have limited opportunity to improve their use of language.”

The findings highlight the importance of inclusion for young kids with disabilities, researchers say.

“We have to give serious thought to how we organize our classrooms to give students with disabilities the best chance to succeed,” Justice said.

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Cleveland Triathlon Race Results

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Congratulations to everyone who competed this past weekend in the Cleveland Triathlon! Curious how you did? Check the race results here: http://premierraces.org/cleveland-triathlon.

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