Author Archives: Vocational Services Contributor


In April 2015, UCP of Greater Cleveland was contacted by the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and asked to meet with a very special young man named Michael, who was hoping to find a way to follow his life dream of working with animals. Michael’s mother had, for the larger portion of Michael’s life, […]

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Advantages Of Hiring A Person With A Disability – UCP Site Supervisor Perspective

This week’s blog post was written by Mary Ellen Rhein, the Supported Employment Site Supervisor at PNC Bank. Mary Ellen shares her perspective on working with people with disabilities, and what they contribute to the company. I began to work at UCP three and a half years ago at the Westlake Adult Day Service site. […]

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Transition Services

Beyond Project SEARCH, UCP of Greater Cleveland has now expanded its transition services to Summer Work Experiences. UCP partners with both the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and for the first time this year will be hosting three programs in partnership with the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation. Both the Summer Youth Work Experiences (BVR) […]

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Project SEARCH – From High School to Employment

                        Project SEARCH is a program that prepares young adults with disabilities transitioning out of high school to become competitively employed upon graduation. In order to prepare for the world of work, students participate in three separate internships in a community-based setting for the […]

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How Far We’ve Come…

This week’s blog post is from Daneen Crawford, UCP of Greater Cleveland’s Vocational Services Operations/ Quality Assurance Specialist. Daneen has the unique experience of attending UCP of Greater Cleveland as a child, and is now employed here as an adult. In her blog, Daneen discusses how far society has come in their acceptance of people […]

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