April 2016
A monthly update from UCP Central PA

April is National Autism Awareness Month
Forging a Better Life
That's a fact that is as relevant and as much a part of what we do at UCP Central PA as was last month's Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. And that just goes to show how much the scope of our programs and services have expanded over the past 60+ years. What began as a therapeutic service for children with cerebral palsy has grown, evolved, and adapted tremendously over time. Still, UCP remains true to its original purpose: to forge a better life for those with special needs.
Meet Artist Austin Orelli
Welcome to the WildLife of Autism!
It's In Our Culture...

At UCP, we understand that "life without limits" doesn't just happen. It takes communication, and making connections, along with innovation and teamwork. It's no surprise then these are four of the six core principles that inform the ideal UCP culture. When all these factors come into play, the odds are very good that an individual with a disability will learn to embrace his disability and find his power.

Austin Orelli, UCP Agency with Choice consumer in Williamsport, PA, is an example of someone who is doing just that...

UCP Services: A Family Affair
And a Letter to the United Way 
Meet Kristie Dionne and her children, 
Michael and Katie. Michael is
diagnosed with autism and intellectual disability. Katie has been a regular participant in our Sibshops program for 2 years. A few months ago Kristie wrote a Letter of Support to the United Way of the Capital Region sharing her experiences with UCP's programs over the past few years. Read Kristie's letter here.
Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
It's Time to Lace Up!!
UCP is pleased to return on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 9:00am for the 8th straight year as one of more than 40 local nonprofits selected to participate in the annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

It's fun for the whole family! Join us for the 5K Walk or the one-mile Fun Walk.  The walk route is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, and leashed dogs are welcome
Register today to help bring others one step closer to life without limits. Have questions or need help with registration? Contact Anna Spiess, Community Relations Coordinator: 717-975-0611 x217
Magic Night 2016
A Flawless Evening!

Magic Night celebrated its Diamond Jubilee anniversary this March at the Hershey Country Club. That's 30 years of magic, made possible by hundreds of committee volunteers donating countless hours of time and a wonderful community of supporters making thousands of generous donations. 

A very special thank you to Event Sponsors George & Cathy Sweeney and the devoted members of this year's Magic Night Committee. Magic Night 2016 boasted a full house of 227 attendees and grossed nearly $95,000 in support of UCP programs and services.

Our deepest thanks to emcees Valerie Pritchett and Nancy Ryan, Live auctioneer George Sweeney, photographers from Hartman Benzon Media, and The Uptown Band, as well as all the guests, sponsors, advertisers, donors, event attendees, and volunteers...who together helped make the evening such a success! Photos from the evening can be viewed here.

Save the Date for next year's 31st Annual Magic Night Celebration: Saturday, March 11 at the Hershey Country Club, once again featuring music from The Uptown Band!

Children's Art Show & Silent Auction
April 14
6:30 - 7:30PM
Capital Area Children's Center, Camp Hill

Sports Auction
June 18, 2016 
Starts at 8:45am
Carousel Pavilion, 
City Island, 
Harrisburg, PA

Family Picnic
June 23, 2016 
5:30 - 8:30pm
Adventure Zone,
Mechanicsburg, PA

News You Can Use
How tech students redesigned a locker for sixth-grader with cerebral palsy
via mlive.com

For Transition-Age Students, Mock Store Offers Job Training
via disabilityscoop.com

via HuffingtonPost.com