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United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Oregon & SW Washington is a non-profit based in Portland, Oregon. We've been improving supports for people who experience disabilities for over 50 years.

 

Today, we offer individualized supports, information, and advocacy for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities and their families throughout our region.

 

Our mission is to discover new ways to assist the people we support to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, full of personal choice and rich in community experiences and relationships.

 

Our values are:

 

  • Full Inclusion

  • Empowerment

  • Family Solidarity

  • Diversity

  • Teamwork


 UCP News

The 2014 Family Support Conference was a Great Success!

The 16th Family Conference on Cerebral Palsy and Developmental
Disabilities was a roaring success.  Held October 24th and 25th
in Portland, nearly 150 parents, self-advocates, vendors, presenters,
and staff came together for two days of speakers, workshops, and
connections. The vendors were “generous with their time” and a
“great resource.” 

Our keynote speaker; Julie Keon shared “Ten Pearls of Wisdom
Gained in Ten Years” with the group.  One mom wrote “it was a great
opening topic…allowed me to connect, feel accepted, and that I was
among friends who share my struggle.” Another said that Julie’s words
went “straight to my heart.”

In addition, there were 14 workshops on such topics as
Low & High Tech Communication; Adaptive Play/Recreation;
Custom Orthotics; K Plan; Treatments for CP; Sibling Support; and
the usuals: Parents Panel; Growing Up with CP.

Here are some remarks from Julie’s afternoon workshop on
“how to stay resilient for the long haul”:  “we have to make self-care
a priority, without making it an added stress”; “it takes a metropolis
to raise a child with medical fragility”; “we take 28,000 breaths a day;
if shallow, our body thinks we’re in an emergency”.  She really focused
on the importance of deep breathing.


The Family Support Conference is held bi-annually (every other year).
Plans are already underway for our October 2016 conference.
If you missed this year’s, you want to be sure to attend the next one.

Feedback about the conference was very positive.  Here are some comments from attendees:

  • As a professional it was amazing to see how many families were attending.

  • It will impact me greatly. I always love to learn and really be a part of the CP community.

  • I made some great connections with the vendors.

  • Great resources in adaptations to play workshop.

  • We will keep in touch with new contacts for sure.

  • Increased sense of pride in the community; we obtained ideas to build on and apply for the future.

  • The opportunity our daughter had to be a presenter gave her a confidence boost that will help in all areas of hers and our lives.

  • I learn more about being a parent of a child/young adult with cerebral palsy each year I come.

  • Great opportunities to talk with people and connect with other parents with children with the same level of function.

  • I loved the support and openness of everyone. There was a great sense of community.

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