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The Case for Inclusion

The following article was provided by the UCP National Office, and illustrates how Oregon compares to other states in the types and amounts of services we provide and how they align with our mission and core values.

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DD Week of Advocacy

Did you know that this is the "Week of DD Advocacy"? It's a week-long virtual DD advocacy rally. The goal of the week is for as many people as possible to send a message to Oregon Legislators.

Here's a link that will help you to find your state legislators: 

And to make it even easier, below is a message you can use when contacting your legislator:

 

"Oregonians with developmental disabilities and their families can't move backward, we need to move forward! Don't take away our ability to continue responding to the needs of thousands of people with developmental disabilities and their families with a sustainable, flexible, cost-effective supports and services."

 

You can make a difference! Here's a message from Cheryl Cisneros, GO! Project Coordinator, about how you can participate.

 


1. CALL OR EMAIL YOUR LEGISLATOR with this message.

 

  • Always introduce yourself as their "constituent"

 

2. THINK SOCIAL MEDIA!

  •  Post this message on your Facebook wall and on your legislator's Facebook wall;
  •  If you use Twitter, tweet this message;
  • And lastly, the Coalition will be posting on Facebook all week so" like" and "share" our advocacy posts. 

3. JOIN US AT THE CAPITOL - Thursday, February 16.

  • Make an appointment to talk with your legislators and/or their staff about not cutting services to people with developmental disabilities and their families. We will be wearing yellow and have yellow buttons available for DD advocates to wear.

4. MORE WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

  • For those who want to participate in the DD Advocacy Day at the Capitol on Feb 16 but can’t make it to Salem, just take photos of yourself and others holding a Print & GO Rally Sign then post it to your Facebook page and tag your legislator & the Oregon DD Coalition!
  • Use the Print & GO Talking Points tri-fold brochure for more information for specific budget cuts proposed and our message of advocacy for each. 
  • Encourage your family and friends to get involved in DD Advocacy on Feb 16.

 

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Louis "Topspeed" Albornoz Is a UCP Celebrity Ambassador

Did you know that UCP has national Celebrity Ambassadors? These are people who have committed to help UCP raise awareness about issues related to people with a spectrum of disabilities.

Over the next few months, we plan to post information about each Celebrity Ambassador. Today, we'll talk about Celebrity Ambassador Louis "Topspeed" Albornoz.

Albornoz grew up in New York City, where he discovered the joys of drag racing, driving a 1969 Chevy Nova SS street-legal drag car he built himself. He found easy success in drag racing on and off the track.

But he knew he needed a bigger challenge, so he worked a second job as an overnight garage attendant (grabbing just a couple of hours of sleep each night in a chair!), and used his earnings to enter a few formula races. He did very well, not surprisingly, and since then, he has been competing primarily in Formula Dodge.

Recently, Albornoz was invited to participate in the INDY 500, the oldest and most well-known motorsport event in the world.

Albornoz advocates for United Cerebral Palsy through endorsements on his race car and his website,  www.topspeedracer.com. He also is donating 10% of the proceeds from apparel sales on his website. To find out more about his charitable efforts, click here.


William Macy Is a UCP Celebrity Ambassador

Did you know that UCP has national Celebrity Ambassadors? These are people who have committed to help UCP raise awareness about issues related to people with a spectrum of disabilities.

Over the next few months, we plan to post information about each Celebrity Ambassador. Today, we'll talk about Celebrity Ambassador William H. Macy.

Macy is an Oscar-nominated actor. You'll know him from "Fargo", "Magnolia" and "Pleasantville". He's also a tireless supporter of United Cerebral Palsy, and has been a member of UCP's National Board of Trustees since 2004.

Macy became interested in UCP while working on the film "Door to Door", which he co-wrote, and starred in. The movie tells the true story of Bill Porter, an award-winning door-to-door salesman with cerebral palsy. Porter grew up in Portland, and did all of his door-to-door work here, so the story is doubly interesting to Oregonians!

As Macy says, “The Bill Porter story inspired me to get more involved with UCP and its mission to ensure people with disabilities are included in all facets of society. Walking in Bill Porter’s shoes taught me to see the person first, not the disability.” Watch a clip from the movie here.


RJ Mitte Is a UCP Celebrity Ambassador

Did you know that UCP has national Celebrity Ambassadors? These are people who have committed to help UCP raise awareness about issues related to people with a spectrum of disabilities.

Over the next few months, we plan to post information about each Celebrity Ambassador.

Today, we'll talk about Celebrity Ambassador RJ Mitte. RJ Mitte stars on the Emmy-nominated AMC drama, "Breaking Bad". You'll know him as "Walter White Jr", a character who has cerebral palsy.

In real life, RJ really does have cerebral palsy, although it is a milder form than that of his character on the show.

Mitte began his duties at UCP's 2011 national conference, co-hosting the Opening Reception, presenting the Outstanding Youth Award, and participating on a panel about mobilizing the next generation of philanthropists and advocates.

RJ is also involved with several organizations that raise awareness of equality and diversity. Another cause that he is deeply involved in is the prevention of bullying. He has been a featured guest speaker at a conference for school transportation professionals, and also has begun assisting with a national campaign designed to engage and educate people about bullying.

RJ speaks as a guest speaker at high schools, colleges, and universities around the country. He shares how he has overcome obstacles and how he has achieved his goals.

Thanks for your all your good work, RJ!


National Inclusion Update

We try to keep you updated about what's happening in Oregon, but what's happening nationwide?

Find out by reading "The Case For Inclusion", an annual ranking released by UCP's national leadership. The report covers all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC), analyzing Medicaid services provided to intellectual and developmental disability (ID/DD) populations.

This year's report found that progress has been made, but nearly 33,000 Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities still live in large, state-run institutions.

Visit the project website here. If you want to download the entire report as a PDF, click here.




UCP's New Celebrity Ambassador

UCP's national leadership has announced that Cheryl Hines (Emmy-nominated star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) will serve as a UCP Celebrity Ambassador. She is also a member of UCP’s Board of Trustees.

Watch a video here to see Cheryl describe what led to her involvement with UCP.

Find out more about the Ambassador program here.


National Advocacy Update

UCP's national leadership has been up to some interesting (and important!) things. We thought you might enjoy an update.

 

Campaign to Protect Medicaid


Over eight million children and adults with disabilities rely on Medicaid, so cuts proposed during the debt ceiling negotiations could have a profoundly negative impact on Americans with disabilities and their families.

UCP's national leadership has joined with the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) to create Campaign to Protect Medicaid, a multi-media effort to raise awareness.

It consists of:


If you want to find out more, check out the project website: Faces of Medicaid. There, you can read real-time updates, and read stories about everyday Americans who rely on Medicaid.

 

Advocates Visit White House


On July 12th, UCP went to the White House and Capitol Hill! A group of people with disabilities, their family members, and representatives from UCP and the American Association of People with Disabilities met with officials, with the goal of putting a face on the issue of Medicaid reductions.

Read the stories of these Medicaid advocates:


 

Do You Want To Share Your Story?


UCP's national leadership wants to hear from you! If you have a story about the ways that Medicaid has impacted your life, please email your story to . Select stories will be added to the project website: Stories from Across the Nation. Please be sure to include your name and the city/state where you currently reside.

You can also join the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #No2MedicaidCuts.


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