When Todd and Lindsay Jordan of Lemoore were told six years ago that their eldest daughter, Brooke, had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy it was a life changing discovery. They soon learned of the Hanford UCP early intervention program and began to receive services each week until Brooke was three years old. When their second daughter Ava was born, it was not long before they started recognizing many of the the same signs that Brooke experienced as an infant and shortly after, Ava, too, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Ava, now 14 months old, visits the Hanford center twice a week and receives a home visit once a week. For the Jordan family, United Cerebral Palsy of Central California has made a significant difference in their lives.
Randy is a student at United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). He was born with Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Dystrophy in Chowchilla, California. He moved back home to be closer to UCP.
Randy started at UCP when he was 21. He is now 44 years old. He comes to UCP five days a week. He rides the E.O.C bus and is on the bus for an hour and fifteen minutes each way.
Randy comes to UCP in the morning and waits for class to start at 9am. He has class until 11am, and then he has lunch with the other students in the Board Room. After lunch he has another class until 1:50pm. He likes the staff at UCP. He said that the staff members are a lot of fun. He likes Margaret, Scott, and Isaac because they are helpful. He also likes to talk to Paul, Adam, and Marsha.
Randy has taken many classes at UCP including in the Computer Lab, the Art Room, the North Wing, the Performing Arts area, the kitchen, and the Board Room. Computer art, computer games, making key chains with Zeke, e-mail class, baking class with Val and Chany, and I-pad class, with Sam and John, are some of the classes Randy likes best.
Randy does his work on the computer at UCP and on his computer at home using the on-screen keyboard. This was how he answered the questions for this article. Randy remarked, "UCP is a good place to visit with friends and to do your duties at the same time, like cleaning up after yourself." Also, he thinks what he does at UCP helps him at home.
He has liked every event UCP has done. He has danced in his power wheelchair and performed in the shows at Christmas. For the Christmas show one year, Paul, Adam and Randy were called The Power Tools when they danced in their wheelchairs.
Linda Foster, a board member at UCP, had the following thoughts about Randy:
"I have known Randy for a few years now. I spent some time helping out at UCP and I got to know him even better while I was there. He is naturally outgoing, friendly, and truly engaging and interested in the people around him.. He loves to write to friends, including me, on Facebook and by e-mail. I chatted with him when I visited at UCP’s Camp Mountain High a couple of years ago. He and the other students have a great time every year at camp.
"Randy will patiently explain something to me, even though it takes a great deal of energy to repeat himself and make himself heard and understood. I remember when he showed me how he opens and closes the zippers on his notebook or book-bag to keep everything secure. It isn’t that easy for him to do, but he still likes to demonstrate how he does it. He radiates a love of life, perseverance, a can-do attitude, and a lot of charm. I certainly was charmed by him when I first met him and I still am. I am definitely a fan of Randy."
Jeff Snyder, the Executive Director of UCP, is another fan of Randy and had this to say about him:
"I have known Randy since he first came to UCP in the early 1990s. He is bright, usually full of energy, always strong in his opinions and a real disciple of technology. Computers provide a major portion of his social network and he has e-mail friends literally around the world.
"Personally, I have carried Randy with me - at least in my heart - for many years. Here's what I mean. Randy has been one of the UCP Mountain High Campers every year since he came to UCP. In 1995 or 1996, Randy created a picture for me at Camp Mountain High. He used green tissue, pine cone bits, one central wild flower and additional flower petals. When he returned from camp, one of our staff members helped him get his incredible piece of art framed and he proudly presented it to me. I have treasured it since that time and it has been displayed in every office I've had since then and I've told people up and down the state about Randy, the camper artist, who created it.
"When I returned to UCP in May of 2010, Randy's camp art came with me. Come by some time and let me show it to you. And if you haven't already met Randy in person, please come by UCP and meet him too. You'll want to carry him around in your heart just as I do!"
United Cerebral Palsy of Central California is accepting proposals to design, develop, and host the organization’s UCP Day web site. UCP Day is a new annual awareness and fundraising event for our 501c3 organization. The purpose of this RFP is to provide a fair evaluation for all candidates, and to provide the candidates with the evaluation criteria and scope of work against which they will be judged. Proposals are due by noon, Monday April 8, 2013. They may be submitted via email only to email@example.com. The selection of the successful proposal will occur on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Please download the attached full RFP for details.
United Cerebral Palsy of Central California is pleased to announce the addition of Barry Falke as the Director of Corporate Giving & Mission Driven Business. Since 2006, Mr. Falke has served as the President/CEO of Rotary Storyland & Playland at Roeding Park in Fresno. A Fresno native, he attended CSU Fresno majoring in Communications and also received his Master’s Degree in Theology from the Mennonite Brethren Seminary. Barry currently serves on the board of the Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau as well as the board for the Leadership Fresno Alumni Association. He is currently the Assistant Governor of Information & Communications for Rotary District 5230. Barry is passionate about his family, and takes great pride in his two children.
“Barry will be an excellent addition to our professional team,” says UCP Executive Director Jeffrey Snyder. “Barry’s background in non-profit administration and fundraising, combined with his successful business experience and his exceptional interpersonal skills is exactly what UCP needs to move us into the next generation of service to people with disabilities and to our community as a whole!” UCP of Central California is a community based social services organization that was started nearly 60 years ago by parents who wanted to better the lives of their children with disabilities. Today, United Cerebral Palsy of Central California continues that legacy, and excels in providing services to more than 700 children and adults living with an entire spectrum of disabilities in seven counties; Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare.