Missing Opportunities to Do the Right Thing

Families that include handicapped family members know that even the simplest tasks – like getting groceries – can be a struggle. Even without issues like limited mobility, gaining some perspective and understanding from the outside world is no easy feat. Brian Myres – father to a disabled son and friend of UCP– shares a recent story of one company that

Guest Blog by John Riordan: RALLY CRY!

I recently joined the Board of the UCP of Central Minnesota. I joined because Jenna Berger (CEO) and her team are extremely serious about their mission: to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people experiencing physical or invisible barriers.The UCP mission statement reads: UCP is passionate about equal rights for all, especially those who are meeting the challenges

Emmanuel’s UCP Story

  Jessica Neal knew that she was going to adopt Emmanuel from the moment she met him in Liberia more than two years ago. After a long adoption process, Jessica and her husband, Jason, brought Emmanuel home to Minnesota. He became the 11th member of a close-knit family. He joined a family that includes Kira (18), Dayton (17), Cory (22), Titus

A great video to watch about UCP’s mission

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota’s mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people experiencing physical or invisible barriers. This video encompasses everything that UCP is about. If you know someone who could use our help, please show them this video.   http://

How Maddie Overcame Being Born with Cerebral Palsy

    Maddie was born with cerebral palsy. However, she never let it affect who she has become as an adult. Maddie just graduated from St. Cloud Apollo High School and participated in volleyball and track and field during her high school career, but what many people didn’t know was that she overcame a lot as a toddler to be able

Brianna’s UCP Story

  Brianna made a fateful decision on a subzero night in the winter of 2013. The decision to leave friends after an argument and to walk in the snow cost her dearly. Brianna ended up in knee-deep snow and her body began to shut down after walking for 45 minutes. She ended up suffering severe frostbite and lost her fingers

Robo Arm Saves the Day

You have heard of Robo Cop, but how about Robo Arm? For some, this simple piece of Assistive Technology (AT) saves the day. UCP provides complementary AT demos for individuals with ANY disabilities as well as short term loans to ensure the technology will work before it is purchased. Our staff can also assist in coordinating funds, education, and even

This is Water

“I wish someone would have told me that adulthood was living the same day on repeat,” I found myself confessing to a colleague one day in the teacher’s lounge. “You needed someone to tell you that Hill?”  He stated at me with surprise. I nodded in disappointment. The thing is: I used to lay in bed at night as a

Why I need people to cheer me on.

Last summer, my sister-in-law ran a 5K in Nisswa, MN.  The rest of us sat on the sidelines, drinking coffee, cheering her on.  When she finished she suggested that we all run it next year as a family. I’m not a runner. But I do thrive on achieving long-term goals. After I completed 16 weeks of doctoral level coursework this

For Ladies Only: How Cerebral Palsy Impacts Pelvic Exams

I was an undergraduate in college when I finally relented to undergoing the “dreaded exam.” It knew it involved being naked and vulnerable. It knew it was “the healthy thing to do.” I knew I had menstrual cramps that were excruciating. What I didn’t know was that my cerebral palsy would make this exam significantly more challenging. I didn’t know