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

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

I couldn’t have said it better myself….

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the word disability. What is the focus of that word? Is it upon what an individual cannot do? I recently learned of a student organization at the College of St. Ben’s / St. John’s University who use the term DIFFERbilities. I like it. I think it suggests that when encountering a person with