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Living Without Limits - Meet Kayden

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Anyone who has had the chance to visit United Cerebral Palsy's Preschool would have a hard time missing Kayden King's welcoming smile and cheerful personality. Kayden, a member of UCP Preschool's K4 class, is a joy to be around. "Kayden is a very fun, loving, dramatic and outgoing child. He's also very affectionate and sometimes a little selfish, but all in all he's one of the most mannerable kids you would want to meet. Family and friends are his everything," says Tora, Kayden's mother.

Kayden has been working with United Cerebral Palsy since the start, getting to know the organization through his time receiving therapy through UCP's Early Intervention program. When it was time to choose where Kayden would attend school for the first time, Tora says, "I could not turn down the opportunity, it just felt right." She was attracted by the fact that UCP's Preschool has a blended classroom, meaning that children with disabilities share the classroom with typical peers. Allowing typical peers in the classroom offers a model for behaviors such as speech and play. "He's getting the opportunity to interact with kids that are like him and others that are not, but still being treated normally," says his mother.

There is no question that Kayden loves his friends and his teachers. "I love the fact that my child gets excited when it's time for school. It lets me know that he is comfortable and being treated with love." He is also a very vocal support for his classmates in their triumphs. Kayden himself has had many personal triumphs during his time with UCP Preschool. "Kayden's first few years of schooling have been amazing. My son has learned things beyond my expectations. I'm impressed because on certain levels he knows more than some kids his age without a disability... Kayden is more a people person now, his vocabulary has grown and he is no longer afraid to explore and try different things that he would normally be afraid of. It makes me a proud parent," says Tora.

In cooperation with the Mobile County Public School System, United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile offers preschool classes to approximately 25 children with disabilities and their typical peers each year. UCP's preschool classes allow students to combine typical preschool activities such as story time and crafts with their individual regimen of speech, occupational and/or physical therapy.

Early Intervention Christmas

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In order to prepare for Christmas throughout the year, Early Intervention will be collecting specific donations each month. No donation is too big or too small! EI serves children from birth to three years of age. Toys should be unwrapped and age appropriate. We are so thankful for each and every donation and the generosity of our community.

April: baby toys and baby blankets (ages newborn to 12 months)
May: balls and dolls
June: coloring books, stickers, and crayons
July: lunch boxes and Barbie’s
August: toys that make noise 
September: blocks and shape sorters
October: backpacks and games 
November: large gift bags

If you are interested in sponsoring EI Christmas please contact Theresa Webb at twebb@ucpmobile.org or 251-479-4900.

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month Proclamation 2017

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Over the Edge 2017 - 74Club

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Camp SMILE will be participating in Over the Edge March 10th-11th, 2017 at the Mobile Marriott! Over the Edge sends participants rappelling down the side of a building as a headline-grabbing fundraiser for non-profit organizations. Camp Smile Director Matrisza Alvarez sat down with Uncle Henry and Mary Booth at iHeart Radio to talk more about the event with the 74Club.The 2017 Over the Edge goal is $150,000 or above! There are unique sponsorship opportunities available and many ways to get involved. Learn more by listening to the link below.

100th Day of School!

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Thank you to Cottage Hill Christian Academy SGA for helping us celebrate our 100th Day of School! Preschool had a great day enjoying activities centered around the number 100.

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Living Without Limits - Meet Clifton

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"We have a bond like no other. He's my angel. My gift from God!" says Tammy Watts of her son Clifton.

Clifton has been a member of United Cerebral Palsy's Adult Day Program (ADP) since August of 2008 and has been attending Camp SMILE since the summer of 2010. All who know and work with Clifton describe him as a complete and utter joy. "He sees the world as one big, happy, loving place," says Tammy.

For Clifton and his family, United Cerebral Palsy is a second home. When he first started within United Cerebral Palsy's ADP, Clifton kept to himself and experienced frequent mood swings. However, walking through the Adult Day Program facility now, one would never guess that this would have been the case. Clifton will greet anyone with a huge smile, a hug and maybe even a kiss! 

When asked about the effect of this program on Clifton and his family, his mother states, "Clifton is very smart though he can't communicate well. One thing he does know is when someone cares for him and loves him. He picks up on these feelings and thrives on them. As far as what UCP has done for our family, UCP has given us a peace of mind knowing that we are leaving him in good hands, with people who genuinely love Clifton. We don't have to worry during the day if he's being taken care of, we know without a doubt [....] I can only speak for the Adult Day Program and when I do it comes from the heart. This is the best group of people and you couldn't ask for better."

Among a few of his favorite things, Clifton loves spending summer days with his family out on the boat or in the pool. So, it is no surprise that he loves Camp SMILE. This year will mark Clifton's 7th year at Camp. "Camp SMILE has been the most rewarding thing I think we've ever experienced. The first year was very hard on Clifton and myself because of the separation issue, but every year has gotten better. I can say that the directors/counselors have got to be angels sent from heaven. I have never seen such caring and understanding people. It's always the most heartfelt feeling to see how they interact with Clifton. When you walk up everyone yells out, 'Hey, Clifton!' If I'm not crying because of having to leave him (which no longer happens) then I'm shedding tears of joy! I would highly recommend it to anyone who has a child with disabilities. It is an amazing experience," says Tammy.

It is hard to believe that this joyful man was once so reserved and closed off. The folks at United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile are forever grateful to know Clifton and to share in this small part of his story!

UCP Mardi Gras Tees

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UCP Mardi Gras Tees are available to order until January 20th!
They are comfort colors and are available in butter and white.
Short Sleeve $20 - Long Sleeve $25
10 or more orders and yours is FREE!
For more information, or to place order, please call 251-479-4900.
Youth Medium - 3X
4X and 5X available in Gildan.