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Board Spotlight
Brittany Gordon
Junior Board - VP/Sponsorship Chair
Serving UCP is more than sitting on a board for me.  With every meeting, tour, or event I am reminded that the work we do directly affects the participants at UCP and their families, but I’m also reminded how much of an impact they have on me and opening my eyes to true heroes.
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Did you know?  
UCP Enterprises provides more than 100 adults with disabilities a sense of independence and true SATISFACTION in being employed.
THANK YOU for making this possible!
What People Are Saying...
The Early Intervention program at UCP gave Bailee everything she needs to live her life without limits. Socially, mentally, physically, every aspect of her life has been molded and shaped by the early intervention she received from UCP!
Rhonda Bryant - Mother to Bailee Bryant, UCP of Greater Birmingham Early Intervention and Early Learning Program graduate, recent Pinson Valley High School Graduate and Jacksonville State Leadership Scholarship recipient 
Dr. Mark Cohen: Seeing a Need, Leaving a Legacy
Dr. Mark Cohen is a shining example of a true servant leader.  His work with UCP began 40 years ago as he assisted his wife, Lynne, and fellow Civiettes with their annual Mall Ball Fundraiser held at Eastwood Mall, the South’s oldest mall. Dr. Cohen tells us that “the Mall Ball was such a fun event with a different festive theme each year.  It was THE don’t miss event of the season!"
Dr. Cohen also served as a VIP fundraiser for the much loved UCP telethon.  He, along with 150 other community leaders, helped UCP raise thousands of dollars to help reach telethon goals of more than $1 million. 
UCP quickly recognized what a gem Dr. Cohen was and asked him to join the Board of Directors.  Dr. Cohen, an OB/GYN, rose to the occasion providing not only leadership but also medical guidance. 
Click here to read more about Dr. Cohen's Legacy 
Program Spotlight - Early Intervention 
The first years of life are CRUCIAL to a child's lifelong growth and development. Babies can't wait. UCP of Greater Birmingham won't let them. Serving more than 735 infants aged birth to three years old over a seven county footprint, UCP is home to the state's largest Early Intervention program.
It takes a special team of dedicated and highly skilled staff members to meet the needs of the families we serve. Close to 30 staff members including Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Service Coordinators and Special Instructors serve children through UCP’s Hand In Hand Early Intervention Program.   
Click here to learn more about this program you help make possible.
Ask The Expert:  Summer Inclusion
- by Physical Therapist Marliese Delgado, MS, PT

As Summer begins, most families prepare for days filled with outdoor activities and opportunities for neighborhood children to play outside together. If you have a child with special needs, you may approach this season of fun with some apprehension as you wonder how to include your child.  Inclusion isn’t difficult but sometimes it just takes a little creative thinking and planning.  Here are some ideas that can help your child to be included at the park, playground or simply the back yard:
Click here to find helpful tips from Marliese.  
Save the Date - Vino and Van Gogh - Aug 18
Mark your calendars now for Thursday, August 18 at 6:00PM at Iron City for wine tastings, delicious food, fabulous live and silent auctions, and the opportunity to purchase art from community artists and UCP participants. 
Want to sponsor the coolest event of the Summer? Click here for more info.  
Do you or your company have an auction item to offer?  We are currently building a fabulous silent auction filled with unique experiences, wine, dining and travel opportunities and art. Contact Jennifer Lyles Dowdle to make a contribution today. 
In Case You Missed It
Ever wondered how to securely destroy documents or electronic equipment in the workplace?  UCP's Gone For Good business is your answer!  You never leave the office, AND you help employ people with disabilities.  It's easy.  Just watch this short video.  For more information about how your business can benefit, contact Abe Bernstein.
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