www.ucpbham.com                                       May 2016
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Board Spotlight
Brian Barksdale
Chair, Development Committe
After seeing the work UCP has done to improve my granddaughter’s life and the lives of so many others, I couldn’t resist becoming much more deeply involved.
I was thrilled to be asked to join the Board and to work in the Development area.
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Did you know?  
UCP is home to Hand In Hand, a state of the art early learning program for children with and without disablities.  More than 190 preschoolers learn, play, and ENCOURAGE each other every day. POTENTIAL is seen and CELEBRATED at Hand In Hand.
THANK YOU for making this possible!
What People Are Saying...
Without Hand In Hand, I don't want to know where we would be...she's their child too.
Brad Hudson, father to 3 year old Emily  
Finding Leo
- Contributed by Steve Crawford, UCP of Greater Birmingham Board Member
Have you ever wondered where your best employees come from? I know where one of mine did. Meet Leo.
Leo is your typical 20-something-year-old guy, a strong, intelligent, pleasant young man. This story starts at the point in his life where he was actively pursuing a job through UCP of Greater Birmingham’s Employment Services.  
You don't want to miss this inspiring story. 
Click here.
Help ONE Family - Deadline Friday
Every child deserves the brightest and best start in life possible, and UCP’s Early Learning Program is known for building a foundation for future success. For children with special needs, however, having access to accredited education and exceptional onsite therapies can be life-changing.
May is Scholarship Campaign month at UCP, and we are asking for your generous support.
Show parents that they are not alone when financial obligations for doctor and therapy appointments, transportation, specialized equipment and more can seem insurmountable.  
Scholarships will be awarded on June 1.
Click here to make your special gift TODAY.
In Case You Missed It
Three-year-old Emily is blossoming at Hand In Hand.  Through your support of the UCP Scholarship Campaign, her parents were able to make the BEST CHOICE for their child.  See how in this short video.
Program Spotlight: Gone For Good
Whether at home or at the office, have you ever wondered how to properly dispose of papers containing sensitive information? Or perhaps you have old computer hard drives, monitors, laptops, etc. that you need to discard but aren’t comfortable simply putting in the trash.
UCP’s Gone for Good program is the answer! 
Founded by UCP to provide employment for people with disabilities, Gone for Good currently employs more than 100 adults with physical, developmental and intellectual challenges.
Click here to read more about how Gone for Good can help YOU and individuals with disabilities.
Ask The Expert:  Five Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters
- by Occupational Therapist Megan Carpenter, OTR/L

When children reach toddlerhood, it can seem like a switch has been flipped. Those precious infants suddenly become more independent and bossy with their favorite word being “no!” Many toddlers also seem to develop ‘selective palates’ at meals. Parents often hear, “I don’t like that,” or “I don’t want that,” when they know the child just ate that food yesterday. Most of these behaviors are considered typical development for toddlers, but, sometimes, the issues can stretch a little farther and be a significant problem for toddlers. Here are five simple tips that can easily be implemented at home to help with picky eaters.
1. Above all else, REMAIN CALM at meals!: It is very easy to become upset and engage in a battle at meal times, and often parents report that when their child does not eat, they feel like a failure because they are not providing a basic need for their child. 
Click here to find the full article.
Hats off to all of the sponsors, donors, players and UCP Junior Board members whose efforts raised $20,000 for our Driving After Dark night golf event.
And to every company, coordinator & sponsor who participated in our annual Casual Day Campaign, which raised more than $45,000. Job well done! 
Because of your support in these events, children and adults living with disabilities are dreaming new dreams. 
Save the Date - Vino and Van Gogh 

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.  
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