UCP's Butterfly Learning Center is featured in the 2014 United Way campaign video! Check out the video below to hear about Tayler's journey at Butterfly Learning Center in Little Rock.
United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas is a United Way agency! This means that you can designate a portion of your paycheck to UCP of Arkansas through payroll deduction during the United Way campaign. Even a little bit a week adds up to make real change in your community.
Here's How You Can Help:
1. Come to the United Way Kick-Off today (September 10th) at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock (11:30AM-1PM). Come enjoy a free lunch, music, and door prizes. Join us at the UCP booth to learn about exciting ways you can help those with disabilities live life without limits!
2. Invite a UCP representative to speak at your company's United Way Campaign. We have a number of heartwarming stories that speak to the abilities rather than the disabilities that we would love to share with the community. Call Kristin at 501.228.3838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Designate your United Way Gift to UCP! When you designate your United Way contributions to UCP, you are helping those with disabilities live life without limits!
$3 a week would buy an adaptive swing for disabled children at Butterfly Learning Center
$5 a week would provide a child (birth - 3 years old) with 1 month of Early Intervention services (including therapy)
$10 a week would provide 2 therapeutic picnic tables for an Adult Center
If your company doesn’t have a United Way campaign, you can call 501.376.4567 to set one up or you can go to www.ucpark.org and donate online to UCP!
KATV Channel 7 had Kristin Stuart on their Midday Arkansas program to talk about the upcoming Once Upon A Time event that will be on Thursday, September 18th at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion. Watch the clip below to learn more!
United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas held a picnic in honor of National Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week on Saturday, September 6, 2014. This event honored the work of Direct Support Professionals and other employees of UCP and their commitment to providing services to people with a spectrum of disabilities across the state of Arkansas. The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution designating the week of September 7 as National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week. Governor Beebe issued a proclamation naming the week of September 7 as Direct Support Professional Recognition Week in Arkansas. Join us in celebrating these individuals who promote life without limits for those with disabilities at the UCP employee picnic.
Watch the clip below of Channel 11 covering last weekend's picnic!
The North Little Rock Adult Center held a science fair on Wednesday, August 27th. The classrooms each had a project that was entered into the contest. Classroom B won the contest with their air flow project.
Jennifer Bricker was born without legs and left in the hospital by her birth parents. She was adopted into a house with three older brothers and raised without being told the word "can't:. Her dream was to be a tumbler, inspired by Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu. Watch the video to hear about her journey!
Arkansas Department of Human Services is striving to expand home and community based services for citizens with physical and developmental disabilities and the elderly through the Community First Choice (CFC) Option. There is much discussion and debate about this subject as we move toward the next State Legislative Session that will convene in January 2015. Here is some information that will help you better understand what CFC is all about.
WHAT DOES AN “OPTION” MEAN?
To explain this, we need a very quick overview of how Medicaid works. In order to receive federal matching funds, states must abide by the federal Medicaid law. This basically defines what states: 1) must do; 2) can choose to do (referred to as an “option”); and 3) cannot do. As long as states comply with the federal law, they are free to set their own guidelines regarding eligibility and services.
However, states can request to do other than that specified in the law by applying for a waiver. There are currently nearly 300 waivers in effect across the country. Arkansas has four of them.
States that wish to provide most services to people with disabilities in the community instead of institutional settings must apply for a Section 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver. Arkansas has had an HCBS Waiver since 1989. However, this type of waiver allows states to limit eligibility and services.
WHY WOULD THE CFC OPTION BE BETTER THAN THE CURRENT HCBS WAIVER?
There are a number of reasons why the CFC option would be better for people with disabilities. The most important ones are outlined in the chart below comparing what states are allowed to do under each.
States allowed to: CFC Option Section 1915(c) Waiver
Cap services NO YES
Have Waiting Lists NO YES
Limit Services to certain parts of state NO YES or specific disabilities
Arkansas currently has a waiting list of 2,900 children and adults with developmental disabilities. These individuals will directly benefit from Arkansas initiating the Community First Choice (CFC) Option by allowing them to receive the support they have been waiting for – some over eight years.
WHAT ARE THE INCENTIVES FOR STATES TO USE THE CFC OPTION?
The federal government would provide more funding to states that use it. The CFC option provides a 6% increase in the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for home and community based services. This means that Arkansas will receive a 76% match, or 76 cents on every Medicaid dollar utilized in CFC in Arkansas. The first two States that received CFC approval were California and Oregon. California anticipates an additional $573 million in Medicaid funds due to CFC implementation, while Oregon is projecting a $100 million increase.
States can also include community based alternatives to nursing home care in their CFC plan for senior citizens so they can continue to live in the community as long as possible. These services will also be eligible for the additional 6% federal assistance.
Please let your legislators know that taking care of the most vulnerable Arkansans is important to you, and you support the Community First Choice (CFC) Option as a way to do so.
excerpts from thearc.org
LITTLE ROCK, AR - It may look like play, but little Taylor is in the middle of a physical therapy session.
"Helping them move in their environment."
Will Smith is a therapist for United Cerebral Palsy.
"And that's the best part."
Which operates the Butterfly Learning Center in Little Rock
"We're United Cerebral Palsy but we treat kids with developmental delays, autism, cerebral palsy a variety of different diagnosis," says Smith.
"I'm going to go in the circus and juggle like the elephants!"
Inside the preschool, children prepare to move on to kindergarten.
"That's what our focus is to get them ready to be a typical kid when they go to school," says Smith.
Depending on their disability, children can get therapy in many different areas.
"We do a wide variety of things."
Smith focuses on large motor skills. From walking and jumping, to climbing stairs and catching.
Once the child masters the main action, Smith also breaks down the movement into smaller parts like balance and control.
"They're ready and they know they can do it."
Making a difference one step, jump or bounce at a time.
Want to wear Green for St. Patrick's Day? Why not wear Green for another reason! March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and Watts Knots will be selling Cerebral Palsy Awareness Bracelets. All proceeds will go to United Cerebral Palsy. Cost is $5 plus shipping. You can place your order through the Watts Knots Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wattsknots) or contact Kristin Stuart at
Tayler was born at 26 weeks with a grade four brain bleed. The doctors told her parents that she would probably never walk or talk due to her prematurity. Tayler started at UCP’s Butterfly Learning Center (BLC) when she was five months old. Today Tayler is four years old and knows her colors, numbers, and shapes. Despite having some developmental issues, she acts like many other four year olds and lights up a room with her energetic personality. Lynette Simpson, Tayler’s mom credits her daughter’s success to the Butterfly Learning Center. She said, “BLC has taught Tayler how to talk, walk, eat, play, run, and jump and I am very grateful that she has learned so much. BLC has truly changed our lives and gave us hope for Tayler!”
About Giving Tuesday:
Giving Tuesday is a call to action to help promote a national day of giving in the midst of the annual shopping and spending season. Join other donors and make a gift to United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas. Giving Tuesday brings together donors large and small, first-time and long-time, large corporations and individual people. Consider donating to UCP of Arkansas where our goal is life without limits for people with disabilities!
United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas is working every day to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injury and other special needs. Tayler is just one example of the significant life change happening in the more than 600 children and adults we serve each year.
· $3 a week would buy an adaptive swing for disabled children at Butterfly Learning Center
· $5 a week would provide a child (birth - 3 years old) with 1 month of Early Intervention services (including therapy)
· $10 a week would provide 2 therapeutic picnic tables for an Adult Center
You can donate online through our PayPal account. Any amount will help UCP fund the programs that serve over 600 people throughout the state of Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas (UCP) is proud to announce that Team Kelsie has raised over $2,000 for UCP of Arkansas through running various 5K’s around the country. Kelsie Butler’s mother Leasea began running 5K’s while pushing Kelsie to raise awareness and funds for cerebral palsy and UCP of Arkansas. They started in January with a run with friends to kick off the program and have run at least one 5K a month. Friends and family have joined Chris and Leasea Butler to advocate for cerebral palsy and Kelsie. With their help, Team Kelsie has been represented in eight states.
She was born seven weeks premature and initially had a good start. She stayed in the NICU for three weeks before coming home. Her second night at home she had a grade 4 IVH (stroke) they believe to be due to an immature blood vessel or a AVM which has left her with cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, and developmental delays. Her parents were told she would not make it those first few days back in the hospital and now she is five! She also has a hemangioma that she has to have surgeries on frequently, a VP shunt that fails from time to time and vision issues that may require surgery. With all of this she has more courage and tenacity than most adults.
About UCP of Arkansas:
UCP of Arkansas is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote life without limits for those with disabilities. UCP was incorporated in 1957 by parents of children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities who could not find assistance. United Cerebral Palsy is one the largest and comprehensive non-profit agencies in the state of Arkansas. The current array of services has grown in scope from day care and parent relief for five children to a comprehensive network of habilitation/rehabilitation serving over 650 disabled individuals a year. UCP aspires to increase the level of independence for all of their clients so that they may be productive members of society.
For more information about Team Kelsie, go to www.runK5.ucpnow.com or join their Facebook group “5k for K5”. To learn more about United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas, go to www.ucpark.org or www.facebook.com/UCPofAR.
Community Development Director Kristin Stuart talks to Fox 16's Deedra Wilson about United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas and the Color in Motion 5K. The Color in Motion 5K will be on Saturday, September 28th at 9 am at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in Little Rock. It's not too late to sign up - use the promo code UCPofAR25 to get 25% off registration!
UCP's Kristin Stuart talks to Greg Dee about the Color in Motion 5K benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas. Click the link below to watch the clip.