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Do You Know Someone Who Loves To Work with Kids?

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Do you know someone who would love to work with kids who experience disabilities in the Clackamas area?

If so, please send them this link to an awesome UCP job: https://united-cerebral-palsy-of-oregon-sw-washington.workable.com/jobs/141846. Thanks for your help!

Neighborhood Waves had a great day visiting Gresham

What a great day we had on our first group outings to Gresham!  The day started out with a visit to Fire Station 71, then it was off to Gresham Station Mall to make embossed greeting cards with our new friends at the Craft Warehouse!  We rounded out the day by posting our group up at Starbucks to recharge, relax, and hang out with friends!  

Thank you to our wonderful hosts for a day well spent in your fine city!

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    • Sally & Adam at Craft Warehouse in Gresham
    • Don, Amanda & Jason Chillin' Out at Starbucks
    • The Choices Crew Hanging Out at Gresham Station Mall
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October Is Staff Appreciation Month!

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October is Staff Appreciation Month at UCP! And we have a full month’s worth of exciting events.

Our employees will be winning tons of awesome prizes in our trivia competition. They’ll be eating pizza at our pizza party. They’ll be nominating their amazing co-workers for the 2015 Annual Staff Awards.

And this week, we're delivering gift baskets to all of the wonderful employees who work directly out of our customers' homes.

Thank you for all that you do, UCP employees! We appreciate you.

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Awesome Job Available at UCP!

We have another coveted job opening: Full-Time Community Inclusion Specialist. You'll spend your days helping people who experience disabilities get out and have fun in the community. Yes, you'll be paid to watch movies, attend festivals, and volunteer!

Learn more here: http://united-cerebral-palsy-of-oregon-sw-washington.workable.com/jobs/123773. 

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UCP is Hiring: Caregiver for Fun Young Man

Are you looking for the perfect weekend caregiving job?

If so, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) might have the job for you! 

We’re currently seeking a weekend caregiver (“Personal Assistant”) who will support a young man who lives with his family in Forest Grove. 

He is sweet, laidback and somewhat shy. Together, you will do fun activities, such as playing video games, exploring the community, and watching movies. You will assist him as he learns how to feel comfortable with receiving assistance in the bathroom. 

You'll work 20 hours per week (Saturdays and Sundays, from 9am to 7pm). These hours are somewhat flexible, based on your needs.

Find out more here.

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Neighborhood Waves is back!!!

Neighborhood Waves is back!

August 2015: City of Milwaukie

Neighborhood Waves is back!


We will be busy exploring all that the City of Milwaukie has to offer during the month of August!  There are lots of fun shops, historic homes, sculpture art and tours to be had. Tours of Bob’s Red Mill and Pietro's Pizza are set for maximum fun and an extra special behind the scenes look at what makes these businesses great!!

A special "thank you" to the businesses that are welcoming us into their community and helping to make "A Community for Everyone".  Download and print the informational flyer listing all of the participating Milwaukie businesses and print off the COUPON page with special offers created just for us!  Get out there and show em' your support!  And...Don't forget to play Waves Bingo for your chance to pick out a fun prize!!!

Participating businesses include:

  • Cha Cha Cha!
  • Spring Creek Coffee House
  • Bob’s Red Mill
  • Wind Horse Coffee & Tea
  • Dusty Tiger Antiques & Toys
  • Pietro's Pizza
  • The Warrior Room
  • Painted Lady Coffee House
  • Kellogg Bowl
  • Wunderland Games
  • The City of Milwaukie
  • Ledding Library
  • Bernard's Garage

Get the latest updates from our explorers on our Facebook page:

For information on Neighborhood Waves contact: Merna Robertson 503-777-4166 x 390 or by .

UCP Makes the 100 Best Non-Profits List

UCP has exciting news! We just found out that we are ranked, once again, as one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon. We'll find out our exact position on the list on September 30th. Until then, congratulations to UCP's employees and friends! 

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A New Team Leader for Community Inclusion

UCP is pleased to announce that we have hired Kaela Gail to be the new Team Leader for our Community Inclusion services, which are known as “Choices”.

Kaela is currently an Assistant Team Leader in our Supported Living program, and already knows many of the people supported by Choices.

Kaela says she is excited to be a part of the Choices team and can’t wait to get started!.

Congratulations, Kaela!

Learn more about UCP's Choices services here.


Own 'Fierce Love' the play on DVD!!!

You've seen the play - now you can own it on DVD!!

Six UCP moms gathered for ten weeks to share and write about their lives, families, experiences and especially their journeys with their children who have cerebral palsy.

Their writings have been turned into a theater production.  "Fierce Love" is authentic, riveting, and inspiring. These mothers share their hopes, life truths, and admit their biggest fears in their messy and brilliantly beautiful lives.

Now you can own the full theater performance on DVD!!!


Do you want a job with lots of time off each week?

Do you want to make a difference? Would you love a full-time job with lots of time off each week? Then United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) might have the perfect job for you!

UCP is currently seeking a full-time caregiver (Personal Assistant) for a hip young man who experiences developmental disabilities.


He is an active guy who lives with his family in NE Portland (Grant Park). Most of your days will be spent doing fun activities.

Learn more here.

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Want the best weekend job ever?

 Are you looking for the best weekend job ever? Then UCP might have the job for you!

We're currently seeking a Full-Time Weekend Personal Assistant, who will support a fun-loving, sassy woman who lives in her own apartment in Milwaukie. Learn more here.

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Want to Help People Have the Job of Their Dreams?

UCP is currently seeking a full-time Job Coach. This is a great job for students, because the schedule is Thursday-Monday 11am-7pm.

You'll work one-on-one with adults who experience various developmental disabilities. Most of them are already working in fantastic, community-based jobs.   

You’ll help them learn do tasks more independently, interact with co-workers, and maybe even negotiate for a promotion someday.

Find out more here

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Deadline Extended!

We've extended the deadline to apply for our Community Inclusion Program Manager position, so if you'd like to apply, now is your chance!

This is an amazing opportunity to manage an outstanding community inclusion program, helping adults who experience disabilities to explore their community and do the fun activities of their choice. You'll also have the chance to supervise a great team of employees.

Learn more here.

The position closes 6/12/15 at noon.

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Fierce Love Revival with United Cerebral Palsy

Fierce Love, in partnership with United Cerebral Palsy was an enormous success. Audiences filled Milagro and spoke highly of the journey the smart, funny writers took them on.

As a special event during United Cerebral Palsy’s Family Weekend, Well Arts is bringing back the sold out hit, Fierce Love, for two performances on Sunday, August 16th. UCP’s Family Picnic takes place at Harper’s Playground, Portland’s first ADA accessible playground, on Saturday, August 15th.

On Sunday, Well Arts will present a matinee (2:00) and evening (7:30) performance of Fierce Love, the extremely moving play written by six mothers of children with cerebral palsy.

Between the two performances there will be a meet and greet with the writers, cast, and production team; along with food, drink from local establishments and a silent auction with items from local businesses and hand-made by UCP members . All proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will go to benefit United Cerebral Palsy and Well Arts evenly.

Tickets for this special event are available now, and include the evening reception. General Admission is $30.00, $20.00 for UCP Members.

Reservations can be made by email at , or by calling the Well Arts Office at (503)459-4500. Tickets will go very fast, so reserve your space early!

Performances at Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark, on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 2pm and 7:30pm.


Get Paid to Do Fun Activities with Adults Who Experience Disabilities

Would you like to get paid to do fun activities with adults who experience disabilities?

Then UCP has the perfect job for you!

As a "Community Inclusion Support Specialist", you'll spend your days helping 1-3 people explore Portland, volunteer, visit local hotspots, pursue their hobbies, and attend festivals and events.

But it's about so much more than fun activities--it's also about helping each person live the life of their dreams, whether that learning new skills, making new social connections, or getting to make their own choices.

Find out more here

An Exciting Job Opportunity: Community Inclusion Program Manager

UCP is pleased to announce a rare and exciting opportunity: the chance to manage an outstanding community inclusion program.

This program assists adults who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities to access the community as independently as possible, to make new social connections, to learn, to grow, and to make choices.

It’s truly about helping each person live the life of their dreams!

Find out more here.


UCP Staffer Pens Article for Spokane Living Magazine

Click the link below to read a recently published article from Spokane Living Magazine, on the state of employment in the inland northwest region of Oregon for people experiencing developmental disabilities.  The piece was written by UCP Employment Solutions, Employment Specialist, Paul K. Haeder.

Source:  Haeder, Paul K., (2015, April), MetroTalk.  Retrieved from http://www.spokanecda.com

Want to Work With Kids?

Would you love a part-time job working with inspiring kids who experience disabilities?

We're currently seeking several new Children's Support Professional positions. These are great jobs for students or people with busy lives because in most cases the hours are flexible. 

As a Children’s Support Professional, you will work in the family's home, helping each kid to live fun and fulfilling lives, and giving their parents a much-needed break.

Learn more here: united-cerebral-palsy-of-oregon-sw-washington.workable.com/.


Fierce Love

UCP Family Support Director Susan Cushman featured in Fierce Play! - REPEAT PERFORMANCES AUGUST 16, 2015 - ONE DAY ONLY!!!

Six mothers gathered for ten weeks to share and write about their lives, families, experiences and especially their journeys with their children who have cerebral palsy.

Their writings have been turned into a theater production.  "Fierce Love" is authentic riveting, and inspiring. These mothers share their hopes, life truths, and admit their biggest fears in their messy, broken, and brilliantly beautiful lives.

Directed by Erica Terpening-Romeo and Heath Hyun Houghton
Facilitated by Heath Hyun Houghton and Erica Terpening-Romeo

click this link to read the Portland Tribune review of Fierce Love

click this link to read The Crippled Critic's review of Fierce Love

  • WHEN:
  • Sunday, August 16, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
  • WHERE: Milagro Theatre - 525 Southeast Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214 
  • COST: $30 general admission, $20 UCP Members 
  • TICKET INFORMATION: (503) 459-4500 or www.wellarts.org


The 2014 Family Support Conference was a Great Success!

The 16th Family Conference on Cerebral Palsy and Developmental
Disabilities was a roaring success.  Held October 24th and 25th
in Portland, nearly 150 parents, self-advocates, vendors, presenters,
and staff came together for two days of speakers, workshops, and
connections. The vendors were “generous with their time” and a
“great resource.” 

Our keynote speaker; Julie Keon shared “Ten Pearls of Wisdom
Gained in Ten Years” with the group.  One mom wrote “it was a great
opening topic…allowed me to connect, feel accepted, and that I was
among friends who share my struggle.” Another said that Julie’s words
went “straight to my heart.”

In addition, there were 14 workshops on such topics as
Low & High Tech Communication; Adaptive Play/Recreation;
Custom Orthotics; K Plan; Treatments for CP; Sibling Support; and
the usuals: Parents Panel; Growing Up with CP.

Here are some remarks from Julie’s afternoon workshop on
“how to stay resilient for the long haul”:  “we have to make self-care
a priority, without making it an added stress”; “it takes a metropolis
to raise a child with medical fragility”; “we take 28,000 breaths a day;
if shallow, our body thinks we’re in an emergency”.  She really focused
on the importance of deep breathing.

The Family Support Conference is held bi-annually (every other year).
Plans are already underway for our October 2016 conference.
If you missed this year’s, you want to be sure to attend the next one.

Feedback about the conference was very positive.  Here are some comments from attendees:

  • As a professional it was amazing to see how many families were attending.

  • It will impact me greatly. I always love to learn and really be a part of the CP community.

  • I made some great connections with the vendors.

  • Great resources in adaptations to play workshop.

  • We will keep in touch with new contacts for sure.

  • Increased sense of pride in the community; we obtained ideas to build on and apply for the future.

  • The opportunity our daughter had to be a presenter gave her a confidence boost that will help in all areas of hers and our lives.

  • I learn more about being a parent of a child/young adult with cerebral palsy each year I come.

  • Great opportunities to talk with people and connect with other parents with children with the same level of function.

  • I loved the support and openness of everyone. There was a great sense of community.