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Louis "Topspeed" Albornoz Is a UCP Celebrity Ambassador

Did you know that UCP has national Celebrity Ambassadors? These are people who have committed to help UCP raise awareness about issues related to people with a spectrum of disabilities.

Over the next few months, we plan to post information about each Celebrity Ambassador. Today, we'll talk about Celebrity Ambassador Louis "Topspeed" Albornoz.

Albornoz grew up in New York City, where he discovered the joys of drag racing, driving a 1969 Chevy Nova SS street-legal drag car he built himself. He found easy success in drag racing on and off the track.

But he knew he needed a bigger challenge, so he worked a second job as an overnight garage attendant (grabbing just a couple of hours of sleep each night in a chair!), and used his earnings to enter a few formula races. He did very well, not surprisingly, and since then, he has been competing primarily in Formula Dodge.

Recently, Albornoz was invited to participate in the INDY 500, the oldest and most well-known motorsport event in the world.

Albornoz advocates for United Cerebral Palsy through endorsements on his race car and his website,  www.topspeedracer.com. He also is donating 10% of the proceeds from apparel sales on his website. To find out more about his charitable efforts, click here.


William Macy Is a UCP Celebrity Ambassador

Did you know that UCP has national Celebrity Ambassadors? These are people who have committed to help UCP raise awareness about issues related to people with a spectrum of disabilities.

Over the next few months, we plan to post information about each Celebrity Ambassador. Today, we'll talk about Celebrity Ambassador William H. Macy.

Macy is an Oscar-nominated actor. You'll know him from "Fargo", "Magnolia" and "Pleasantville". He's also a tireless supporter of United Cerebral Palsy, and has been a member of UCP's National Board of Trustees since 2004.

Macy became interested in UCP while working on the film "Door to Door", which he co-wrote, and starred in. The movie tells the true story of Bill Porter, an award-winning door-to-door salesman with cerebral palsy. Porter grew up in Portland, and did all of his door-to-door work here, so the story is doubly interesting to Oregonians!

As Macy says, “The Bill Porter story inspired me to get more involved with UCP and its mission to ensure people with disabilities are included in all facets of society. Walking in Bill Porter’s shoes taught me to see the person first, not the disability.” Watch a clip from the movie here.


RJ Mitte Is a UCP Celebrity Ambassador

Did you know that UCP has national Celebrity Ambassadors? These are people who have committed to help UCP raise awareness about issues related to people with a spectrum of disabilities.

Over the next few months, we plan to post information about each Celebrity Ambassador.

Today, we'll talk about Celebrity Ambassador RJ Mitte. RJ Mitte stars on the Emmy-nominated AMC drama, "Breaking Bad". You'll know him as "Walter White Jr", a character who has cerebral palsy.

In real life, RJ really does have cerebral palsy, although it is a milder form than that of his character on the show.

Mitte began his duties at UCP's 2011 national conference, co-hosting the Opening Reception, presenting the Outstanding Youth Award, and participating on a panel about mobilizing the next generation of philanthropists and advocates.

RJ is also involved with several organizations that raise awareness of equality and diversity. Another cause that he is deeply involved in is the prevention of bullying. He has been a featured guest speaker at a conference for school transportation professionals, and also has begun assisting with a national campaign designed to engage and educate people about bullying.

RJ speaks as a guest speaker at high schools, colleges, and universities around the country. He shares how he has overcome obstacles and how he has achieved his goals.

Thanks for your all your good work, RJ!


National Inclusion Update

We try to keep you updated about what's happening in Oregon, but what's happening nationwide?

Find out by reading "The Case For Inclusion", an annual ranking released by UCP's national leadership. The report covers all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC), analyzing Medicaid services provided to intellectual and developmental disability (ID/DD) populations.

This year's report found that progress has been made, but nearly 33,000 Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities still live in large, state-run institutions.

Visit the project website here. If you want to download the entire report as a PDF, click here.




UCP's New Celebrity Ambassador

UCP's national leadership has announced that Cheryl Hines (Emmy-nominated star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) will serve as a UCP Celebrity Ambassador. She is also a member of UCP’s Board of Trustees.

Watch a video here to see Cheryl describe what led to her involvement with UCP.

Find out more about the Ambassador program here.