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UCP Newsletter Spring 2014

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UCP School - National Award for 3rd Year

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 The United Cerebral Palsy school program, the Melvin J. Larson Education Center, has for the third straight year been recognized by the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) as a School of Excellence.

According to Dr. Roger Pierangelo and Dr. George Giuliani, Executive Directors of NASET, “The recognition as a NASET School of Excellence is bestowed on private special education schools that have met rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated truly exceptional dedication, commitment and achievement in the field of special education.”

Dr. Jim Mullins, President and CEO said “I am very pleased that our school has received this award for three consecutive years. But more importantly than receiving the award, is that they deserve the award. Sue Knaperek and her staff have earned this.”

United Cerebral Palsy, which serves the counties of Will, Grundy, Kendall, Kankakee, Ford, Iroquois and LaSalle was founded in 1955.  UCP is a non-profit organization that  provides the area’s only Day School Program for children with both profound developmental disabilities and serious medical issues. 

In addition, UCP operates a Respite Care and Family Support Services Program, as well as an Adult Day Training Program and Residential Services.  Currently, UCP serves more than 400 students and clients throughout its service area.  UCP is located at 311 South Reed Street in Joliet. 

For additional information on UCP School Programs, please contact Sue Knaperek at (815) 744-3500 extension 206, or visit the website at www.ucpilprairieland.org.

2014 PFA/UCP Golf Classic

 We would like to thank all sponsors of the 2014 PFA/UCP Golf Classic:

Title Sponsor
P.F.A. Systems, Inc.

Master Sponsor
Pinnacle Entertainment

Eagle Sponsor
Northern Insurance Service, Ltd

Beverage Sponsors
Martin Whalen
Northern Illinois Steel
VistaNational Insurance Group

Lunch Sponsors
Neuco, Inc.
Wermer, Rogers, Doran & Ruzon, LLC

Gift Bag Sponsors
First Community Financial Bank
Midwest Orthotic & Technology Center
Mobility Works

Hole Sponsors
Ajax Uniforms
Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
Brothers of Sigma Chi Delta Rho Chapter
Central Rehab Physical Therapy
'D' Construction
First Bank of Manhattan
Richard and Becky Fries
J-M Printers, Inc.
Kodo Pharmacy
Kolodziej, Eisen & Fey LLC
Lee & Vercellotti DDS, LLC
Lockwood Furnace
Senator Patrick McGuire
Milestone Therapy
Dr. Jim Mullins
Northern Insurance Service. Ltd
Pinnacle Entertainment
P.F.A. Systems, Inc.
Gene and Mary Frances St. Germain
Siegel's Cottonwood Farm
Representative Lawrence 'Larry' M. Walsh, Jr.

A very big thank you to Morris Country Club for all they did to help us make the outing fun, enjoyable and successful!

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2013 UCP Annual Report

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UCP of Illinois Prairieland aims to improve the quality of life for persons with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. UCP provides support and direct services to individuals and families impacted by the challenges of developmental disabilities, in addition to promoting community awareness and advocating for issues pertaining to those with developmental disabilities.

UCP was founded in 1955. Over the years, UCP's programs and services have expanded to serve individuals with severe, multiple disabilities including mental retardation, epilepsy, autism and other developmental disabilities. UCP provides its services in a seven county area including Will, Kankakee, Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle, Ford, and Iroqouis.

 UCP Receives $95,000 Donation from Grundy/Will Sportsmen for UCP

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