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2013 UCP Annual Report

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UCP Newsletter Winter 2014

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2014 UCP Great Chefs Tasting Party & Auction

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Thank you to all who participated in our 19th Annual Great Chefs Tasting & Party. We appreciate your generous support.


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The United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) school program, the Melvin J. Larson Education Center, has for the second straight year been recognized by the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) as a School of Excellence. Only 17 schools or agencies are currently consecutive year recipients of the award.

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 program has earned this recognition for two consecutive years. I commend Sue Knaperek and her staff for their daily commitment to deliver quality programs and support for our students. They work to make meaningful days for each and every child in our program."

UCP, 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 Program and Family Support Services, as well as an Adult Day Training Program and Residential Services. Currently, UCP serves more than 400 students and program participants throughout its service area. UCP is located at 311 South Reed Street in Joliet.

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


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.

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