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UCP is accepting nominations for the 2018 Nathaniel C. Bennett Memorial Award

UCP of Eastern Connecticut presents the Nathaniel C. Bennett Memorial Award every October to recognize an individual living in Eastern Connecticut with disabilities. This award honors the memory of a young boy that spent his short life making others smile no matter how difficult his day was. 

Do you know someone like this?

Someone who lives their life without limits. This person should be an individual with a disability living in New London County who has overcome challenges attributable to his or her disability and has demonstrated leadership, volunteerism or achievement of such caliber as to be a significant role model to individuals with or without disabilities.

Please consider nominating them to be recognized for this award by downloading this form NCBM Award 2018

Just fill it out and send it in.  There are three easy ways to submit your nomination.

By Mail: 

Nathaniel Bennett Memorial Award

℅ UCP of Eastern CT.

42 Norwich Road

Quaker Hill, CT.  06375

By Fax:

Attn: Nathaniel Bennett Memorial Award

(860)443-8272

By Email:

info@ucpect.org

Scan documents and use

Nathaniel Bennett Memorial Award in subject line.

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Art in the Airport Showcases UCP of Eastern CT’s Exhibit

 

 

Groton, CT (June — August 2018) – “Life

Without Limits” highlights a variety of art including mosaic, sculpture, murals and paint on canvas. This work was displayed recently at a successful Artists’ Reception at the Groton-New London Airport, where the exhibit will be on display until August 30, 2018.

The artwork was created by individuals from United Cerebral Pa

lsy’s (UCP) community program for people with disabilities in CT. The artists collaborate with each other and UCP staff members to create one piece of artwork every year that gets displayed at a public art forum in New London called Hygienic Art. The Life Without Limits Exhibit is a compilation of this artwork over the last eight years.

“People participate in any way they can, whether it’s coming up with the initial concept to making choices about a paint color using an eye gaze. The art program at UCP helps each person express his or her unique talents in a way that’s accessible to each person. The arts can bring joy along with a sense of organization and accomplishment to their world,” said Jennifer Keatley, UCP Executive Director.

Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition Executive Director Wendy Bury added, “This new program is a wonderful way to embed local art in a non-traditional venue. It gives artists and community organizations like UCP exposure to new audiences while brightening the airport and offering visitors a dynamic array of artwork by local and regional artists. It’s exciting to be part of this partnership.”     

The Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition and Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced the 2018 schedule for the newly inaugurated Art in the Airport program at Groton – New London Airport featuring these diverse exhibitions: historically recognized local figures, African-American history and contemporary art by individuals with disabilities. The new program’s purpose is to showcase the region’s uniqueness, history, industry, culture, and geography through visual arts. The collaboration is aimed at providing off-site exhibit space that engages community organizations.

United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern CT

UCP of Eastern CT provides direct service and programs for people with disabilities. Core services include Employment, Residential, Assistive Technology and Community programs in Waterford, Old Saybrook, and Groton. Our in-home and employment programs support people across the entire Eastern section of CT. UCP’s mission is to advance the independence and full citizenship of individuals across a spectrum of disabilities, including Cerebral Palsy.

Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition

The Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, contributes to the cultural identity, economy, and quality of life of Southeastern Connecticut by advocating and supporting arts, heritage, cultural and business activities and organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UCP of Eastern CT, Niantic Lions Club and Niantic Rotary Club Donate Two Beach Wheelchairs to East Lyme Parks & Rec

United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern Connecticut teamed up with Niantic Lions Club and Niantic Rotary Club to donate two Mobi-Chairs to the Parks and Recreation Department. The floating beach wheelchair will be available for wheelchair users during the summer at the Hole in Wall Beach and the main beach at McCook. To learn more about the Mobi-Beach Wheelchairs contact East Lyme Parks & Recreation @ 860-739-5828.  Pictured in the photo from left to right is Eva Menon (Rotary), Jim Loos (Lions), Ken Payne( Rotary), Edie Watrous (Lions) David Putnam (Parks and Rec)., Donna Gada (Rotary), Owen Cave and JenniferTwo Mobi Beach Wheelchairs Donated to East Lyme Parks and Rec Keatley (UCP of Eastern CT) photo by Mallory Cave

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Jaiden gets a new weighted blanket

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UCP and the Elsie Bellows Grant were able to purchase a new weighted sensory blanket for Jaiden. Jaiden is a sweet 4 year old boy with ASD and ADHD who lives with his mother, Tahiri. Nurturing Families at L&M Hospital caseworker Grace Nelson, who works with Jaiden and Tahiri, contacted UCP’s Disability Support Program for funding assistance for the weighted blanket which can cost approximately $145 and up.

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