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					    Volume 22
    June, 2008

   United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama, Inc.’s Life Without Limit’s quarterly newsletter

          Here At
Have you ever wondered what goes on at the UCPWA
center every day? As you may know, UCPWA serves the
community by providing a full array of beneficial services
and resources to people with disabilities and their
families and by advocating their full independence,
productivity, and citizenship. We also educate through
public awareness, fund-raising efforts, and
dissemination of information and acquisition of
resources. Inside the center, there are two programs                          Teresa                        Cinqo de-
                                                                     Gary and Teresa making quesadillas for Cinqo-de-Mayo
that are run daily; Adult Day Habilitation (DayHab) and
the afternoon CARE program during the school session                       cook-out in the new Nucor/UCP park, and
which then converts to Camp Sunshine for the summer.                       learned about personal hygiene and grooming,
Recently in the DayHab program, we celebrated Cinqo-                       to name just a few activities in the month of
de-Mayo by making quesadilla’s, tame margaritas, and                       June alone. They are in the process of
piñata’s filled with healthy treats. Participants learned                  establishing an arts & crafts center so should
about the origin of the festival all throughout the week                   you have any art supplies you would like to
while working on their piñata’s and finished the week                      donate or feel the desire to help out with some
with a fun and festive celebration. They have also been                    projects, please let us know! The DayHab
hard at work putting in their own vegetable garden;                        participants visit many places within the
taking turns turning the soil, digging, weeding, and                       community so should you ever see them, stop
planting a variety of yummy veggies in the new garden                      and say hello. Please see page two to find out
bed outside. They are learning about the vegetables                        about our awesome Camp Sunshine!
while they help them to grow with the ultimate goal of
eating the fruits of their labor once they mature and
ripen. Along with the new veggie bed, DayHab has also                                                                   Willie
made ice cream, shopped for supplies and made ginger                                                                    takes
bread, celebrated the beginning of summer with a                                                                        aim at

                                                                                                INSIDE THIS ISSUE
                                                                                Here at UCPWA                       1            1
                                                                                “Wild About Summer”                 2
                                                                                Thank You!                          3
                                                                                Save the Date                       3
                                                                                Assistive Technology                3
                                                                                “Comedy & Cuisine”                  4
        Greg and Monroe putting in the garden
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                                          “Could It Be Autism?”

         A parent’s guide to the first signs and next steps book by Nancy D. Wiseman
         founder and president of First Signs, Inc is for sale at the UCPWA center for
         $5.00 This handbook retails for $12.95 so please take this great opportunity to
         learn about the developmental differences of this disorder as well as the vital
         information needed to recognize the red flags of developmental delays and how
         to begin treatment based on those first signs. Could It Be Autism? is ultimately
         about giving parents hope, hope that they can know one way or another where
         their child is developmentally, and hope that they can give their child what he or
         she needs to have the best life possible, as quoted by the books back cover.
         Stop by anytime to purchase your copy of this informative and empowering

    Wild About Summer is Just Plain Wild!

Camp Sunshine being held at the Sprayberry
Educational Center, is well under way. Kids are
enjoying a “Wild About Summer” theme by
participating in educational and fun activities relating
to the themes of summer fun and animals. They
have learned about Flag Day, Father’s Day, and are
staying active with crafts and projects pertaining to a
weekly theme. The campers have built bird houses,
learned new songs, and plan on visiting the
                                                                      Music time at Camp Sunshine
Birmingham Zoo. The summer started off with an
afternoon of water merriment and has progressed to
a safe, fun, and educational place to spend long                  In This Corner, Notable Quotables!
summer days. Camp Sunshine is looked forward to
every year and culminates in a big end of summer             Always end the name of your child with a vowel,
celebration!                                                      so that when you yell, the name will carry.
                                                                                -- Bill Cosby

                                                              If it's sent by ship then it's a cargo, if it's sent
                                                                        by road then it's a shipment.
                                                                                -- Dave Allen

                                                                  Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a
                                                                      college education.   --Mark Twain

                                                               When a child is locked in the bathroom with
                                                              water running and he says he's doing nothing
                                                                       but the dog is barking, call 911.
Zack and Ethan having fun squirting each other                                --Erma Bombeck
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                                                                                            Save the Date
   Thanks to the following for supporting us during the                                                  Workshop-
                                                                                   AIDB Teacher Training Workshop-
                 recent Olympic triathlon trials:                                  07/16/08 from 9:00-3:00. Dr. Dawn
                      15th Street Diner                                            DeCarlo will be presenting “Working with
                           Shark’s                                                 Students that are Visually Impaired”.
              Olive Garden Italian Restaurant                                      Cantact Jan McGee at 345-2883 for
              McAlister’s Deli of Tuscaloosa                                       more information.

                  Coca Cola Bottling Co.                                           Taste of the Town- 08/05/08 at
                                                                                   Shelton State Community College Join
                    Flower’s Baking Co.
                                                                                   us for our stellar fundraiser this year
           Premier Springwater Distributing, Inc
                                                                                   with a night of “Comedy and Cuisine”.
                                                                                   See last page for more info.
 Thanks to the United Way volunteers who came out and
                                                                                   Early Intervention Update- 09/16/08
  completed many projects for us during their “Volunteer                           Free update on a variety of topics such
Day of Action” held June 21st. Also to Everett Schofield of                                   Dysphagia,
                                                                                   as Autism, Dysphagia, Parent
 Action Plumbing for his continued support as well as the                          Perspectives, Prematurity, Hearing Loss
   volunteers from Holy Spirit Catholic School for their                           and Communication, and Medically
     outstanding work cleaning up and refreshing our                               Fragile Children is being held at the
landscaping with the generous contributions of flowers and                                              Christ.
                                                                                   University Church of Christ Contact
                                                                                   Tania Baldwin at 759-1279 for more
     plants by Dunns Nursery and The Ground Floor.

                     Latest Grants and Awards
                                                                             UCPWA’s Corporate Sponsors
$6,600 from the State of Alabama via a special needs grant
  sponsored by Dr. Robert Bentley, House District 63, for         Platinum:                       Gold:
                                                                  Four Points Sheraton Hotel      FNB of Central Alabama
      computer upgrades and an arts/crafts center.
                                                                  MailSouth, Inc                  Phifer Wire Products, Inc
  $3,000 from the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation for a          The Tuscaloosa News             WVUA-7 TV
                     donor database program.                      Nucor Steel, Inc
                                                                  Jester’s Flowers
$1,115 from the Community Foundation of West Alabama,
       Inc for supplies for the new arts/craft center.            Silver:                         Bronze:
                                                                  Tennis Jackson Electric/        Buffalo Rock/Pepsi
                                                                  Jackson Security Services       Tuscaloosa Toyota, Inc
                                                                  Mercedes-Benz USI               BF Goodrich Tire Mfg
                  UCPWA Board of Directors                        Randall-Reilly Publishing       Capstone Bank
   President: Steven Smith                                                                        Tuscaloosa Teachers CU
   President-Elect: Fred Hughes                                                                   Tuscaloosa New Car
   Secretary: Kellie Minor
                     Minor                                                                        Dealers Association
   Treasurer: Mack Hitt                                                    Assistive Technology Aid
   Immediate Past President: David Kelly
                                                            Do you or someone you know need help with purchasing
   Executive Director: Toni Franklin
                                                            assistive technology equipment? UCPWA has access to the
                                                            Bellows Fellows grant program through the national United
   Carla Allen                  Jason McNeil
   Cheryl Arnold                Jimmy Osmore                Cerebral Palsy affiliate that provides monetary assistance
   Tim Bowen                    Kim Payne                   to people with developmental disabilities in order to
   Mike Carroll                 Sam Parks                   purchase assistive technology (wheelchairs, communication
   Donnie S. Grill              Dan Tidwell                 devices, developmental software programs, to name just a
   Sidney Hannah                Chuck Turner
                                Chuck                       few). Applications and more information are available at
   Sandra Junkin                Tracy Waldrop               the center or by calling 345-3031. Please do not hesitate
   Robert (Bob) Marinos         LaTonya H. Wooley
                                                            to inquire further into this wonderful grant program should
                                 Jack Wylie
                                                            you or someone you know need support.
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                          19th Annual Taste of the Town “Comedy & Cuisine”

  Join us for our signature fundraising event with a night of “Comedy & Cuisine” featuring the
         Southern humor of Mickey Dean Come out and sample local culinary fare, bid on
   something special in our new-this-year live auction (how about an authentic signed photo
    by Paul “Bear” Bryant plus silent auction, and enjoy the #1 corporate entertainer Mickey
   Dean as he regales us with his down-home family wit. Event is being held at Shelton State
   Community College and doors open at 5:00 with tasting to begin at 5:30. The live auction
    begins at 6:45 and Mickey Dean at 7:15.     This year’s emcee is Sammy Watson and food
                               Hudson-           Jewelry.
   judging will be provided by Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelry Come vote for the best appetizer,
   drink, entrée and dessert for the “People’s Choice” award. Last year’s winners will give new
  entries some stiff competition! Taste selections from Full Moon BBQ, Baumhower’s Wings of
                                                          Steakhouse,                Caterers,
  Tuscaloosa, Cuppy’s Coffee, R.L. Zeigler Co., Inc, KK’s Steakhouse, A Cutting Edge Caterers
     and Steamers Restaurant just to name a few. Tickets available July 10 at all branches of
    Cadence Bank, Capstone Bank, FNB of Central AL, Tuscaloosa Teacher’s Credit Union, The
  Credit Union of AL and at the UCPWA center for $25 single, $40 couple and $10 for children
    eight and under. Don’t miss out on this fun night of comedy, tasty treats and best of all,
                the opportunity to support the programs and clients of UCPWA

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