UCP Central PA 2005-2006 Board of Directors Marion C. Alexander Janak Amin Joanne Book, Esquire Frank Clark, Esquire Sandra Drummond Ben Francavilla Todd Getgen, Esquire John Hickey, Esquire Karen Horan Dwayne Keller Gerard C. Kramer, Esquire UCP Central PA- Gregg Mace Richard Michaelian Christopher Rockey Schmidt, Ronca, & Kramer, PC Karen Roland Jackie Singel George T. Sweeney Tonia Leitzel Ulsh Paul Wagner David Weakland William Wilkison 2005-2006 Life Board Members Lawrence B. Abrams III, Esquire Attitude Essay Contest Doris Brunner George E. Ferrey, Jr. Glenn Hoffman William J. Kaldes Shaun O’Toole, Esquire Susannah J. Rothman Todd Vander Woude For more information contact: Shawn Kaup Community Relations Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-975-0611 x 233 UCP Central PA The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania, Inc. (UCP) is to assist infants, children, youth, and adults, with disabilities, and their families, achieve their goals of development, growth, independence, and full citizenship. We encourage and strengthen skills and capabilities for each individual so they may become as independent as possible. UCP is one of the most comprehensive agencies in the United Cerebral Palsy network. For more than 52 years, we have been a leader in assisting people with disabilities. UCP provides services and programs for more than 2100 children and adults, with disabilities, and their families. Services are provided in 11 Central Pennsylvania counties. UCP operates from 15 facilities: the Capital Area Children's Center, eleven adult day programs, and three group residences. At UCP Central PA, more than 92 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to programs and services. Who We Serve UCP Central PA UCP Central PA provides services to diverse groups 925 Linda Lane of people – not just those with cerebral palsy. Over Camp Hill, PA 17011 94% of our program participants have developmental (717) 737-3477 and acquired disabilities other than cerebral palsy. or Toll Free: UCP Services are needed now more than ever due to 1-800-998-4UCP the increased number of children diagnosed with autism, and premature and low birth weight babies, www.ucpcentralpa.org who have a greater probability of developmental disabilities. History of the Contest Just before Christmas, 1993, a young girl in Ft. Wayne, Indiana wrote a letter to Santa Claus asking for one day at school during which the other children would not make fun of her because of her disability. Amy Hagadorn has cerebral palsy, walks with a limp and sometimes uses a wheelchair. The local newspaper published her letter, the national media picked up on the story, and letters from every corner of the world began pouring into the Hagadorn household. Ft. Wayne even had an “Amy Hagadorn” day, complete with a parade and Amy riding on a float. Two years later, the “ATTITUDES” Essay Contest was initiated through the joint efforts of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana and the Indiana Governor’s Planning Council for People’s with Disabilities. In March 1996, 38 children in Marion County responded to an invitation to participate in the contest; four children were awarded cash prizes; all essayists received “ATTITUDES” buttons and certificates of participation. Including the 1999 contest, more than 1300 essays have been submitted from 81 schools throughout Indiana, thanks to the encouragement of 143 teachers of grades 3 through 8. Three first place and second place winners have been honored each year at a luncheon and the essays of more than 100 children have been published in four booklets. In 1998, Amy’s story was included in the Chicken Soup for Kid’s Souls book. The “ATTITUDES” essays were hand-written and typed on computers; some included computer art or hand-written illustrations. Some children with disabilities wrote of their own experiences; typically developing children interviewed people with disabilities; others wrote of their observations; still others wrote fictional accounts or poetry. The children wrote about disabled veterans, grandmothers with Alzheimer’s, celebrities with spinal cord injury and polio, and local heroes with cerebral palsy. They wrote about school friends with mental retardation, diabetes, learning disabilities; and they wrote about relatives with hearing or visual disabilities and those with multiple sclerosis or arthritis. The essays included expressions of pity and awe; many children admonished non-disabled adults not to be inconsiderate nor too helpful to people with disabilities. Each essay illustrated amazing wisdom and the basic kindness of each author. Each writer clearly thought about the challenges experienced every day by people with disabilities and about the barriers created by people with “bad attitudes” (those with and without disabilities). Some essays created new ways of thinking or talking about people with disabilities; some criticized the stereotypes that have historically limited people with disabilities. Many essayists were knowledgeable about laws relating to education, employment and access for people with disabilities. The authors, we hope, represent a generation of Americans who will understand and value the ABILITIES of all people. They recognize that a disability becomes a handicap only when structural or attitudinal barriers made it so…and they’re determined to help break down those attitudinal barriers. Attitudes Essay Contest Get an Attitude! Since 1999, UCP Central PA’s annual essay contest for school students from grades 3 through 12 encourages young people to write about persons with a disability that they have met, read about, or saw in a movie, and how their opinion of persons with a disability has changed for the better. Each year, hundreds of young people participate from school districts throughout Central PA. Essays are anonymously judged by teachers and other parents, with cash awards, buttons and certificates of appreciation given as top awards in three categories. How to get started 1. Call UCP’s Community Relations Department at 717-975-0611. 2. Distribute participation packs to students. 3. Generate excitement 4. Collect essays and mail them to UCP. 5. Plan an assembly to congratulate the winners! It’s that easy!! Program Facts The program runs September through April. There are four age groups 3rd & 4th grade, 5th &6th grade, 7th & 8th grade, and 9th through 12th grade. More than 350 packets are mailed to schools in Central PA. Average participation is 400 students. In five years, more than 2,400 essays have been submitted. All participants receive a button and a certificate of participation. More than $1,000 in awards are given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category. Contest Rules & Guidelines WHO MAY ENTER Any Central Pennsylvania school student in grades 3 through 12 may enter the contest. DIVISIONS (A) Grades 3 and 4 (B) Grades 5 and 6 (C) Grades 7 and 8 (D) Grades 9 through 12 CONTEST RULES: 1. Each student may submit only one entry. 2. All entries should be typed or legibly printed on 8-1/2 by 11 white paper. 3. Entries should not exceed 500 words (count every word except the title). 4. Entries must include a completed entry form, (copies are acceptable). 5. All work must be original. (Parents, it’s ok to check for spelling and grammar but not content!) 6. Entries must be submitted to UCP Central PA no later than January 31, 2006. 7. No entries will be returned, so be sure to keep a copy for yourself. ESSAY CONTEST 1. Interview a child or adult with a disability and describe his/her experiences with the attitudes of others, OR 2. Read a book about people with disabilities and describe the impact of attitude on their lives, OR 3. Write about your own observations or feelings about attitudes toward people with disabilities. JUDGING PROCESS 1. All essays will be judged on the basis of creativity, originality, quality of writing, and understanding of the issue. 2. A panel of professional judges will select the winners in each division. 3. Winners will be announced and prizes handed out at your school’s year-end awards assembly in the spring. Mail essays with entry form attached to: Attitudes Essay Contest c/o UCP Central PA 44 S. 38th Street Camp Hill, PA 17011 Person First Language Examples to use and share Labels not to use… People First Language… the handicapped or the disabled people with disabilities the mentally retarded or he’s retarded people with mental retardation or he has a cognitive impairment my son is autistic my son has autism she’s a Down’s; she’s a Mongoloid she has Down Syndrome birth defect has a congenital disability epileptic a person with epilepsy wheelchair bound or confined to a uses a wheelchair or a mobility wheelchair chair or is a wheelchair user she is developmentally delayed she has a developmental disability he’s a crippled; lame he has an orthopedic disability she’s a dwarf (or midget) she has short stature mute is nonverbal is learning disabled or LD has a learning disability afflicted with, suffers from, victim of person who has… she’s emotionally disturbed; she’s she has an emotional disability crazy normal and/or healthy a person without a disability quadriplegic, paraplegic, etc. he has quadriplegia, paraplegia, etc. she’s in Special Ed. she receives Special Ed services handicapped parking accessible parking Attitudes Essay Contest Entry Form 2005-2006 CONTEST DIVISION (check one): Grades 3-4 Grades 5-6 Grades 7-8 Grades 9 - 12 NAME: _____________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS: __________________________________________________________________ CITY: ____________________________________________ ZIP CODE: _______________ TELEPHONE: (___) _________________ EMAIL: _________________________________ I certify that this is my original work (signature): ___________________________________ SCHOOL: ___________________________________________________________________ TEACHER: __________________________________________________________________ SIGNATURE OF PARENT OR TEACHER: _______________________________________ (THIS SIGNATURE INDICATES THAT THE SIGNEE HAS READ THE ENTRY AND VERIFIES THAT IT IS AN ORIGINAL WORK THAT HAS NOT BEEN PLAGIARIZED.) Mail to: ATTITUDE Essay contest c/o UCP Central PA 44 S. 38th Street Camp Hill, PA 17011 Essays must be submitted to UCP Central PA no later than January 31, 2006 If you have any questions regarding the contest please contact Shawn Kaup, Community Relations Coordinator at email@example.com or 717-975-0611.
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