Shine a light on United Cerebral Palsy
In the midst of a busy summer full of camps and Kindermusik classes, I find myself relishing the time I get to spend at the adult day support program at the Atlanta campus of United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia. (Check out Hannah’s great blog post about the benefits of music therapy for adults here!)
United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia was founded in 1965 by a group of concerned citizens seeking to establish community based supports to address the needs of children and adults with cerebral palsy. Since that time, UCP of Georgia has grown into a comprehensive service organization offering a wide range of supports for people living with many developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, physical and intellectual disabilities and more. Today, UCP serves over 500 individuals and families daily, offering customized supports designed to enable individuals to maximize their potential, and discover talents and skills to achieve personal goals.
UCP of Georgia offers day supports which provide adults with disabilities a unique combination of work experience, skills acquisition, and community based experiences. UCP operates 7 service sites where adults with disabilities come each day to work and learn new skills. A customized plan is developed for each participant based on their abilities and preferences, offering work activities, skills acquisition, and social and recreational opportunities. These services are available at locations in Atlanta, Augusta, Conyers, Mableton, Macon, Manassas and Savannah.
UCP’s goal is to help persons with disabilities maximize their potential by encouraging them to discover and develop their talents and abilities, and to give everyone they serve the opportunity to grow, thrive, and live as independently as possible. I truly love leading group music at the Atlanta location, and getting to see each individual’s enjoyment and success. Through therapeutic instrument play, singing, movement to music, collaborative songwriting, and music ensembles, group participants are able to practice and develop new vocational skills, as well as functional communication and motor skills, in order to maximize success and independence in the community.
Learn more about UCP by clicking here!