UCP News

There is always something exiciting happening at UCP! Please explore the links on this page to learn about recent and upcoming activities, events, and presentations.

 

Fun Fridays return to UCP this summer!

Class size is limited. Register today!

2017 Summer Fun Fridays Registration

Local author Carey Link one of three finalists for state poetry award. Read more here.

Enable Savings Plan free information session

TBA: Free Informational Sessions in Birmingham

Enable Savings Plan Alabama Launched

New Plan Offers Tax-Free Savings Accounts to Alabama Residents with Disabilities Montgomery, AL (February 21, 2017) Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer today announced Enable Savings Plan Alabama will launch on February 26 for Alabama residents with disabilities. The plan allows eligible Alabamians to save for their future and everyday disability-related expenses tax-free without jeopardizing their public benefits. Enable Alabama is a customized Alabama version of the national Enable Savings Plan, which was created and launched in Nebraska on June 30, 2016. Developed with the disability community, the Enable Savings Plan was designed to best serve the community’s needs, goals, and dreams for the future. Nebraska and Alabama announced their partnership to launch Enable Savings Plan Alabama in December 2016. “Having seen the success that Enable Savings Plan has had nationwide since its launch in June, we are proud to offer our own customized plan for Alabama residents beginning February 26,” said Alabama Treasurer Young Boozer. “Our focus has been to serve the needs of Alabama residents. We are excited to offer individuals with disabilities an affordable, simple and straightforward savings option that will help them achieve greater financial independence.” The Enable Savings Plan came about as a result of the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act – known as ABLE – passed by Congress in 2014. The Alabama Legislature passed the Alabama ABLE Act in June 2015. Enable Alabama offers five investment options for savers – growth, moderate and conservative mutual funds, and two FDIC-insured, interest-bearing investment options – a bank savings investment option, and a checking investment option. Account owners can save up to $14,000 annually in their own names, and their total assets can grow to $100,000 without impacting resource-based benefits. Prior to the ABLE Act, people with disabilities generally became ineligible for federal benefits such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income if they had more than $2,000 in assets in their name. Please visit EnableAL.com for more information and updates. About Enable Alabama Enable Alabama is a tax-advantaged savings plan to help make saving simple and affordable for individuals with disabilities. The State of Alabama, through the ABLE Program Board, contracted with the Nebraska State Treasurer to create Enable Savings Plan Alabama as part of the Trust.  The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Visit EnableAL.com, and treasury.alabama.gov for more information. Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* · No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee · May Lose Value *Except the Bank Savings and Checking Investment Options

*ABLE BASICS: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8268448768649650433

*ENABLE BASICS: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8268448768649650433

*CHECKING OPTION: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2926877244908540674

*HOW TO ENROLL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2971180966438440706

Family Fun Times!

UCP introduces Family Fun Times! Parent-Child Activity Group for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Registration is open and classes are free. Family Fun Times! are a great way to bond with your child while exposing them to new and exciting opportunities. You and your child will participate in a variety of activities, including art, story time, music and movement, parachute play, and more. Parenting information and take home activities will also be available. Family Fun Times! will be held on the following dates, 10-11 a.m., at the UCP Therapy Center:

  • June 12
  • June 26
  • July 10
  • July 24

Family Fun Times! are provided free of charge to families through UCP’s Family Connections program, a parent education program providing support and education to parents of children with special needs. Family Connections is funded by the Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Children’s Trust Fund. Print 2017 Winter-Spring Family Fun Time Registration forms and Registration Survey: 10 Questions About You or pick up at the UCP Therapy Center. Registration is open and ends for each class one week prior to class date. Class size is limited, so register today! For questions and more information, contact Kendall Hampton at khampton@ucphuntsville.org or 256-852-5600.

Janet Taylor, OT, celebrates 30 years with UCP!

Janet Taylor 2016 On behalf of our staff and the families we serve, THANK YOU to Occupational Therapist Janet Taylor for serving children with disabilities and their families at UCP Huntsville for three decades! 

UAH Students Win International Award for UCP Project!

DASACongratulations to the UAH Team on winning First Place in the 2016 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition – Student Class for their Design Certification Review project, Dynamic Arm Support Apparatus (DASA). The DASA is a device that was designed for UCP Huntsville to assist children, specifically for those younger than 5 years old, with limited arm strength due to muscular atrophy. The project was sponsored by the North Alabama Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Toyota. Read more about this exciting project and national award. Congratulations and thanks to the UAH team!

 

 

 

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