Dr Martello Traces the Long, Successful Relationship Between Farhad Grotto and the UCP Greater New Orleans Dental Clinic
Dr. Frank Martello, director of UCPGNO Dental Clinic, gave a stirring and heartfelt presentation at the July meeting of Farhad Grotto and the DAHRAF Ladies Auxiliary of the Grotto. It was an evening filled with memories and vintage photos showing the 50-year relationship between Farhad Grotto and UCPGNO. Farhad Grotto built and maintained our Dental Clinic for many years and that legacy of support continues to this day. We are justly proud to have the oldest dental clinic of its kind in the United States. Thank you to the members of Farhad Grotto and the DAHRAF Ladies for their generous financial contributions. They will help us continue our mission to provide free dental care to the disabled of our community.
The Past As Prologue
In 2016, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Greater New Orleans will celebrate its 70th anniversary as a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring people with all disabilities lead full and meaningful lives through education, employment, advocacy and social interaction in the communities of Southeastern Louisiana.
The efforts of our Board members, volunteers and parents of children and adults with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities established a lasting legacy for UCP Greater New Orleans.
Names and places have changed over the unfolding course of our history– but no change has been as dramatic as the threat to our very existence following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
We’ve spent much of the last decade stabilizing and rebuilding our programs and services with the will and determination necessary to keep this well-respected organization as a vital part of our community.
To commemorate this milestone next year, we’re planning to unveil new services in keeping with our Mission as well as taking a look back in time and space as we remember the trailblazing efforts of our founders to establish specialized services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Stay tuned!
Summer Activities for Families with Special Needs
Beat the heat! Our Louisiana summers can be brutally hot so it’s important to have inside activities for special needs kids. You’ll find some great ideas for play as well as learning activities for the kids here.
Free Paralysis Guide
The Paralysis Resource Guide is a FREE 442-page book, a comprehensive, illustrated information tool for people living with paralysis and those who care for them. The Guide is available on multiple electronic formats and hard copy. Request your FREE copy at ChristopherReeve.org.
World CP Initiative WIKI
The World Cerebral Palsy Initiative Wiki is an online knowledge base of information on Cerebral Palsy and related topics for everyone: people with disabilities, parents, caretakers and medical professionals. It’s built and expanded by people like you, collaborating together to create and improve content that will become a one-stop online resource center. Do you have a story or resource to share? Information about sports programs or art therapy? Click here and start writing!
Has Special Education Changed in New Orleans?
Five years ago, special education was so lacking in New Orleans’ dual public school systems that the Southern Poverty Law Center sued, charging more than 4,000 children each year were being irreparably harmed. But as the 2014-15 academic year closes, a consent agreement is going into place, and both the plaintiffs and the defendants are optimistic that improvements are coming.
Read this six part series on Special Education and find out how new money, oversight and school options can make a huge difference in students’ lives.
Spotlight on Supported Living Services
View our Supported Living services spot airing on WDSU-TV, New Orleans. We provide a broad range of services for adults with developmental disabilities. Click here to find out more or call us at (504) 461-4266, extension 222.
Give NOLA Day is just around the corner. Hosted on Tuesday, May 5th by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Give NOLA Day is the community’s one-day, online giving event to inspire people to give generously to the nonprofit organizations that make our region a stronger and more thriving community for all. This is our first year participating so we hope to make a big impact with our organization and the people we serve.
We’re proud of what we’ve achieved but we need your help to continue to provide exceptional services and support to people with disabilities.
Many individuals, even those with severe disabilities, are able to live in their own homes and become active members of the community because of UCPGNO’s Supported Living Services Program. We provide a broad range of services for adults with developmental disabilities. One-on-one direct services are provided to ensure that our participants are successful in their daily living activities.
Our specially trained staff members assist individuals with their personal needs including but not limited to daily life skills training, housing, money management, transportation, socialization and recreation.
Nationwide, more than one million individuals with disabilities rely on the services of Direct Support Professionals to live, work and thrive in their communities.
For more information on our Supported Living Services, contact us at (504) 461-4266.
Visit www.lifelabs.ucp.org, a technology and grassroots-focused initiative of United Cerebral Palsy dedicated to identifying, developing, and supporting ideas that will make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Through dynamic collaborations with individuals, businesses, and communities, we help bring innovative ideas to life.