Archive for December, 2008

Resolution Run Public Service Anncouncement

Run, Walk or Roll in the 6th annual Resolution Run on New Year’s Day. The race begins at 10:00 a.m. at Hall of Fame Park downtown at 5th & Demonbreun. Make the Resolution Run a New Year’s tradition for your whole family.

Go to to register or call 615-242-4091. Proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee.


December 19, 2008 at 12:31 am Leave a comment

How to Give to United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee

Click Here to go to UCP’s secure giving link on Active Giving.

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December 16, 2008 at 11:16 pm 1 comment

What Do You Think About DD Services in Tennessee?

In a nutshell, state and federal law defines Developmental Disability as “mental retardation or a severe, chronic disability that severely impacts three or more major life activities, and is acquired prior to age 22.”

The State of Tennessee provides a number of supports and services to persons with intellectual disabilities through the Division of Mental Retardation Services ( There is a long waiting list for services.

There are no comparable services offered to people with other developmental disaiblities such as cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, traumatic brain or spinal cord injury acquired prior to age 22, etc., no matter how severe the developmental disability. In fact, the State Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities has no services for persons with Developmental Disabilities.

Should all persons with developmental disabilities have access to similar supports and services in Tennessee? Should all DD services be coordinated through the same state division or department? What do you think?

For more information about this issue, go to:,
You can also comment on this discussion on UCP’s Facebook page.

December 16, 2008 at 9:19 pm 1 comment

Resolution Run 2009

United Cerebral Palsy and The Nashville Striders announce the sixth annual Resolution Run, slated for a start time of 10:00 a.m. on January 1st, 2009. Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Hall of Fame Park across from the Sommet Center. Over 1000 participants are expected in this year’s event. This is the first race of the Nashville Striders Grand Prix Series.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Durable Medical and Adaptive Equipment Exchange Program at UCP.

Organizers are bringing back many of the activities that have made this event a New Year’s Day tradition for serious runners and fun-seekers, as well. These include door prizes, medals to winners in all age categories, and a traditional New Year’s Day meal of black-eyed peas and cornbread provided by the Hermitage Hotel after the race. Awards are three deep in 5-year age categories, men’s and women’s. Also included are plaques for overall, master’s, grandmasters, senior grandmasters and wheelchair division winners. This is a sanctioned Corporate Challenge event, with medals and plaques for corporate teams, as well.

The Resolution Run is one of the most scenic 5K races in the Nashville area. The certified 5k (3.1 mile) course starts on Demonbreun Street across from the Country Music Hall of Fame and proceeds across the Cumberland River. Runners loop around a portion of the Coliseum on Titans Way and Victory Avenue before, once again, crossing the Cumberland River via the Pedestrian Bridge.

Preregistration is $20 for individuals and $50 for families up to three people. All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a t-shirt. To register online go to
Race Day Registration is $25 for individuals and $65 for families.

Proceeds from the Resolution Run are used to provide direct services to individuals with all types of disabilities throughout Tennessee. For more information, call United Cerebral Palsy at 615-242-4091.

December 9, 2008 at 12:50 am Leave a comment

About the People We Serve

United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee Serves persons of all ages and with all types of disabilities. Our agency provides services to individuals with disabilities in approximately 80% of Tennessee counties in any given year. We also serve as a primary resource center for information about the condition known as cerebral palsy.

United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee is unique among agencies serving individuals with developmental and acquired physical disabilities in Tennessee. While most agencies that primarily focus on developmental disabilities services provide programs for populations for which waiver contract funding is available through the state Division of Mental Retardation, UCP has chosen to focus on the needs of unaddressed populations. Mental Retardation is only one form of developmental disability. Individuals with comparable disabilities have comparable needs, but nowhere to turn within the state structure for help. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities has no budget for DD services and provides no services or contract funding to aid persons with developmental disabilities. Therefore, our agency relies on an array of private funding initiatives for basic services to our families.

To further compound matters, many people with significant disabilities do not qualify for long term care supports under TennCare and they cannot acquire private insurance adequate to meet their significant long term care needs. The individuals our agency serves are people with documented and verifiable needs who simply have nowhere else to turn. Our resources are meager, but our volunteers and families prove every day that much can be done when limited resources are used with innovation and care.

December 8, 2008 at 7:13 am Leave a comment

About Our Finances

Let’s face it. In an economy like this, it is hard to raise resources to keep a non-profit in business. That is why it is all the more amazing that United Cerebral Palsy’s NUMBER 1 source of contributions comes from the families we serve. During the 2007-08 Fiscal Year, UCP families contributed $572,338 in durable medical and adaptive equipment alone. The families we serve are not wealthy — far from it — but they know that we all have to share what we have and work together, especially when times are difficult.

December 8, 2008 at 7:01 am Leave a comment

Saving Tax Dollars

Programs like United Cerebral Palsy’s Durable Medical and Adaptive Equipment Exchange save taxpayer dollars every day. Many of the people who use the program are on TennCare and other government programs. Every time people select a “gently used” item of durable medical equipment through the Equipment Exchange instead of applying for it through TennCare, they save taxpayer dollars.

Through services like the Wheelchair Ramp program and the Disability Housing Assistance Program, simple home modifications make it possible for people with disabilities to remain in their own homes instead of having to move into high cost nursing homes and other institutions.

December 8, 2008 at 6:47 am Leave a comment

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