Archive for March, 2011

Boston University ASB Wheelchair Ramps

It’s Alternative Spring Break at UCP!  Students are giving up their spring breaks to do good work all across the US. In case you didn’t know, UCP of Mid TN has one of the largest and longest-running spring break initiatives in the country. We have colleges  and universities working throughout the community on UCP projects. Watch WSMV, Channel 4 at 4:00 and 6:00 – possibly 10:00 – for a news feature on our Boston students’ wheelchair ramp building activities.

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Boston University ASB Wheelchair Ramp Build

Boston University ASB Wheelchair Ramp Build


March 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment

UCP Awarded Legislative Commendation

Tennessee Joint Resolution Commending UCP

Tennessee Joint Resolution Commending UCP

On Monday, we were at the State Capitol for the swearing in of the first-ever Commissioner of the new Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  Jim Henry was selected by Governor Haslam to fill this important role. Commissioner Henry is a former legislator and former Mayor of Kingston TN.  Professionally, he has years of experience in developmental disability services, and he also has a son, John, who has a developmental disability.

UCP was also honored that day in a surprising and humbling moment when in his acceptance speech, Commissioner Henry acknowledged UCP’s efforts in advocating for the formation of the new Department.  Commissioner Henry later presented UCP Executive Director Deana Claiborne with a framed copy of Senate Joint Resolution 101 honoring the disability services groups that worked together on the effort.  Special thanks to board members Cynthia Leatherwood and Donna (and Robert and Daniel) and many other UCP family members and consumers for your help at the legislature last year in attending all those committee meetings and hearings! Also much gratitude to our wonderful Lobbyist, Mary Nell Bryan!

March 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm Leave a comment


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