The Davis family had this to say about their appreciation on nominating Hadley to receive this award:
Thank you so much for selecting Hadley to be a recipient of the Bellows Fund. We used the funds to purchase an iPad.
Hadley is five years old and has Down Syndrome. The iPad has already allowed her access to many helpful educational and “special needs” applications. She is learning and having fun!
The use of her iPad has cut out the frustration of trying to use a computer and mouse and needing someone to complete tasks for her. The touch screen has afforded her a new way to communicate, learn, and gain independence. The opportunity to learn using “new” technology will help her to advance and also find a common ground with those around her.
We are grateful to your organization for considering Hadley for such a wonderful gift. Thank you again, not only for the assistance you provided for her, but for the assist
ance you provide to so many others. Your service is invaluable.
-Shawn, Charlsey, and Hadley Davis
UCP Board Member Honored by Fellow Prestigious Disability Advocate
Since 1992, the University of Maine’s Center for Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) has worked to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their families in our community and beyond – a mission very similar to our own here at UCP of Maine.
In celebration of their 20th anniversary, CCIDS held a special awards ceremony honoring four individuals who have dedicated themselves to significantly improving the lives of people with disabilities in Maine. We are very proud to announce that our own Board Member Avery Olmstead was chosen as one of those four! Avery was honored with the CCIDS Dare to Dream Social Change Award for his advocacy efforts, vision and leadership in promoting social change to advance the rights of people with disabilities. Avery has spent many years sharing his story and raising awareness around disabilities in our community, and we are thrilled to work alongside him as he continues this legacy. Please join us in congratulating Avery on this well-deserved honor!
You can view Avery’s acceptance speech here.
In October 2010, UCP of Maine was honored to receive the Agency of Distinction Award presented by WLBZ News Channel 2 as part of their Annual 2 Those Who Care Awards. This program, created by WLBZ 2 in partnership with The United Way of Eastern Maine, celebrates volunteers and organizations who make valuable contributions within the community.