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Stories of Hope


disability together The national campaign, #DisabilityTogether, raises awareness of people with disabilities and support their needs in education, employment, military, and in our communities. Easterseals UCP is taking on disability together by maximizing their individual potential to live, learn, work and play. Support someone you know with a disability or mental illness. We can help through our wide range of programs and services in North Carolina & Virginia. Learn more about our Employment Services. Lee (photo: on left) works as a receptionist at EastersealsUCP and receives incredible support from Johnita (photo: on right), an employment services job coach.
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A Special Love

tracy and phillip Tracy and Phillip are our resident love birds at one of our group homes. Their disability brought them together at Easterseals UCP. For 11 years, they've been couple and they're hoping for many more!
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Angela: Back on Track

What's New Angela Easterseals UCP Employment Service Program helped Angela get back on her feet again. With a job and a future, Angela is smiling again.
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Get To Know Our President and CEO

Luanne Learn about the mission led by Luanne Welch, Easterseals UCP President and CEO. Her passion and experiences help build successful programs for individuals with disabilities. She lives by these core values - integrity, innovation, respect and responsibility - which are instilled into Easterseals UCP as an organization.
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Joy for Jalea

jalea Small miracles for this tiny determined little girl. Jalea, who was born with spina bifida, a gross motor disorder, has begun taking steps. Thanks to Easterseals UCP supportive staff at the Dorothy Spainhour Child Development Center.
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Kristen's Courage

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On-the-Go Lucy!

Lucy 1 SPotlight A donated power wheelchair has made the difference in this little girl's life. Lucy, age three and a half, is unable to walk on her own due to a diagnosis of polymicrogyria. A physical therapist at the Charlotte Easterseals UCP Children's Center working with Lucy, decided to test her skills. Within an hour Lucy was moving back and forth, and side to side successfully!
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Our Autism Services

boy on swing Easterseals programs across the country provide a wide variety of interventions that help individuals of all abilities, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Easterseals currently has a combination of services specifically targeting individuals with the diagnosis of ASD as well as other services that include individuals with ASD among their service recipients.
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Sacillia: Starting Over

Sacillia At 17 years old, Sacillia needed help. She found a new "home" through the Easterseals UCP Child Placement Program. Now she's starting over with a bright future.
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Strides for Dareon

Dareon Dedicated teachers and occupational therapists at the Easterseals UCP Craven-Cherry Point Child Development Center in Havelock, NC, have encouraged little Dareon to be more independent. He's making great strides in playing, feeding himself and self-care skills. We're proud of you Dareon!
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Take a Step in Making a Difference in Your Community

Walk With Me group Easterseals Walk With Me is an event to raise awareness and support for families living with disabilities! Join hundreds of passionate people in your community for a day full of entertainment, fun and, of course, our signature walk! Every walk event is different -- your walk could be at a local school or at the aquarium. But every walk is a lifeline of funds that enables your local Easterseals to continue providing vital services and support to people with disabilities and their families.
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Thank You Charlie!

Charlie gaddy Charlie Gaddy, a long-time TV anchor and reporter, is honored for his decades of championship and advocacy for children with developmental disabilities. Through telethons and supporting Easterseals UCP, Charlie was instrumental in raising the funds to open the Gaddy Center in Raleigh, and has helped raise $8 million for children with disabilities.
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