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Luanne Welch

Easterseals UCP North Carolina & Virginia CEO and President

On my first day of first grade in rural North Carolina, my first 2 friends had disabilities.  So it is no surprise years later that disability services are my passion, my life's work. 

Throughout my Easterseals UCP career, I have met (and fallen in love with) thousands of clients and family members.  I have been truly blessed to meet many of our children, students, seniors, and the family members who love them - up close and personal.

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Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and siblings count on Easterseals UCP every day.  We become allies, confidantes and team mates.  We hear about the victories, frustrations, and challenges.  We understand that a ‘disability’ does not happen to one person, it happens to the entire family unit. 

Our core values – integrity, innovation, respect and responsibility - drive every decision we make as an organization and as employees.  And we do what we do because of what we believe:

We believe children and adults with disabilities and mental health challenges can be contributing & engaged members of their families & communities.  ...That’s why we provide therapy, education, personal care, social & life skills training, respite, caregiver support, camping, employment & residential programs.

We believe the first 5 years in a child’s life are critical. If developmental delays are identified & intervention provided early, children can be ready for kindergarten & beyond.   ...That’s why we have early intervention services & child development centers staffed with trained teachers & therapists.

We believe children with emotional & behavior challenges can, even after trauma, become healthy & learn & grow in a nurturing supportive environment.  …That’s why we have trained therapeutic foster parents, intensive family counseling & crisis support.

We believe adults struggling with life-long mental illness can manage their recovery in the community with the right support. ...That’s why we have doctors, nurses, therapists & specialists who provide assessment, treatment, medication management, social & life skills training & mobile crisis management.

We believe with the right placement & support, people with disabilities can work in meaningful jobs, earn paychecks & contribute to their community.  ...That’s why we provide job coaching, training & job placement.

If you are looking for help, hope and answers, we’ll do all we can to support you on your journey.

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