UCP in Action


July 26, 2016 marks the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations of the signing of the ADA by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990 are taking place across the nation.

The ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA and ADAAA also assure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.

“Since 1991, the 10 regional ADA Centers in the ADA National Network have worked to change the landscape for individuals with disabilities by providing free, confidential and accurate information, resources and training to businesses, employers, and state and local governments on their responsibilities under the ADA, “ said Pamela Williamson, Director of the Southeast ADA Center.  “The ADA Centers also provide free and confidential answers to questions asked by people with disabilities, their families and other advocates, as well as veterans living across the United States.”

“Because of the outreach, training and technical assistance the ADA National Network has done to promote voluntary compliance with the ADA, people with disabilities now have better access to businesses, buildings, state and local government programs and services, as well as increased opportunities for competitive employment.  And their opportunities for full participation in community life are increasing every day.”


Larry’s Retirement Dinner

After 9 years as UCP President and CEO, Larry Stang, has decided to retire. Larry has been with UCP for 24 years. He has served as CEO, COO, VP of Operations for NW, Director of Consumer Reports, Director of Butterfly Learning Center, and Grants and Training Administrator.

Larry was instrumental in the start up of the ArkSTART program. ArkStart is a systems linkage approach to     supports and helps individuals with Intellectual Development Disabilities, behavioral health conditions, and/or challenging behaviors that negatively affect their quality of life. START helps teams anticipate and prevent crisis and plan for what to do when it happens anyway.

Larry also helped write the Arkansas Medicaid Waiver program. The Medicaid Waiver program helps people with disabilities live in their community with the supports they need rather than be placed in an institution.

Larry has been a true treasure at UCP and a delight to work with. His open door policy makes him easily approachable and sets the tone for the easygoing atmosphere at UCP. Larry is very helpful, a wonderful resource for information, and always willing to go the extra mile for others. He will truly be missed at UCP but we wish him a very happy retirement.

The following pictures are from Larry’s Retirement Dinner held on Thursday, June 23rd at the Clinton Presidential Center. Thank you to everyone that was able to attend.


UCP IT Administrator Appointed to Governor’s Commission

We are very proud of IT Administrator, Craig Reinhardt, for being appointed to the Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities! The Arkansas Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities in Arkansas. Members are appointed by the Governor with fifty-one percent or more of the commission made up of individuals with disabilities.

craig's doc

2nd Annual Adult Center Picnic

The United Cerebral Palsy Little Rock and North Little Rock Adult Center’s held their second annual Adult Center Picnic on Friday, May 20th at Burns Park.

It was a very fun day with perfect weather. DJ Mark Timmons kick started the picnic with his fun and booty shaking jams. Centennial Bank graciously grilled up some delicious burgers and hotdogs. And Frosty Treats stopped by and provided the perfect dessert for everyone. There were even visits from Officer Norman and Batman!

While the food and games were very good and fun, the highlight of the picnic was the dunk tank. UCP Nurse, Jeff Roberson, stepped up to the dunk tank and taunted everyone around to try and dunk him. And the crowd rose to the challenge. After many successful dunks later, a very waterlogged Jeff climbed out of the dunk tank and surrendered to the far superior pitching abilities of the men and women of the adult centers.

Everyone had such a great time at the 2016 picnic and anxiously await next years!

8th Annual Golf Scramble

We are thankful to everyone that volunteered and participated in our 8th Annual Golf Scramble on Friday, May 13th. The weather was perfect and we are looking forward to another fun time with the golf tournament next year!

Jessica Jones is Volunteer of the Week!

We are very excited to announce that Jessica Jones has been selected as United Way’s Volunteer of the Week for the week of April 11, 2016. Jessica is being recognized for all of the hard work she puts in when volunteering for UCP events. She inspires others to  follow her lead in going above and beyond the call of duty. UCP benefits greatly from volunteers like Jessica. She is a shining example of what we all work towards in being a fun, positive person and role model.

Be sure to listen to The Wolf 105.1 FM on Tuesday, April 12th, as they announce Jessica as the weekly winner between 8:00 am-9:00 am and shine some light on her volunteer achievements.

Congratulations Jessica! Thanks for all that you do!


North East Telethon

Grayden Dalton with his father
Grayden Dalton with his father

The 2016 Northeast Arkansas United Cerebral Palsy Telethon was on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at the Arkansas State University on campus at the TV studio. Over 60 volunteers (VIP’s) gave up their time and committed to work as panel members to help people with cerebral palsy in Northeast Arkansas. In addition to the VIP’s from Northeast Arkansas we also had three VIP’s from Central Arkansas office Larry Stang, Linda White, and Paula Rader whose time and commitment to our telethon was immensely appreciated.

The telethon wouldn’t be possible without the help of the KAIT 8 news anchors and staff along with the
ASU-Studio students and staff who do an outstanding job!

Thanks to the volunteers in the computer room who process all of the pledges as received from the VIP panels. All of the processing is done on the day of the telethon and the pledges are mailed the next day. Thanks to the Civitan Club for manning the refreshment area, bringing lots of home baked goods, and conducting a silent auction. Food for the Telethon VIP’s and workers was provided by Sonic, KFC, and Pizza World. In addition, the Kiwanis Club from Pocahontas donated donuts.

The 2016 Super Star this year was 7 year old  Grayden Dalton from Piggott, AR. He and his mother Christina, dad Brian, and sister Nicky did outstanding job of representing the UCP Telethon.

At the end of the day on Sunday UCP received over 1700 pledges for a total of $107,000.00 which was $1,000.00 higher than 2015. We can’t thank the people of Northeast Arkansas enough for their wonderful support helping children and adults with cerebral palsy! It is just outstanding!

UCP of AR Inaugural Putt Putt Put Crawl SUCCESS!

On March 5th, UCP hosted its inaugural Putt Putt Pub Crawl event sponsored by Dos Equis in the downtown River Market area. Nine local bars participated by creating a putt putt hole at their establishment and offered Dos Equis drink specials.

Teams of four signed up for $100 and received an event t-shirt along with a UCP goodie bag and their scorecard that detailed the order their team was to visit each bar.

The UCP Development team hoped the new event would attract around 30-40 teams in the first year. It was a complete surprise when total number of teams climbed to 78!

Teams voted for their favorite hole and The Rev Room won with their fun skee-ball hole.

The development team was thrilled to pull in $7,248 for the first year hosting the Putt Putt Pub Crawl along with the extensive media attention that UCP gathered for the event. We look   forward to improving and growing the pub crawl for next year!

beer specials skeeball


Dog Volunteer!

Check out the article in Sunday’s Arkansas Democrat Gazette highlighting Debbie Strobel and her volunteer work at United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas! Thank you Debbie for your commitment to the men and women of UCP!

Dog Volunteer