UCP Life Without Limits Podcast #5

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Welcome to the UCP Life Without Limits Podcast. This is our fifth podcast and it’s an exciting one that focused on Assistive Technology. Assistive Technology is a myriad of devices that function in helping people with various types of disabilities live their everyday lives. They range from larger button telephones to iPads and all types of functionalities. Mark Shaffer, our Executive Director is joined by Paul Mortola, the Director of Central Coast Assitive Technology Center. Paul, Mark and Jim explore all the different technologies, their history and where these technologies are headed into the future!


UCP Life Without Limits Podcast #4

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Welcome to the UCP Life Without Limits Podcast.  We invite you to listen to this, our fourth podcast, that focuses on Ride-On Transportation and dives into the history of UCP and Ride-On Transportation and specifically transportation of people with disabilities in our county leading all the way into the present day where Ride-On Transportation provides transportation services to many different social groups, from seniors, to veterans, to people with disabilities.

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UCP Life Without Limits Podcast #3

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Welcome to the UCP Life Without Limits Podcast.  Join us for our third podcast where Mark Shaffer, our Executive Director and James Davis from SLO Talk Radio are joined by Lynn Hendry from The Ranch and Chris Dillow from Fig @ Courtney’s House.  This episode focuses on employment for individuals with disability and emphasizes the historic growth in our community and communities across the United States.  Lynn and Chris both come from UCP affiliated organizations that creates employment opportunities and employment training opportunities for people with disabilities.

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UCP Life Without Limits Podcast #2

Welcome to the UCP Life Without Limits Podcast.  Join us for our second podcast where Mark and Jim are joined by Laura DeLoye, the Co-Director for Arts for Living to speak on Arts for Living’s programs and the opportunities they provide.

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Also, don’t forget to join us in Steptember 2017!



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The Fig Cafe at Courtney’s House Is Open

When Courtney’s House became an affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy three years ago, we hoped to develop social, recreational programs for adults with developmental disabilities living in the North SLO County.  Carrie and Greg Sanders bought the beautiful, Victorian home, built in 1892, to provide activities for their daughter Courtney and her friends.  Carrie formed an advisory group who came up with the dream of opening a café as a location to teach restaurant skills to adults with disabilities.  In November of 2015, she found a caterer who wanted to open a café at Courtney’s House.  In December, the caterer decided against opening the café.

We put out a “Business Opportunity” offer in January and received interest from four parties to open the café.  However, the deadline for bidders rolled by on February 29th and we still did not have someone to open the café.  On a Friday afternoon, a week later, Carrie stopped by the local nursery to buy some plants to put into the yard over the weekend.  She met Christine Dillow, the owner of the Fig Restaurant in Atascadero in the parking lot and they talked about the potential of the café in Templeton.  Chris Dillow immediately fell in love with the concept and has poured her heart and soul into launching the Fig Café at Courtney’s House.

The Fig Café is located at 311 6th Street in Templeton and is open for breakfast and lunch from 7:30 am until 2:30 pm, Monday through Saturday.  The Fig has their own staff, but Courtney’s House is offering the café to other programs to bring their vocational students to learn restaurant skills.  They hope to learn at the Fig Café and then get a job at a local restaurant.  Courtney’s House is also available to rent for weddings, business gatherings and other special events.  The Fig Café lets you go back in time to enjoy sit-down, American food.  You can sit on the large porch or inside the house.  For more information, call the Fig Café at 434-3895 or visit www.courtneys-house.org.


Mark Shaffer

Executive Director

UCP of San Luis Obispo County

Give the Gift of Technology 2015

In the 2015 Holidays, we were so excited to able to continue our “Give the Gift of Technology” program.  At the end of the year, we send out a query to our affiliates and partner programs to identify individuals with developmental disabilities to apply for the “Gift of Technology.”  This Gift of Technology allows individuals to apply for a scholarship where they are awarded an iPad, Computer or other technology device that would improve that individual’s quality of life.

Take a look below at five of our 2015 Gift of Technology awardees!

Angie & Tyler Gift of Technology 2015
Angie & Tyler

Azelia, Ashley, Aristotle & Anthony Gift of Technology 2015
Azelia, Ashley, Aristotle & Anthony

Brandon with Marissa Gift of Technology 2015
Brandon & Marissa

Christopher & Elias Gift of Technology 2015
Christopher & Elias

Lulu & Kali Gift of Technology 2015
Lulu & Kali

Mark’s Blog – Posting 4

Shame On You, Governor Brown

The service delivery network supporting individuals with developmental disabilities is falling apart due to thirteen years without rate increases to the vendors contracted by the Department of Developmental Services. During the recession, the State of California reduced their payments by 4.5% for three years. The cost of providing services has increased dramatically over the past decade with higher wages, health insurance, workers’ compensation and general insurance. The Governor does not understand that the support services provided to people with developmental disabilities helps them become more independent and their support cost goes down for the State.

During the budget hearings last year, both Democrats and Republicans wanted to approve a 10% emergency rate increase to prevent more facilities from closing. The Democrats wanted to pay for the cost with a liquor tax and the Republicans wanted the reserves to be used for the rate increase. The Governor did not get involved in settling this dispute, so the system could be saved. Many facilities and nonprofit organizations have not been able to survive on the existing rates.

The situation has become much worse in the last six months. The public outcry has increased to include Democrats, Republicans, and labor unions. Now Jerry Brown has decided to use the issue as leverage to get Republicans to support a health care tax. He is not approving the amount that is needed to help the delivery system recover after over a decade of neglect. Governor, people with developmental disabilities work, live and vote in our community. It is time to stop exploiting them for your political gain and provide the funding for agencies to meet the high cost of providing services in California.

Steptember – Join us for a Swing for Joy Performance at D’Anbino’s

UCP of SLO County, Arts for Living and Swing for Joy invites you to a performance by Swing for Joy at D’Anbino’s Vineyards and Cellars, located at 710 Pine Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. Swing for Joy is suggesting a $5.00 donation for entrance to the event where they will perform a delightful array of 20’s style tunes, jazz standards, swing charts and contemporary music!

Proceeds from this event will go directly towards Steptember! What a great way to support adults and children with developmental disabilities in SLO County and across the globe! And what a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon – hanging out in wine country and listening to amazing music!

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