March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Join us in our efforts of advocacy
Since 1987, the United States has recognized the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. UCPAIndy uses the month of March as a way to ramp up our education and advocacy efforts in term of launching our yearly essay and scholarship contests. Continue reading below for more information on each:
ATTITUDE Essay Contest
Available for children grades 3-8, our essay contest encourages students to read a book or interview someone with a disability and write down their observations and feelings on the attitude toward people with disabilities. All participates recieve a certificate and chosen winners in each of our three grading divisions will recieve a savings bond prize courtesy of UCPAIndy.
Book Coleman, Foster Dow, and Irma Dow Scholarships
Each year, scholarships are available through UCPAIndy to assist graduating high school seniors with cerebral palsy. Winner(s) will be chosen based on the following criteria: academic excellence, community participation/contribution, extra-curricular involvement, application statement, and recommendations. The award will be available to the winner(s) to further their education in a program of their choice.
Disability Awareness Presentations
In previous years, we have traveled to schools, church groups, advocacy groups, etc. to do educational and awareness presentations on cerebral palsy. In the age of virtual learning and meetings, we would like to make our presentations available through a virtual setting as well. If you have a class or group that you would like for us to present to, please reach out to us by emailing email@example.com or calling our office at (317) 871-4032.
Executive Director, Mike Foddrill, after presenting to a group of students at an elementary school in Southern Indiana. This class and their community held a fundraiser in honor of a student with CP and surprised UCPAIndy with a check of $2,000 on the day of our presentation (Nov. 2019).