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New UCP WORK, Inc. Mentor Alliance: A Community-Based Initiative

New UCP WORK, Inc. Mentor Alliance: A Community-Based Initiative
By Rae van Seenus on Oct 09, 2020 at 05:45 PM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

The new UCP WORK, Inc. Mentor Alliance program is a community-based initiative to match business owners, experts, and artists with active job seekers with disabilities, based on their career goals. 

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Increasing Access and Opportunity: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Increasing Access and Opportunity: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
By Rae van Seenus on Oct 01, 2020 at 08:51 AM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

Congress designates each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and 2020 marks not only the 75th observance of NDEAM, but also the 30th anniversary of the ADA. 

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Virtual Arts Opens Door for Creativity & Employment for Artists with Disabilities

Virtual Arts Opens Door for Creativity & Employment for Artists with Disabilities
By Rae van Seenus on Sep 30, 2020 at 06:06 PM

Santa Barbara Art Works studio-gallery provides a unique opportunity for 20 local artists with developmental disabilities to show and sell their work, learn how to run a retail business, and most importantly, earn a meaningful income. But due to the global pandemic, the gallery has been closed since March 13, 2020, forcing cancellation of all studio classes and artists’ participation in community exhibitions. Returning to normalcy or business as usual will take a very long time and any revenue generating opportunities for the gallery may take months to resume.

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The Hidden Heroes at UCP WORK, Inc: A Detailed Look Behind the Scenes of Direct Support Professionals

The Hidden Heroes at UCP WORK, Inc: A Detailed Look Behind the Scenes of Direct Support Professionals
By Rae van Seenus on Sep 11, 2020 at 04:31 PM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

Heroes work here! We’re not talking about nurses or firefighters, but the everyday unsung heroes that facilitate quality person-centered services at UCP WORK, Inc. and are essential in providing the necessary supports to people with disabilities where they live and work. These special direct support professionals (DSPs) provide hands on support to individuals to assist them in living more fulfilling, independent, and self-directed lives, yet their workload is too often hidden from the spotlight of the COVID-19 heroes we hear about in the news. DSPs are known in the industry to wear many hats and perform a wide array of tasks in the workplace, yet every day, nearly 4.5 million direct care workers support people with disabilities across the U.S. and their scope of work is often overlooked.

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Peer-Partners Grant Project is at the Heart of Person-Centered Practices

Peer-Partners Grant Project is at the Heart of Person-Centered Practices
By Rae van Seenus on Aug 05, 2020 at 04:47 PM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

Available Resource for Providers to Lead Home and Community-Based Services

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Show Opening! Virtual Arts Market to Benefit Artists' COVID-19 Relief Fund

Show Opening! Virtual Arts Market to Benefit Artists' COVID-19 Relief Fund
By Rae van Seenus on Jul 30, 2020 at 08:06 AM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

UCP WORK, Inc. announces its downtown art studio-gallery, Santa Barbara Art Works, is launching a Virtual Arts Market starting Thursday, August 6th, 2020.

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Day-Service Delivery Modifications Due to COVID-19

Day-Service Delivery Modifications Due to COVID-19
By Rae van Seenus on Jul 10, 2020 at 02:51 PM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

Since the start of California’s shelter-in-place mandate on March 20th, UCP WORK, Inc’s Applied Abilities programs have transitioned to virtual at-home day services to mitigate the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19.

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Integrated & Adaptive Arts Program for Santa Barbara Youth at Inclusive Arts Studio for Artists with Disabilities

Integrated & Adaptive Arts Program for Santa Barbara Youth at Inclusive Arts Studio for Artists with Disabilities
By Rae van Seenus on Jun 11, 2020 at 11:27 AM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

UCP WORK, Inc. announces that the organization has received a generous grant that will go towards our Fall 2020 Children's Adaptive Arts Program at Santa Barbara Art Works, an arts studio-gallery for artists with disabilities located in downtown Santa Barbara.

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Hiring People with Disabilities is Doing Good Business

Hiring People with Disabilities is Doing Good Business
By Rae van Seenus on Jun 05, 2020 at 11:24 AM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

In the United States alone, 42.5 million people have at least one form of disability. That means that people with disabilities make up the largest minority nationwide.  So then why are they also the most untapped labor market?  Perhaps it’s because of the misconceptions about people with disabilities that have made employers reluctant to hire them.  It’s also due to increased barriers that once a person has transitioned out of youth services, such as special education, there are very few vocational training services available, in some cities, to bridge the gap between high school and the start of a meaningful career.  The majority of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain either unemployed or underemployed despite their ability, desire, and willingness to work. 

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Carpinteria Students Give Back by Hosting Virtual Game Nights with Residents in Supported Living

Carpinteria Students Give Back by Hosting Virtual Game Nights with Residents in Supported Living
By Rae van Seenus on May 27, 2020 at 09:30 AM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

Servons (to serve), is a motto to student life at Cate School, shares Director of Community Engagement, Will Homes.  Although volunteering for public service hours is not required, like at most public schools, Cate focuses on giving back as a tradition and is available to students by choice.  Cate’s Public Service Night program, which has evolved since the 1980’s, consists of a group of 5-7 high school students, that volunteer weekly at a number of local organizations and have the opportunity to engage with agency participants in games and other enrichment activities. 

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