United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota, Incorporated, recently took action to ensure participation of persons with cerebral palsy or other serious disabilities in Board of Directors composition and decision-making, with the goal that 5 of its Board Members be persons with cerebral palsy or other disabilities. Such action is certainly a step in the right direction! It illustrates a real commitment, on the part of the UCPM organization, to positively affect the quality of life for persons with cerebral palsy and, also, others with severe disabilities.
Until recently, Americans with disabilities of all ages have been left out or left behind for far too long. Left out and left behind by reason of other’s fears, ignorance, misbegotten good intentions and, yes, in some cases, downright bigotry. Being an American with a disability, even now, typically means having much less money, education and access to employment.
There are, today, over 43 million people with disabilities. More and more doors are being opened to these citizens each day. In fact, this segment of the population is now the largest political force ever. As a result people with disabilities can finally control their own destinies.
One of the doors opened to people with disabilities has been the establishment of United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota, Inc., in 1953. The purpose of this organization is to address the needs and concerns of individuals with cerebral palsy and other serious disabilities. Who best to speak to such issues than consumers.
Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer on committees or the Board of Directors should contact the UCPM OFFICE at 612/646-7588 or 1-800-328-4827, Ext. 1437.