Fusion Foundation Provides Opportunity for Everyone to Dance
Feb. 10, 2020 9:41 am
There are so many great organizations in our community that provide inclusive opportunities. This week, CP wanted to highlight one of those organizations. Meet the Fusion Foundation.
The Fusion Foundation started from the idea that everyone should be able to dance, no matter the cost or person's ability. Not only does the Fusion Foundation offer dance scholarships, they also develop dance experiences for people from all walks of life. No matter the obstacle, age, set-back or disability, if someone wants to dance, the Fusion Foundation tries to bring that experience to them.
One of the programs started by the Fusion Foundation is their LEAD program. Standing for Limitless Enriched Adaptive Dance, the program provides an enriching atmosphere for children and adults with special needs to experience dance through special clinics, field trips and community dance classes.
Last year was CP's first time partnering with the Fusion Foundation. Children and adults with special needs were invited to participate in a morning dance clinic, then everyone headed over to WBAY and performed their dance on the annual CP Telethon. It was an amazing moment, and one of the top highlights of the show.
Watching this group, who had only come together a few hours before, perform, work and help each other while having fun - at that moment, you could see CP's mission alive and thriving in every face on that stage.
It's very fulfilling to work with so many wonderful organizations in the community that are like-minded and want to offer opportunities for everyone - no matter the ability. It's even better when we can come together to make that happen.
The LEAD dance clinic will be returning to the CP Telethon on Sunday, March 8. The clinic will take place at CP that morning, and is open to children (8+) and adults with special needs. You can register at www.fusionfoundation.org. The cost is only $8 for what should be an experience to remember.
Getting to Know Deena: Adult Day Services Feature Family
Feb. 3, 2020 12:42 pm
The CP Telethon is right around the corner, and as we continue to plan the event, finalize the details and line up the entertainment, it's important to take a minute and remember what the CP Telethon is really all about.
Most think of Telethon as this big community tradition - an opportunity to thank those who have given to CP during the year, seeing friends and family on TV as they answer phones on a VIP panel and hear great live entertainment. And Telethon is all of those things.
But it's also a celebration of people. Those with disabilities, and those without. Those who make an impact every day. Those who set a goal, work hard and reach it. It's learning and understanding that people of all abilities make up the communities we live in.
That's one of the reasons why Telethon has Feature Families. A Feature Family is a client or family that represents what CP is all about. Feature Families are a reflection of the amazing human spirit we see at CP every day.
So, we'd invite you to get to know our first Feature Family a bit better: Deena, her mom, Eleanor and step-father, Ron. Deena attends CPLakeshore, CP's Adult Day Services program located in Two Rivers. There, Deena participates in classes that help her be as independent as possible, while interacting with her peers and building new skills.
Deena and her family will appear on Telethon on Sunday, March 8. We hope you can tune in to hear her story and how CP has made a difference. In the meantime, check out our sneak peek of Deena in the video below.
Next week, we'll introduce you to another Feature Family.Of course, be sure to watch the CP Telethon LIVE on WBAY on March 7 & 8 where you'll meet all of our Feature Families, our amazing staff and other clients. You'll be glad you did!
Autism is a word we hear a lot, but may not totally appreciate, and it's easy to understand why. The word autism represents many different things and can mean many different things. You may have also heard the phrase "autism spectrum." This refers to the range of conditions a child with autism may have and can include sensory processing challenges, communication issues and behavioral challenges.
For a parent, finding out their child has autism can be a daunting and scary realization. While receiving an autism diagnosis may answer some questions, a whole new set of questions start to formulate, the first on most minds being now what?
Finding the Right Autism Services
Autism services can take on many forms and can include specialized occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language therapy. Services can be completed in school, through out-patient therapy, a highly structured in-home program or perhaps a combination of programs. Finding autism services and the right team to develop an individualized care plan can be a lot to navigate, but resources like the parent guide shared below can be helpful.
No matter where you seek services, just about everyone will tell parents the same thing: make connections. Talk to others through a parent support group, a social media group, or whatever you are most comfortable with. These groups can be a tremendous source of support and resources as you navigate the future. Most importantly, they will remind you that you aren't alone.
2020 is well underway at CP - and you aren't going to want to miss a second of it! CP is busier than ever, with some exciting announcements to share.
CP Expands Daycare Program to Howard
CP Early Education & Care, our incisive childcare program, is opening a second location in Howard, WI this July. It's a brand new daycare site, but with the same quality programming and personalized care we've been providing children for more than 25 years. We are currently enrolling, so if you are looking for daycare services or know someone who is, contact Mary Campbell at (920) 337-1122 for more information.
A new site also means our staff is growing. CP has several daycare teacher positions available that include a hiring sign on bonus. Help us spread the word!
CP Fox Cities is Moving
In February, CP Fox Cities, our Adult Day Services program in Kimberly, WI, will be moving to a new facility. Our new site is located at 1020 Truman Street, quite close to our current building. While it's a small move around the corner, the impact for our client families is big, with almost 2,000 sq. ft. of additional space, designated classrooms, an enclosed kitchen and an upgraded sensory room.
Since we opened CP Fox Cities in 2015, we've seen steady growth. Today, we have solidified our place in the Fox Cities as a true community resource, here to help clients be as independent as possible while supporting their families.
CP Telethon March 7 & 8
Telethon season is in full swing at CP. Be sure to tune into WBAY on March 7 & 8 for a fun show with lots of entertainment and inspiring stories. Speaking of entertainment, are you looking for things to do in the Greater Green Bay area? Check out our website for more information on some awesome community events coming up over the next several weeks that are supporting CP. You'll see many of these organizations make a stop at Telethon to present a check of their fundraising efforts.
And this is just the first half of 2020! Be sure to subscribe to our blog or sign up to receive CP emails (we promised not to abuse the privilege) so you are always clued in to CP events, community events, client stories and CP updates.
The holidays may be over, but winter weather is still here, and will be for a few more months. Love it or hate it though, snow means something different when discussing winter safety and those that use a power wheelchair or other mobility equipment to get around town.
It can be very problematic for someone in a wheelchair to travel in the winter months. There is a higher risk of getting stuck in the snow, or worse, falling and getting hurt. Think of it this way: you'd be upset if the streets in your city weren't clear of snow for you to travel safely on, right? The same idea applies to sidewalks and people who use wheelchairs.
There is one simple thing you can do to help with winter wheelchair safety: be sure that sidewalks on your block and place of business are clear of snow and ice. It sounds like an easy request, but as the winter wears on, and shoveling gets old, pathways tend to get a bit narrower. Be sure to not only keep sidewalks clear, but wide enough for someone using a wheelchair to pass.
Even more neglected are curb cutouts. Curb cutouts are where the sidewalk grades down to meet the adjoining street. They are typically located at the end of street blocks and in parking areas where there is a curb. Curb cutouts make getting around more accessible for those using wheelchairs and other mobility equipment. When a cutout or parking lot isn't clear, people using a wheelchair are literally stuck, and are left with limited options, like traveling in the street, which is a safety risk.
Spending just a few extra minutes to make sure your sidewalks and curb cutouts are clear ensures that everyone traveling outside in the winter can do safely! - Comments
CP Telethon Feature Family Reveals!
Jan. 6, 2020 12:41 pm
Happy New Year from CP and welcome to 2020!
While the New Year usually means resolutions, at CP, it always means the start of planning for the annual CP Telethon. 2020 marks the 66th year for Telethon, which will broadcast live on WBAY on March 7 & 8. Not only has the CP Telethon become a local tradition over the years, it's also the longest running local telethon in the country, something CP is quite proud of.
While the Telethon is CP's largest fundraiser of the year, it also presents a unique opportunity to give the Greater Green Bay area community an inside peek at what goes on at CP every day. In addition, Telethon gives us the chance to thank the people and local businesses that support CP all year long.
During the month of January, we'll be introducing you to our four Telethon Feature Families. These are families that use CP for childcare, adult day services, therapy services and the aquatic center. Each family will be sharing their own inspirational story, and you'll learn more about each family over the coming months.
In fact, our first Feature Family is being revealed today! We invite you to meet the Kristyn Allen family, then keep a watchful eye on CP's Facebook page, as our three other Feature Families will be revealed over the next few weeks.
We also want to thank Keller, Inc., who is the presenting sponsor for Telethon for the third year in a row. Their generosity and support of CP over the last several years has been nothing short of amazing and we are excited to be working with their team again.
March will be here before you know it. Stay tuned for more Telethon updates, and subscribe to our blog for all of the latest and greatest about CP!
Although the weather doesn't reflect it (or maybe it does), it's November in Northeast Wisconsin. It's the time of year where we tend to self-reflect, give thanks and spread gratitude to others. It's a time of year when the word "giving" has more meaning.
Giving certainly has a special meaning at CP. Every day, our families, staff and clients give back, give thanks and give it all they've got. We are also fortunate to have a very giving community, which makes it possible for CP to help clients reach their goals and redefine what's possible.
All November, leading up to #GivingTuesday and beyond, is our season of THANKSgiving at CP. It's a time of year where clients excitedly share what they are grateful for, friends share why they give to CP, and we spend time thanking our community for their generosity over the last year with special treats and messages.
Check out our video just posted to Facebook. We are excited to bring you more stories as they season progresses, so be sure to like our page so you are up to date.
Our goal is to inspire others to giving thanks, for little things, for big things, for all things - as we spend time giving thanks for you. How will you give thanks this season? If you need some ideas, here are 8 ways to give THANKS for the things in your life:
Send someone a note via snail mail.
Keep a daily gratitude journal.
Thanks someone, by their name, who isn't expecting it (The bagger at the grocery story? The receptionist at the office?
Volunteer your time doing something you love.
Leave random (inspiring) notes around the house or the office.
Call someone you haven't talked to in a while.
Put cookies, cupcakes and candy in the office breakroom for one week.
This has been a long time coming, and I'm happy to say it's finally here... a CP blog! This has been a long time coming and has been in the planning stages since 2016. Why a blog? Because there is so much that happens at CP on a daily basis, so much good around every corner, so many stories to tell and share. It seemed like a blog would be the perfect vehicle.
So what can you expect to read on the blog? We will certainly share the latest on what's happening at CP - from fun events, like the recent CP Auction, to new and innovative therapies. But we'll also show you CP through the eyes of our clients, families and staff, celebrating milestones, making memories, sharing fun random moments and introducing you to some amazing people you just have to meet.
It may give someone hope,
the chance to dream of possibilities,
and celebrate differences
or discover a new way to do something.
No matter what, our hope is that you'll find what is shared worth coming back for each week.
You can expect to see a few posts here and there for now, then a steady Monday post after January 1, 2020.
Be sure to stay connected with us by subscribing to the blog and signing up for our emails (we won't spam or send too many). Feel free to leave a comment and be a part of the conversation as well.