Fall 2015
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Bridging the Gap...
A Featured Tech Tool: Spinning Symphony
Try a new spin on the classics with our Spinning Symphony Fantastic classical music fun!  Spinning Symphony is a fantastic way to enhance musical interest and engage in active exploration, which helps to increase auditory development and listening skills.  Press any of the bright colored instrument switches to hear six different Mozart compositions.  At the touch of the switch, the user can add or subtract any of five different instruments (harp, french horn, piano, flute and violin) from the composition.   The Tech Tools Lending Libraries provide adapted toys and devices to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, at no cost.  To find out how you can check out this item, or for more cool toys, switches and games go to our website where you will find a list of library locations and full Lending Library Catalogs to view.
The United Way of the Midlands/CHC-NE Campaign is in Full Swing
United Way of the Midlands has a long-time fundraising relationship with Community Health Charities of Nebraska. Funds utilized by the CHC-NE member charities provide innovative research that improves lives, critical client services and educational and prevention programs that support our community. Don't forget to  designate UCP of Nebraska during the campaign by completing the following:  Designation Form &  Pledge Form  
Family Focus...
              MIGHTY MAVERICKS
Our 2015 Mighty Mavericks Family Focus Event was a hit!  Our special guest, The Pancake Man provided a delicious brunch to charge our engines before the fun began.  Our event provided energized entertainment for individuals of all ages and abilities.  From hanging out with Durango, to playing 'shoot out' with the Hockey team or 'keep it up' with the Volleyball team, the participants were able to interact with UNO athletes in a variety of sports themed activities.  Every child was a winner, along with the many valued volunteers and student athletes from UNO who contributed to this amazing event.   
                HUSKER HEROES
The 6th Annual Husker Heroes event was again a huge success with over 1,000 people joining together at Memorial Stadium.   Husker Heroes is directed by Life Skills Coordinator, Stacey Burling and members of the ONE Coalition, which UCP of Nebraska is honored to be part of.  Nearly 200 incoming Nebraska student-athletes, along with the Husker Spirit Squad, served as the primary volunteers who played sports related games or activities and interacted with the participants.  Special thanks to all who attended as well as all of those who volunteered to make it a magical night in Memorial Stadium!   To see a glimpse o f the event watch this  video 
Over 400 people attended our Fall Festival on October 3rd.  The weather was absolutely perfect and the company even better! The families were able to enjoy the great attractions that the pumpkin patch had to offer them throughout the day.  All that play brought growling stomachs back to the pavilion for roasting hot dogs by the campfire, followed by S'mores as a delicious treat! A special thank you goes out to all the volunteers who helped make this night the success that it was. We appreciate you!
Upcoming Events..

Downtown Lincoln (February 20, 2016)
Downtown Omaha  (February 27, 2016)

Did you Know..
Announcing: "Black Day: The Monster Rock Band' By Local Author

A new children's book was recently released by first-time Omaha Author, Marcus Sikora.   Marcus is an adult living with Down Syndrome and his book is about inclusion and acceptance in a very fun way. Read More

Toys "R" Us Releases Holiday Toy Guide for Kids with Disabilities

Toys "R" Us recently released its latest Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, an easy-to-use toy selection resource for those who are shopping for children with special needs.  The annual, free guide is available in stores and online in both English and Spanish.  It showcases specially selected toys that aid in skill development for children with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities and is categorized in a format that makes it easy to use for toy buyers.   Read More

 Congratulations to UCP staff member  Sarah Tselentis and her family on the arrival of 
their baby boy!  

     Miles Davis was born on October 8th 
   10 lbs  6 oz  23 inches 
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