September 2016
A monthly update from UCP Central PA

When it Comes to Hiring... 
In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, UCP Central PA is pleased to again be working with Shirley Keith Knox of Dauphin County MH/IDD, Susan Carbaugh of Cumberland/Perry MH/IDD, and the Capital Area Employment First Group (among others) to help plan the 3rd Annual Lunch and Learn. The purpose of this event is to recognize local businesses that are creating pathways to employment for folks with disabilities, and to provide a networking opportunity for local agencies, individuals with disabilities, and prospective employers. 

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See for yourself. Mark your calendars:

3rd Annual Lunch and Learn
Monday, October 17
11:30am - 2:00pm
Capital Area Intermediate Unit
Susquehanna Room
55 Miller Street, Summerdale, PA
RSVP by October 10:
Diana Steel/UCP Central PA
717.409.4900 or
AgrAbility PA celebrates National AgrAbility Day
September 19, 2016

AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians
Project (AgrAbility PA) will join the  National AgrAbility Project, as well as other state and regional AgrAbility projects, to celebrate National AgrAbility Day on Monday, September 19, 2016.

National AgrAbility Day will occur as part of National Farm Safety and Health Week - September 18-24, 2016. AgrAbility PA will be partnering with several organizations and agencies to share the news about the services and resources available to farmers or agricultural workers with a disability or long-term health condition.

 AgrAbility PA is a statewide partnership between Penn State Extension and UCP Central PA in support of a project funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). AgrAbility PA has been providing resources and services since 1995. Some of the more common disabilities or health conditions that Pennsylvania farmers may have include: arthritis, spinal cord injury, amputation, traumatic brain injury, stroke, diabetes, visual or hearing loss, respiratory problems, and back impairment or joint injuries.

"This project has undoubtedly made a positive impact and has certainly improved the lives of farmers throughout Pennsylvania," said Dr. Connie Baggett, project director for AgrAbility PA and associate professor of agricultural and extension education at Penn State University.

"As an agency committed to meeting the needs of individuals of all ages with all types of disabilities, UCP Central PA is pleased to be a partner on this project," said Janeen Latin, chief management officer at UCP and non-profit project director for AgrAbility PA. 
"National AgrAbility Day offers an opportunity to raise the profile of the AgrAbility project as we continue to spread the word about how AgrAbility can help Pennsylvanians across the state working in agriculture with a disability or long-term health condition."

Join us in celebrating National AgrAbility Day on September 19! 

Click here for some ways to get involved.
Express Yourself...a call for entries!
2016-17 UCP Central PA/SchmidtKramer Expressions Contest

Now entering its fourth year, the UCP/SchmidtKramer Expressions Contest accepts individual or group/classroom submissions in both writing and picture categories from children and youth in grades 3-12 across a four-county area

All contestants receive a Certificate of Participation and a small token of appreciation, while winning entrants receive a Certificate of Excellence and a cash prize. The Expressions Contest is made possible by the ongoing financial support of the law firm of SchmidtKramer. Special thanks to partners Chuck Schmidt, Gerry Kramer, and Scott Cooper, as well as the attorneys and staff of SchmidtKramer, for their continued support of the contest. 


Upcoming Family Events

Fall Fun Fair
Sunday, September 25
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Capital Area Children's Center
44 S. 38th Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011

DREAM Partnership
Living the DREAM Fundraiser
September 23, 2016
Hershey Vineyards & Brewery

Adventure Park Golf Tournament
October 8, 2016 
Armitage Golf Club
800 Orr's Bridge Road
Mechanicsburg, PA
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