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Richards to assume role as Director of Policy Communications

Washington, DC (March 27, 2012) – United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), an international service provider and advocate for children and adults with a spectrum of disabilities, has appointed Kaelan Richards its new Senior Director of Public Policy, Communications & Advocacy, effective March 26, 2012. Richards will report to Dr. Connie Garner, who UCP appointed as Executive Vice President of Public Policy earlier this year.

Richards joins UCP after nearly three years as Communications Director for Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT).  She has also served as Press Secretary for Senator Paul G. Kirk, Jr. (D-Mass.) and Deputy Press Secretary for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass). She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Miami and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Public Communications from American University.

“I am pleased to welcome Kaelan to UCP as Communications Director for our public policy initiatives,” Garner said. “Her longstanding commitment to communicating the importance of disability issues to legislators and national media is evident in her work with Senator Kennedy and Senator Kirk, and most recently Representative Rosa DeLauro. Kaelan is a welcomed addition to our developing public policy and outreach team at UCP.”

Richards will serve as the lead press and communications coordinator for UCP’s policy efforts, helping to create communications strategies that link UCP’s national programs with key legislative initiatives while mobilizing advocates throughout the nation to advance for the full citizenship for people with disabilities.

“UCP is an innovative and dedicated organization with strong national network of affiliates all working toward the same goal: creating a ‘life without limits’ for people with disabilities and providing the support their families need,” Richards said. “It is an honor to be joining the amazing team at UCP, and I look forward to working with them to advance smart policies that ensure all doors of opportunity are open to Americans with disabilities and their families.”

About United Cerebral Palsy
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Together with nearly 100 affiliates, UCP has a mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities by supporting more than 176,000 children and adults every day—one person at a time, one family at a time. UCP works to enact real change—to revolutionize care, raise standards of living and create opportunities—impacting the lives of millions living with disabilities. For more than 60 years, UCP has worked to ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in every facet of society. Together, with parents and caregivers, UCP will continue to push for the social, legal and technological changes that increase accessibility and independence, allowing people with disabilities to dream their own dreams, for the next 60 years, and beyond. For more information, please visit


Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8

The National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College issued a joint statement on the use of technology and interactive media with young children. The statement is meant to provide research-based guidance to all those who care for young children as they consider if, when and how to use technology and interactive media in early childhood programs (schools, centers, family child care) serving children from birth through age 8. Read the full Statement.