United Cerebral Palsy & Capability Scotland Celebrate Efforts to Advance the Rights of People with Disabilities

British Ambassador & Lady Sheinwald Graciously Host Event at Embassy Residence

Actor & United Cerebral Palsy Board Trustee Cheryl Hines Helped Commemorate Anniversaries of Americans with Disabilities Act & Disability Discrimination Act

 

Washington, DC (June 18, 2010) – United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), a leading service provider and advocate for children and adults with disabilities, along with UCP affiliate Capability Scotland, and by kind permission of the British Ambassador and Lady Sheinwald, commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 15th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) in the United Kingdom. The event honored the efforts of those who created these landmark laws and continue to work to achieve a Life Without Limits for people with disabilities yesterday evening at the at the Embassy Residence of the British Ambassador in Washington, DC.

“The excitement generated at last night’s event hosted by the British Ambassador and Lady Sheinwald is a critical step in our global movement to achieve a Life Without Limits for people with disabilities,” said Stephen Bennett, former President & CEO, United Cerebral Palsy. “Celebrating historic pieces of civil rights legislation that radically changed the lives of all people with disabilities – the Americans with Disabilities Act and the UK’s Disability Discrimination Act – compound how far we have come in the last 60 years since United Cerebral Palsy was founded. We should use the 20th and 15th anniversaries of this legislation as benchmarks for the key landmarks that will come next for people with disabilities. We must sustain a movement with a single goal: ensuring a life without limits for people with disabilities.”

In addition to the hosts, British Ambassador & Lady Sheinwald, attendees included Actor and UCP Board Trustee Cheryl HinesAlan Dickson, Chief Executive, Capability Scotland; Stephen Bennett, former President & CEO, United Cerebral Palsy; Bruce Merlin Fried, Chair, Board of Trustees, United Cerebral Palsy; Joe Stettinius, President, Cassidy Turley, the event’s Transatlantic Underwriter; Linda, Jack and David Maguire; current and former legislators; government officials; corporate leaders; advocates; members of the United Cerebral Palsy Board of Trustees, the majority of whom are people, or part of family, impacted by disabilities; and embassy staff.

Also in attendance were the United Cerebral Palsy Young Benefactors, a new group of young men and women who support, communicate and extend the vision of Life Without Limits for people with disabilities and transform the cause to bring this vision closer to reality.

Photos
Please contact Lauren Cozzi for event photos or a high resolution headshot of Cheryl Hines.

British Ambassador’s blog
An overview of last night’s event, written by the British Ambassador, is available on his blog. http://blogs.fco.gov.uk/roller/sheinwald/entry/united_cerebral_palsy_capability_scotland

About United Cerebral Palsy
Founded more than 60 years ago by parents of children with cerebral palsy, today United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is a leading service provider and advocate for children and adults with disabilities. The UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network. This includes approximately 100 local service providers reaching more than 176,000 individuals daily in the U.S., Canada, Scotland and Australia. The national office in Washington DC advocates on behalf of individuals with disabilities; advances federal disability public policy (Disability Policy Collaboration); and develops forward-thinking programs like Life Without Limits and My Child Without Limits. For more information, please visit www.UCP.org.

About Capability Scotland
Like United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), Capability Scotland was founded over 60 years ago by parents of children with cerebral palsy. Today, the organisation campaigns with, and provides education, employment and support services to, disabled children and adults across Scotland in order that they achieve equality and have choice and control in their lives. For more information, please visit the Capability Scotland website:www.capability-scotland.org.uk.

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