The Case for Inclusion 2021 Special Report examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on community-based disability services and provides a blueprint for a more sustainable disability services system.

Read the Case for Inclusion Report 2021.

Armando A. Contreras

From the CEO

The news about the COVID-19 vaccine keeps getting better. Over one recent weekend, more than 4 million doses of the vaccine were administered in a single 24-hour period, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to caution the general public not to let its guard down.

While a great majority of older Americans and people in long-term care facilities have been vaccinated, the vaccination of young people, low-income groups, people of color, and rural residents continues to lag.

Significantly, vaccine distribution is finally reaching more people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

To help guide our community, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) launched, where people with IDD can find trusted resources about COVID-19 vaccinations in their area.

UCP launches Life Without Limits podcast

This month’s Life Without LImits quarterly newsletter (scroll down to sign up) includes a special feature: a link to UCP’s new Life Without Limits podcast. Our inaugural interview features Julie Ward, senior executive officer for public policy for The Arc. Julie was on the show to talk about the upcoming 2021 Disability Policy Seminar, April 19-22. UCP is one of several national community partners supporting the DPS, which is a virtual gathering this year. (Check out the event’s discounted rates for self-advocates and students.)

If you have an idea for a future episode of Life Without Limits, or if you know someone who wants to apply to co-host the program, contact James at

On a related note, Cerebral Palsy Alberta, one of two UCP affiliates in Canada, also has a new podcast, My Life Without Limits, hosted by Carlos Gonzalez and Leah Ison. Congratulations to Carlos, Leah and the entire team at CP Alberta. We’ll be listening.

Case for Inclusion

UCP’s 2021 Case for Inclusion report, published in partnership with the ANCOR Foundation, keeps making news. In addition to our op-ed in The Hill, the publication has been featured by,, Healthcare IT News, Marion Star, and Open Minds.

The report examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on community-based disability services and provides a blueprint for a more sustainable disability services system. To read the 2021 Case for Inclusion report, visit

RJ Mitte

Honorary UCP Board Member RJ Mitte co-stars in Triumph

UCP is proud to announce that actor and honorary UCP Board Member RJ Mitte, who has cerebral palsy, is co-starring in a new film about a person CP who’s determined to join his high school wrestling team.

Based on a true story, Triumph is slated for release on digital streaming platforms on June 28, 2021. It stars Mitte and Oscar nominee Terrence Howard. Mitte played Walt Jr. on Breaking Bad. Howard and Mitte are co-executive producers of Triumph. To watch a trailer for the film, click here.


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