UCP 2022 Annual Conference


May 3-4, 2022

United Cerebral Palsy invites you to attend our 2022 Annual Conference.

This year’s conference is May 3 – 4, Noon to 3:30 p.m. Eastern, each day.

This event is virtual, free and open to the public. Register today!

The conference will cover a range of topics, including the latest research and innovative treatments for cerebral palsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders, accessibility and innovation in the transportation industry, workforce challenges for direct support professionals, and an update on federal public policy affecting people with disabilities.

Our keynote speakers

  • May 3 — UCP Honorary Board Member and renowned television and film actor RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad, Triumph)
  • May 4 — Neil Jacobson, lifelong activist and founder and CEO of AbiliCorp. Neil and Denise Jacobson were featured in the Academy Award Winning Documentary Crip Camp.
  • May 4 — Presentation of United Cerebral Palsy’s 2022 Legislative Award to Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN)

Questions or media inquires: UCP Communications Coordinator jgarcia@ucp.org, 602-460-1374

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Conference Agenda

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Tuesday, May 3

(Speakers bios)

Scheduled times are all ET

  • 12:00-12:10 p.m. — Welcome and Introductions: UCP Chair Keith Graham, President/CEO Armando Contreras, premier sponsor remarks by Amanda V. Zink of Waymo
  • 12:10-12:15 p.m.— Video: “UCP’s Translational Research Initiative”
  • 12:15 – 1:05 p.m. — Panel: “Transforming Children’s Lives: Evidence to Support Pediatric Therapy Practice.” Moderator: James Garcia, UCP Communications Coordinator. Panelists: Karen Harpster, PhD, OTR/L, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati; Valerie Pieraccini MS, OTR, director of the Clinic and Home-Based Therapy Program & Early Learning Center at UCP of Central Arizona and co-chair for the UCP Research Committee; and Diane L Damiano PT, PhD, FAPTA, Senior Investigator at the National Institutes of Health.
  • 1:05 -1:20 p.m. — Break
  • 1:20 – 2:10 p.m. — Keynote Speaker: Actor/Producer/Activist RJ Mitte on “Art, Advocacy and Triumphs”
  • 2:10 – 2:25 p.m. — Break
  • 2:25 – 3:20 p.m. — Panel: “Clashing Crises: The State of America’s Direct Support Professional Workforce and the Case for Inclusion.” Moderator: Shane Kanady, Vice President of Workforce Development at Source America. Panelists: Robert Espinoza, Vice President of Policy at PHI; Lydia Dawson, Director of Policy, Regulatory & Legal Analysis at ANCOR; Colleen Crispino, President and CEO of UCP of Long Island. 
  • 3:20 – 3:30 p.m. — Closing Remarks, DSP & Volunteer Recognitions

Wednesday, May 4

(Speakers bios)

Scheduled times are all ET

  • 12:00 -12:05 p.m. — Welcome and Introductions: President/CEO Armando Contreras
  • 12:05 p.m. — Video: “Fundraising with Steptember”
  • 12:10 to 1:05 p.m. — Panel: “Accessibility, Innovation and Transportation: A Way Forward.” Moderator: Pete Bigelow, Automotive News. Panelists: Henry Claypool, Technology Policy Consultant for American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD); Rory Cooper, PhD, Distinguished Professor, FISA/Paralyzed Veterans of America; Kerry Brennan, UX Research Manager on the Waymo Insights team. 
  • 1:05 -1:20 p.m. — Break
  • 1:20 – 1:25 p.m. — 2022 Legislative Award Presentation, Honoring Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)
  • 1:25 – 2:10 p.m. — Keynote Speaker: AbiliCorp Founder and CEO Neil Jacobson. His presentation is titled: “Neil Jacobson: Beyond Crip Camp; A Lifetime of Disability Rights Advocacy” Neil and Denise Jacobson’s stories were featured in the Academy Award winning documentary “Crip Camp.”
  • 2:10 – 2:25 p.m. — Break
  • 2:25 – 3:20 p.m. — Panel: “After Build Back Better, What’s Next? Funding HCBS and More…” Moderator: UCP Policy Committee Chair Jeanne De Sa; Panelists: Kate McSweeny, President/CEO of ACCSES; Craig Dulniak, Senior Policy Advisor for U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen; and Andrea Stoesz, Director of External Affairs, Gillette Children’s.
  • 3:20 – 3:30 p.m. — Closing Remarks

Register Today!

Questions or media inquiries?

UCP Communications Coordinator jgarcia@ucp.org, 602-460-1374