"We have a bond like no other. He's my angel. My gift from God!" says Tammy Watts of her son Clifton.
Clifton has been a member of United Cerebral Palsy's Adult Day Program (ADP) since August of 2008 and has been attending Camp SMILE since the summer of 2010. All who know and work with Clifton describe him as a complete and utter joy. "He sees the world as one big, happy, loving place," says Tammy.
For Clifton and his family, United Cerebral Palsy is a second home. When he first started within United Cerebral Palsy's ADP, Clifton kept to himself and experienced frequent mood swings. However, walking through the Adult Day Program facility now, one would never guess that this would have been the case. Clifton will greet anyone with a huge smile, a hug and maybe even a kiss!
When asked about the effect of this program on Clifton and his family, his mother states, "Clifton is very smart though he can't communicate well. One thing he does know is when someone cares for him and loves him. He picks up on these feelings and thrives on them. As far as what UCP has done for our family, UCP has given us a peace of mind knowing that we are leaving him in good hands, with people who genuinely love Clifton. We don't have to worry during the day if he's being taken care of, we know without a doubt [....] I can only speak for the Adult Day Program and when I do it comes from the heart. This is the best group of people and you couldn't ask for better."
Among a few of his favorite things, Clifton loves spending summer days with his family out on the boat or in the pool. So, it is no surprise that he loves Camp SMILE. This year will mark Clifton's 7th year at Camp. "Camp SMILE has been the most rewarding thing I think we've ever experienced. The first year was very hard on Clifton and myself because of the separation issue, but every year has gotten better. I can say that the directors/counselors have got to be angels sent from heaven. I have never seen such caring and understanding people. It's always the most heartfelt feeling to see how they interact with Clifton. When you walk up everyone yells out, 'Hey, Clifton!' If I'm not crying because of having to leave him (which no longer happens) then I'm shedding tears of joy! I would highly recommend it to anyone who has a child with disabilities. It is an amazing experience," says Tammy.
It is hard to believe that this joyful man was once so reserved and closed off. The folks at United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile are forever grateful to know Clifton and to share in this small part of his story!
Montgomery – Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg today announced the signing of a contract between the two states, making the Enable Savings Plan for individuals with disabilities available to Alabama residents. The savings plan will be known as Enable Savings Plan Alabama. Interested Alabamians are encouraged to visit EnableAL.com for more information.
“We are excited to announce the prelaunch of Enable and the partnership with the Nebraska Treasurer’s Office. Enable will encourage and assist individuals and families to save private funds to support individuals with disabilities in order to maintain health, independence, and quality of life,” said Alabama Treasurer Young Boozer.
“As Trustee of Enable, I am optimistic about the future of the tax-advantaged Enable Savings Plan for children and adults with disabilities, and I am committed to making sure the Enable plan serves the needs of Alabama residents, just as it serves the needs of Nebraskans. I look forward to working with Treasurer Boozer to introduce Enable in Alabama and watch it grow,” Stenberg said.
Launched June 30 nationwide, the Enable Savings Plan came about as a result of the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act – known as ABLE – passed by Congress in 2014. The act was modeled after state-sponsored 529 college savings programs, like the CollegeCounts 529 Fund available in Alabama. The Alabama Legislature passed the Alabama ABLE Act in June 2015.
The Enable Savings Plan offers four investment options for savers - growth, moderate and conservative mutual funds, and a bank savings investment option. A checking account option is being developed for implementation at a later date.
“The Enable Savings Plan makes it possible for qualifying children and adults in Alabama to experience greater financial independence and security without jeopardizing the public benefits they already may receive through Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, or other needsbased programs,” said Treasurer Boozer.
Please visit EnableAL.com for more information and updates.
Enable is a tax-advantaged savings plan to help make saving simple and affordable for individuals with disabilities. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Visit EnableSavings.com, EnableAL.com, and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.
Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* · No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee · May Lose Value *Except the Bank Savings Individual Investment Option
Believe it or not, your electronic junk can help United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile in a BIG way!
UCP is collecting electronics for recycling. As you replace your household or business electronics, don't throw out your old devices! We are currently accepting:
DVD and Blu Ray Players
Home/Office Telephones and Telecommunications Equipment
Cables: Audio/Video, HDMI, Coaxial, Computer Power Cable, etc.
Old Computer Servers
Flat Screen TVs and Flat Screen Monitors that work
Printers and Fax Machines
Ink and Toner Cartridges
*At this time, we do not take tube TVs and tube computer monitors
The first step is to call John Vella at our office (251) 338-3357. John is UCP's resident e-waste expert and can clarify any questions you may have. Electronic junk can be dropped off your equipment at 3086 Dauphin Square Connector...our collection site.