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New Year, New Possibilities

Anyone that knows me, knows that I am not good at keeping people informed about what is going on with me. Hence, the long period of time without a new post. Well, with the new year comes a chance to do many things better. So, here’s to keeping you informed about what’s going on with…

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Happy Thanksgiving

We here at UPMA would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. The challenges of living with (or having a loved one with) a disability can make it hard to focus on the positive sometimes. Use this day to take some time to find those positive things, however small they may seem, and…

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Walk Now for Autism Speaks

There are less than 3 weeks left before the walk at Anaheim Stadium. We will once again have a booth, so please stop by and say hi. Our goal is to raise $1000 for Autism Speaks this year. The money raised goes toward autism research and providing therapy to individuals with ASD. You can donate…

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Coach Kristen in Masters World Championship

This weekend Coach Kristen competed in the IBJJF Masters World Championship in Long Beach, CA. This is the largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament in the world for people over 30 years old. We would like to congratulate Coach on placing second her division. This is a big accomplishment, so make sure to pat her on…

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Last Day to Help Autism Speaks with a T-shirt

Today is the last day to help Autism Speaks raise money and get an awesome T-shirt. Order your T-shirt today from Sevenly and they will donate $7 to Autism Speaks. This money goes directly to providing therapy to children with Autism. Therapy, especially at an early age, has been proven to help kids with Autism…

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Let’s Stop Bullying Together

Bullying is an epidemic plaguing our youth today. It is an even bigger problem in the special needs community. Children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their non disabled peers. We all hope that there are teachers or parents that can step in and stop such harassment, but…

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Tip-a-Cop

Looking for a way to help out the special needs community and get a great meal? Look no further. Join Red Robin and your local law enforcement for their Tip-a-Cop fundraiser. On October 16, Special Olympics Orange County will partner with Red Robin for the annual Red Robin Tip-A-Cop. Law enforcement officers will wait tables,…

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Welcome Miguel!

Let’s take some time to welcome our newest student, Miguel, to UPMA. Miguel comes to us from Texas where he studied Tae Kwon Do. Miguel has Cerebral Palsy and has some physical limitations, but he isn’t going to let that hold him back. Way to go, Miguel!

We need your help!

There are thousands of people with disabilities living in Orange County and Long Beach. Sadly, at this time, UPMA doesn’t have the resources to advertise and let people know that we’re here to serve them. That’s where you come in. Right now, we get most of our new students through referral. Please do us a…

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