Orlando, Fla. (WiredPRNews.com) Developing the necessary skills to function in life can be a difficult task for any child, but especially for a child with special needs. With the help of UCP of Central Florida, more than 150 children, many with special needs, graduated on Friday, June 10 at 9:00 a.m. at Greater Trinity Baptist Fellowship Church with the skills necessary to move into a kindergarten classroom.
“Each of these 150 graduates has made remarkable strides in their development,” said Ilene Wilkins, President/CEO of UCP of Central Florida. “Many of them came to UCP unable to walk, talk and/or feed themselves. Now, after hard work by everyone involved, each child has accomplished so much and has unlimited potential as they move to the next grade level.”
As part of the graduation program, JoAnn Dator-LaBarr, mother of Alexander LaBarr who graduated during Friday’s ceremony, spoke about the remarkable progress her son has made.
“Alexander has come so far thanks to all the team members at UCP,” said JoAnn Dator-LaBarr, whose son has developmental delays. “Alexander started at UCP two years ago with little mobility or ability to interact with others. Now, as Alexander graduates at age 5, he loves his teachers and classmates and interacts with smiles and laughter.”
Following the presentation of the diplomas, guests participated in a special sing-along followed by a reception with refreshments.
Founded in 1955, UCP of Central Florida provides support, education and therapy services for children with and without special needs from birth to age 21. Services are offered at six locations throughout Central Florida. Call (407) 852-3300 or visit www.ucpcfl.org for more information. Find us on facebook at facebook.com/UCPcentralflorida.