NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (July 23, 2015) – – UCP Wheels for Humanity traveled to Havana, Cuba last month to delivery much-needed assistive devices to children with disabilities. Volunteer physical therapists assisted in fitting more than 150 recipients with properly-fitted wheelchairs.
UCP Wheels staff and volunteers held a seating clinic for children at Escuela Solidaridad con Panama and delivered wheelchairs to the Frank Pais Orthopedic Hospital. UCP Wheels CEO Ronald S. Cohen, Ph.D. and Director of Programs Katherine Selengia also met with the principal of the school, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Public Health and Ministry of Education. This is UCP Wheels’ first visit to Cuba after the U.S. re-established diplomatic relations with the country earlier this year.
“We’re happy to provide assistance to these people in need,” says Michael Allen, Executive Director of UCP Wheels. “Those wheelchairs are the first step in moving their lives forward to new opportunities.”
This seating clinic would not be possible without the support of UCP Wheels board member Peter Zimble. UCP Wheels has held seating clinics all over the world including Thailand, Mexico, Ukraine, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Ethiopia that have assisted thousands of children and adults with disabilities. For more information on UCP Wheels for Humanity, visit www.ucpwheels.org.
About UCP Wheels for Humanity
A subsidiary of United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties, UCP Wheels for Humanity was founded in 1996 to increase access to mobility for children and adults with physical disabilities who live in developing countries. UCP Wheels provides mobility, therapy and empowerment programs to more than 6,000 adults and children each year and acts as an advocate and capacity-building partner to local organizations, creating sustainable, community-based systems that support long-term change. For more information, visit www.ucpwheels.org