Celebrate United Ability’s Journey of HOPE at HOME all week and on August 29th. Here’s how.

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United Ability staff, Shep and Dr. Law. Photo courtesy of United Ability

Before the COVID-19 coronavirus worldwide pandemic struck back in March, I loved attending fundraising events. There was one event that was permanently ‘circled’ on my social calendar.

United Ability’s Journey of HOPE.

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United Ability to honor staff and pay tribute to the memory of Dr. Gary Edwards at Journey of HOPE at home

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Teachers and staff at United Ability’s Hand In Hand. Photo courtesy of United Ability

This year’s United Ability Journey of HOPE fundraising event will be extra special.

On August 29th, United Ability, an organization that serves over 5,700 children and adults with disabilities, will be honoring their staff and paying tribute to the memory of Gary Edwards —Dr. E—the group’s beloved CEO for nearly 38 years.

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Garrett Powell from the Bachelorette wants you to order United Ability Day t-shirts today

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Garrett Powell on the left with Chris Biggins on the right and United Ability Hand in Hand students. Photo courtesy of United Ability

Homewood native Garrett Powell, former contestant on Season 15 of The Bachelorette, wants YOU to buy a t-shirt. Why?

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Birmingham mourns passing of longtime United Ability CEO Gary Edwards

Dr. Gary Edwards (in the white shirt) celebrating the 70th anniversary of United Ability with the adults at our LINCPoint Adult Day Program. Photo courtesy of United Ability

Yesterday, United Ability announced the passing of Dr. Gary Edwards, their beloved Chief Executive Officer for nearly 38 years.

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Celebrate United Ability Day with Leah and her family on July 17

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NaTasha Garrett and her daughter Leah wearing this year’s United Ability Day t-shirt. Photo courtesy of NaTasha Garrett

On NaTasha Garrett’s worst days, when she needs strength, she looks at her daughter Leah, who cannot speak or crawl, and has a genetic disorder so rare there isn’t a name for it.  

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Band of brothers: Birmingham’s Dads of Kids with Special Needs group celebrates first year

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Dads of Kids with Special Needs at Dread River. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

On the first Tuesday of every month, at 6:00 pm, 10 to 15 dads meet up at a local Birmingham area restaurant. They have one thing in common.

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Alexa, lights on. See how Amazon’s Echo Dot is changing lives at United Ability

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United Ability’s Alyssa Scharf, Stacy Fredrick and Rebekah Waldrum working with a communication device and Amazon Echo Dot. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

“Alexa, lights on”

Those three words are life-changing for people who cannot communicate or have mobility issues, according to speech-language pathologists Alyssa Scharf and Rebekah Waldrum at United Ability.

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Meet Shep. One of United Ability’s superheroes leading their Champions Campaign in Birmingham

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United Ability superheroes at Hand in Hand. Photo from Kati Maddox

Every year, United Ability holds its Champions Campaign, a year-end fundraiser that supports the Hand In Hand Early Learning program for children 6 weeks up to 5 years of age, living with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, and other lifelong challenges.

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United Ability employs over 70 people with disabilities in Birmingham. Find out how they do it.

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The staff of United Ability’s Gone for Good. Abe Bernstein is in the blue shirt in the center. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Several years ago, Abe Bernstein and his wife toured United Ability. A few weeks afterward, he was asked to interview for the Director of Enterprises position, even though he was not looking for a job. After the interview, United Ability gave him the opportunity to join their team.

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More than a party: United Ability’s Vino & Van Gogh Wine and Art event on August 22 is life-changing. Tickets limited.

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Lucas Teske at United Ability. Photo courtesy of Amy Teske

This year’s United Ability’s Vino & Van Gogh Wine and Art fundraiser is more than a party for event co-chair Amy Teske. It is an opportunity to give back and say thanks to a special organization.

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Journey of Hope benefitting United Ability

Our annual Journey of Hope supports the advancement of medicine, technology, and therapies for people living with disabilities. Spend an evening getting to know United Ability as we follow the journeys of families whose lives have been forever changed through our programs. Enjoy an exciting performance by America’s Got Talent finalist Brian King Joseph, The King of Violin.