United Ability’s abiliTEE Golf Classic is all about two hand waves and fist bumps

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The Fleury family. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

If you are a golfer participating in United Ability’s annual abiliTEE Classic Golf Tournament, April 22nd at Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Valley, be prepared to receive some awesome two-hand waves, fist bumps and smiles.

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See how United Ability got its name and celebrate with a free car tag

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United Ability’s Claire Haynie holds up the car tag. Photo via United Ability

Four years ago, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham, one of our community’s most beloved and cherished charities, changed its name to United Ability on Valentine’s Day.

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What is something GOOD you can report from 2020? Answer: United Ability

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

Each morning, longtime Birmingham Mountain Radio DJs Scott Register and Will Lochamy pose a question of the day to their loyal listeners. On Tuesday, December 29th they asked:

Reg and Will wanna know: What is something GOOD you can report from 2020?

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A little boy blowing a kiss will convince you to become a United Ability champion

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Croft Aycock with his parents Matt and Elizabeth. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Croft Aycock, a one-and-a-half-year-old boy, blew me a kiss across the living room. Right then and there, he captured my heart…and he will capture yours too. 

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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

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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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See how United Ability continues to teach, care and love during the COVID-19 crisis

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When the COVID-19 crisis started to grow nationwide, and schools, medical offices, and stores began to close, the first organization I thought about was United Ability here in Birmingham.

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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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