Clay Martin and Tara Helms of Martin & Helms, P.C., a local law firm, presented a Nintendo Wii gaming system to United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville & Tennessee Valley on August 17th in conjunction with the nationwide Project Wii-hab.
UCP of Huntsville & Tennessee Valley Family Services Supervisor Julie Carden accepted the donation of a Wii Fit, Wii Sports, Wii Play, and controllers on behalf of the organization. UCP of Huntsville & Tennessee Valley therapists will use the new gaming equipment during physical and occupational therapies with clients of all ages and abilities.
“Our therapy center is excited to have a Wii system to use with our clients,” Carden explained. “It will be an interactive, fun way to incorporate skills, such as motor coordination, balance, and hand-eye coordination, into therapy sessions. We look forward to using it with clients of all ages.”
UCP of Huntsville & Tennessee Valley operates two regional centers in Huntsville for individuals in the North Alabama area with cerebral palsy and those representing approximately 155 additional diagnoses, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, autism, Down syndrome, and sports-related injuries. UCP provides physical, occupational and speech therapies, as well as educational, technology and social services to more than 1,000 individuals with disabilities and their families annually in the area. Additionally, UCP’s childcare training, respite and technology services reach statewide. Project Wii-hab will serve to strengthen an already established family of therapies and services at UCP of Huntsville & Tennessee Valley.
“Being on the Board of UCP for the past several years, I have come to learn firsthand that their physical and occupational therapy programs are top notch and provide life-changing treatment to the organization’s clients. So, when the folks at InjuryBoard suggested the Wii give-away program, I immediately knew that such a donation would be well-received and put to great use by the therapists at UCP,” Martin said. “We, as a law firm, are very proud to be in a position to assist UCP.”
The InjuryBoard network of attorneys banded together this August for Project Wii-hab. The project encourages InjuryBoard members, like Martin & Helms, P.C., to donate Wii gaming systems to hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes in the communities they serve in an effort to encourage patients to rediscover healthy living.
For more information, visit the UCP of Huntsville & Tennessee Valley Web site or contact Tracy Cieniewicz at 256-859-4900.