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UCP Suffolk Individuals Celebrate
The Life of Martin Luther King Jr.
UCP Suffolk participants recently celebrated the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Sensationals, a group of 45 individuals with disabilities from the UCP Suffolk Adult Day Services Program and Mill Neck Services, performed at the 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held at the Pilgrim State Center in Brentwood on January 14th.
The group performed “Let There Be Peace on Earth” and “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra. The songs were interpreted by sign language and led by group member, Toni Ann. The Sensationals signed their way into the hearts of the audience and received a standing ovation at the end of their performance.
“They love to be on stage,” Rachel Breslin, Day Treatment Activities Supervisor of UCP Suffolk said. “It is such an honor that we are asked to perform at this celebration every year. This group lives by Dr. King’s legacy of having a dream, living that dream and working with others to make that dream come true.”
Under the direction of Breslin, the group has performed at many community events and have mastered 50 adult songs and 25 children’s songs. In addition to performing, the group explores proper breathing techniques, the benefits of movement, and the importance of being healthy. They discuss the significance of advocating for themselves and other individuals with disabilities.
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