Diane Wilush is the Recipient of the Ellis School 2017 Queenie Award!

Diane Wilush is the President and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia and United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina as well as a founding member of Georgia’s Service Provider Association for Developmental Disabilities. Additionally, she is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the National United Cerebral Palsy Organization. Diane came to UCP of Georgia in 1994 and took the small nonprofit that was serving only the Atlanta area and grew it to serving over 500 individuals and families in two states. She is a leader that works one-on-one with families who call her for assistance but also is known for her policy and advocacy expertise, which is why she is the perfect candidate for our 2017 Queenie award. Congratulations Diane!

Thank you to everyone who made our FAMILY FUN DAY a huge success!

Our sponsors and donors as well as our staff and volunteers make community programs like this possible. We had over 100 family members and friends in attendance, we met our fundraising goal, and we had a great time playing together at Sensations Therafun.  They enjoyed adapted zip lining, rock wall climbing, art projects, swings, and much more. 

Thank you to PACE Academy's fifth grade for supporting our event as their community partner for the year. 

And a special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor for Family Fun Day, Reliable Heating & Air, Plumbing & Electrical.  Our families and children had such a great day because of their support.

Special thanks to our other event sponsors including:


Carol & Larry Gellerstedt

GHI Life Sharing Services

Steve Hart

Mary Ellen McDonald 

Rhonda O'Gorman

Michael & Bandi Helvey

Special thanks to our Mission Partners including:

Dynamic Therapy Associates

Early Insights

Perspectives Holistic Therapy

RS Goldring

The George Center

Sensations Therafun

Sensations Therafun is an exciting, safe alternative to ‘typical’ playgrounds. It is designed especially for sensory recreation. Sensations is great place for all kids ranging from those currently in therapy or those who just need a good place to play. They are open to all ages and physical abilities.

Do you know someone who is a champion in the Special needs community? Nominate them for the QUEENIE AWARD 2018!

The Queenie award was created in honor of a special member of our community, “Queenie”, Rena Lawson Everett.  The award is given to a deserving individual from metro Atlanta that goes above and beyond to champion people with disabilities.  We will begin accepting applications on February 1st, 2018. 

The winner will be recognized at the Ellis School’s annual Family Fun Day.  If you have any questions, please email Christie Smith

All contributions are tax-deductible.