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Nintendo Wii Assists United Cerebral Palsy Therapy Program

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Clay Martin and Tara Helms of Martin & Helms, P.C., a local personal injury law firm, presented a Nintendo Wii gaming system to United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville & Tennessee Valley, Inc., (UCP) Aug. 17 in conjunction with the nationwide InjuryBoard Project Wii-hab.

UCP Family Services Supervisor Julie Carden accepted the donation of a Wii Fit, Wii Sports, Wii Play, and controllers on behalf of the organization. UCP 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 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operating 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 Madison, Marshall, Morgan, Limestone, and Jackson counties. Additionally, UCP’s childcare training, respite and technology services reach statewide.

“Being on the Board of UCP for the past several years, I have come to learn first hand that their physical and occupational therapy programs are top notch and provide life-changing treatment to the facility’s patients. So, when the folks at Injury Board 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,” provided Clay Martin. “We, as a law firm, are very proud to be in a position to assist UCP.”

InjuryBoard is a growing community of personal injury law firms, attorneys, safety industry experts, and consumer advocates committed to making a difference by helping people avoid injury, and to helping those who are injured get the assistance they need to move on with their lives after an accident.

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 rediscovery healthy living.

For more information on the Martin & Helms, P.C. donation to UCP, contact Clay Martin or Tara Helms at 539-1990 or martin@martinhelms.com; helms@martinhelms.com. For more information on this and all UCP programs and services, contact Julie Carden at 852-5600 or jcarden@ucphuntsville.org.

For more information on the nationwide InjuryBoard Project Wii-hab, contact

Wii Give-Away Project Coordinator James Cool at JCool@injuryboard.com or

(520) 909-8753.