Paul Landry celebrates 25 years advocating for individuals with disabilities…even Cerebral Palsy has not held him again | Information

DETROIT, August 11, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Paul Landry has cerebral palsy. He also has a wife and two children and has worked for MI-UCP (Michigan United Cerebral Palsy) for 25 years, helping people with disabilities on their way to self-employment.

Landry currently serves as the Director of Employment Programs and leads the Work Incentive Planning and Support (WIPA) project for Livingston, Oakland and Wayne Counties. He set the fee for the service with Michigan Rehabilitation Services and the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons. Paul is also involved Michigans Subcommittee of the Employment First initiative, which provides support for national social counseling and recommendations on the state’s Medicaid – Freedom of Work program.

“I have been fortunate to have enjoyed my work at MI-UCP for the past 25 years, providing options for people with disabilities to help them make informed decisions about their own lives,” said Landry. “Thank you Elmer Cerano and Leslynn Angel for your guidance and the opportunity to get involved in my very own way. “

Landry did his Masters from Central Michigan University in public administration with a strong focus on nonprofit management. Within the community, he serves as a board member for the Community Housing Network and Arc Livingston, and is also an active member of Leadership Oakland as a past board member. In Spring 2014, Landry received the Leader of Leaders Award for Personal Leadership from Leadership Oakland.

Leslynn Angel, President and CEO of MI-UCP, said: “I’ve known Paul for 25 years through the agency’s ups and downs and he has been instrumental in closing the disability gap.”

Paul is celebrating 25 years by asking others to contribute:


Paul was not born with cerebral palsy. However, when he was four months old, he stopped breathing. His father gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but in that short time he developed cerebral palsy. This has led to many challenges that Paul successfully faced head-on. In the fall of 1991, while attending the GVSU, Paul wanted to start a career in the city administration. This led to the study of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which only came into effect last year.

Paul was doing an internship for the county Ottawa in the spring of 1993. During this time he was introduced to the disabled community through the Center for Independent Living (CIL), Hope Network. He has helped Leadership Oakland and MI-UCP build an accessible ramp to help a young woman become more independent in her community. In 1996 Paul joined the UCP /Detroit (now MI-UCP) employee where he has since made significant strides in the disability community.

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About MI-UCP

MI-UCP was founded in 1949 as the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Metropolitan Detroit (UCP /Detroit). This included Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. That same year founded the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Michigan (UCP /Michigan) was established to meet the needs of constituents in the rest of the state Michigan.

In 2020, these two organizations merged to form MI-UCP (Michigan United Cerebral Palsy). The aim is to expand our scope of services. In reality, more than 65 percent of the people we care for have a disability other than cerebral palsy. These include autism, spinal cord injuries, intellectual disabilities, visual impairments, and many other disabling conditions.

By uniting as MI-UCP, we are able to act more efficiently and effectively as one of the state’s leading sources of information, referrals and strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations. And through offices in Detroit and Lansing, we can continue to be a leading attorney for all 1.4 million people with disabilities in Michigan. For more information or to contact MI-UCP, please visit the website at

For media inquiries, please contact:

Leslynn Angel

[email protected]

248-557-5070 x154

Paul Landry

[email protected]

248-557-5070 x 113

Media contact

Marc Harlow, Harlow Public Relations, +1 810-599-2558, [email protected]

SOURCE Michigan United Cerebral Palsy

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